Jacqueline Thomas Books
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Since the 16C botanists have travelled to the wildest and most remote parts of the world in search of new species of trees, plants, bulbs and seeds. Early plant hunters were mostly sponsored by wealthy patrons in search of unusual and exotic species to enhance their estates, but as method of propagation gradually improved nurseries began to send out their own expeditions to find new exotics to grow and sell.
These intrepid explorers and adventurers enduring the most punishing conditions in their quest for the perfect specimen. Journeys at sea took many months and they suffered from extreme temperatures, malaria, fevers and injuries while exploring unknown territories. Despite many misadventures these brave plant hunters never failed to send home their remarkable discoveries.
30 pages printed on 250gsm somerset satin
hard bound with digitally printed paper cover
h 30 cm x 22 cm
All my books are based on subjects related in some way to science, presenting a visual narrative of historical and contemporary scientific subjects. with images collected and arranged from a wide variety of sources.
Some books are about specific scientists, for example William Herschel a scientist and musician, or the Indian mathematical genius Srinivasa Ramanujan. Others are concerned with a particular aspect of science, for example the Discovery of Electricity looks at the unusual way in which scientists explored the natural phenomena of electricity, Weaving Numbers follows the development of the computer from the Jacquard loom’, and the genius of Charles Babbage who recognised its potential for his calculating machine. Arabic Science East to West, a visual narrative of Arabic science in the 8th Century, takes the simplest overview of this complex subject.
My latest book, Plant Hunters – Explorers & Adventurers, is a new subject for me, based on a fascination for these early adventurers who brought so many garden plants and exotic species to Britain.
limited editions (maximum 10) digitally printed, stitched and hand-bound with screen-printed or digitally printed covers.
Plant Hunters – Explorers & Adventurers
Arabic Science East to West
William Herschel Astronomer and Musician
The Discovery of Electricity
Srinivasa Ramanujan Mathematician
The Ten Most Abundant Elements in the Universe
Cards of Discovery
Beyond Our Planet Annual for Boys
Where Could I Live?
Helen Storey: Life on the Outskirts (Commission)
Books in collections of: British Library Contemporary Collection; The Constance Howard Resource and Research Centre in Textiles, Goldsmiths, University of London; Kingston University, London; Stony Brook University, New York; Helen Storey Foundation; National Art Library, London, and Private collections in the US and the UK.
Upcoming events: BALTIC Self Publishing Artists’ Market, Newcastle 21 April 2018
Small Publishers Fair, Frome, Somerset 7 July 2018
I have been designing and making books for over ten years, and have exhibited my work at the Small Publishers Book Fair, London; London Art Book Fair, Whitechapel; BABE Arnolfini, Bristol, Oxford Fine Press Book Fair, and in Halifax, Leeds and Manchester. I exhibited a limited edition of Helen Storey: Life on the Outskirts commissioned by Kingston University, at Dorich House Museum, Kingston upon Thames, and showed books in the exhibition Art and the Quantum Moment at the Simons Centre for Geometry & Physics Stony Brook University, New York.