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Short Description for The Woodbook Originally published in 14 volumes, "American Woods" is a work that has set the standard for the study of trees and wood. This work reproduces the specimen pages from the original volumes. For each tree, three different cross-section cuts of wood are represented, demonstrating the particular characteristics of the grain.
- Published: 25 September 2007
- Format: Hardback 864 pages
- ISBN 13: 9783822838181 ISBN 10: 3822838187
- Sales rank: 223,722
Full description for The Woodbook
Culled and assembled by Romeyn Beck Hough between 1888 and 1913 in what still remains a stunning and unparalleled achievement, "American Woods" - originally published in 14 volumes, with actual specimens mounted on card stock - is a work of breathtaking beauty that has set the standard for the study of trees and wood. "Taschen's Wood Book" reproduces, in painstaking facsimile, all of the specimen pages from the original volumes; for this purpose we have obtained the use of an extremely rare original set of volumes in very good condition, with minimal damage to the wood cuts. For each tree, three different cross-section cuts of wood are represented (radial, horizontal, and vertical), demonstrating the particular characteristics of the grain and the wealth of colors and textures to be found among the many different wood types. Also included in this special edition are lithographs by Charles Sprague Sargent of the leaves and nuts of most trees, as well as texts describing the trees' geographical origins and physical characteristics. Interior designers, craftsmen, nature enthusiasts, and artists alike will enjoy this beautiful collection of wood samples which includes many trees that are now very rare or completely extinct.