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Bonsai: Its Art, Science, History and Philosophy Paperback – Illustrated, February 1, 1997

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This lovely book, now available in paperback as well as in the original hardcover, has won acceptance as a standard on bonsai throughout the English-speaking world. It delves into the art & technique of bonsai styling, the text enhanced by line drawings & stunning color photographs.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 255 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated (February 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881923893
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881923896
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #780,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 15, 2000
Format: Paperback
This text was the one i'd been searching for so long. I've purchased a dozen bonsai books over the years and finally found Koreshoff's book. It's straight foreward, simple, and explains so many things i'd been confused about that other bonsai books don't touch on like the philosophical purpose of the shapes of trees. Bottom line is this: you can get many bonsai books and get close to what Koreshoff has done, or you can purchase hers and be done. You won't regret it.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Jim Seeden on March 12, 1998
Format: Paperback
With few color photographs but many excellent line drawings and lucid writing, the author covers all the essentials. The techniques presented are both practical and innovative. The chapters on shaping, soil, and styling are exceptional. Only Naka's two volume set rivals this publication.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By kennef on November 24, 2011
Format: Paperback
Before you start, this is a long review, but because of what I feel about this book, it requires a review that is more than `it was in good nick when I got it'

I have always been into the miniature, always had a scale model kit I was painting and putting together but whatever the kit was, a plane, bike, car etc., I always new it was never really about having the finished item sitting on a shelf to admire, it was always about the creation of the thing. Detail, precision, slowly putting it together, and watching it grow; for me the time spent in the patient re-creation of a little reproduction gave me `time out'. I ran out of shelf space a long time ago and just slowly stopped making models because there was always a prog to watch on tv or some gig I had to go out for, or surf the net for work, in short the creation and growing desire was lost to me for years.

I never intended to `get into' bonsai, didn't actually see it as anything I would do, until I actually met a couple of trees and saw what they were, what they could be, I knew I wanted to try my fingertips in there. The trees I first met were in my workplace and my colleague informed me they were really bad examples of bonsai, they were rejects from her boyfriends online bonsai business. Within a week, two S shaped chinese elms were brought into work, however, I could not choose between them so bought both. I was given some information about how to look after my little trees but seeing as I have always had a bit of a green finger, I felt confident about the basic care but, knowing there would be some special considerations I went to Waterstones the same day and bought a book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ken Legg on October 27, 2010
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Excellent book, easily the best book I have read on Bonsai & I can highly recommend it. If you want a full, well explained & illustrated account of all aspects of bonsai & want to read just one book then this in my opinion is the book. I like the fact that it covers the science as well as the art as when you understand why you do something it makes it easier to implement. If you are a beginner & have no other access to instruction you could learn the art of bonsai by just reading, understanding & implementing the information gleaned from this book. Written by somebody who has walked the walk & not just talked the talk & written in a practical & non academic way!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By dennis robertson on March 22, 2015
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The most comprehensive, touched all bases with touch of respect for father's influence. Very readable. My copy (used) was yellow markered though not presented as such. The photos of her trees don't seem to quite match the quality of trees we often see as examples. The book was highly recommended and I am very pleased to have it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jose Aguiar on July 19, 2013
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One of the absolute best books written on the cultivation of bonsai. I have read many, few are as comprehensive as this. The detailed history, philosophy and methods inspire and feed the sustainability of a time tested wonderful hobby.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lady Xray on August 12, 2013
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Pride of place in my bonsai reference library. Wonderfully researched and presented. History for me, styles and method right through to my inexperienced attempts.
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