“. . . show how explorers, convicts, naval draftsmen, naturalists, scientists and artists, have shaped the history of collecting, recording and classifying Australian plants and birds. . . Using mere words, I shall not attempt to convey the beauty of the illustrations. . . great present for anyone interested in Australia's remarkable flora and fauna. And they should be in every Australian library."
(Linden Gillbank, University of Melbourne, Australia The Victorian Naturalist)
“This is not only a very beautiful book, rich in the finest examples of the botanical illustrators art, it is also a valuable overview of the history of botany in Australia. …This is a superbly produced book.”
(Ed Duyker Sutherland Shire Historical Society Bulletin)
"A beautiful pictorial account of the artistic richness of Australia."
“An enlightening and informative account of the history of illustration of Australian plants. Hewson weaves a tantalising story of science, art, history, exploration and adventure, that keeps the reader enthralled, eagerly seeking out the illustrations for the examples that relate to the text.”
Andrew Drinnan (Annals of Botany (Andrew Drinnan Annals of Botany)
“It’s a book of superb quality, this, with some 160 colour illustrations drawn from many sources in Europe and Australia.”
(Noel Shaw The Examiner)
"Every now and again, we receive a book that is extremely special – a work of art. In this case, a work of botanical art. Such a book is Australia: 300 Years of Botanical Illustration, by Dr Helen Hewson."
(John Thompson The Weekly Times)
“This a beautifully presented volume. It is generously illustrated using fine examples of botanical drawing and painting tracing the development of this art form as it has been applied to the Australian flora.”
(Carrick Chambers, Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney Historical Records of Australian Science) --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.