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14. The Temple of Flora, edited by Glenn Todd and Nancy Dine, with art by Jim Dine.

The Temple of Flora, edited by Glenn Todd and Nancy Dine; with botanical notes compiled by Glenn Todd; poetry by John Ashbery, Richard G. Barnes, Hart Crane, Robert Creeley, E. E. Cummings, Hilda Doolittle, Robert Graves, Thom Gunn, Robert Hass, Andrew Hoyem, Ronald Johnson, Denise Levertov, Josephine Miles, Frank O'Hara, Ron Padgett, Robert Pinsky, Sylvia Plath, Ezra Pound, Kenneth Rexroth, James Schuyler, Edith Sitwell, Wallace Stevens, Philip Whalen, Jonathan Williams, and William Carlos Williams; and with 28 dry-point engravings by Jim Dine; 1984.

One of the grandest botanical books is the folio published in 1807 by Dr. Robert John Thornton, entitled The Temple of Flora. Our edition is a modern conceit: Dine used many of its color mezzotints as models for his own floral prints; its marriage of botanical information, philosophical commentary, and poetry was emulated by our editors; and the design of the volume is on a similarly sumptuous scale. While the later botany may be more exacting, Dine's renderings are less so, yet far more expressive. Some of the poems were commissioned to be written especially for this edition.

Format: 20-1/2 by 14 inches, 120 pages. The type is Monotype and handset Romulus. The paper is Rives BFK. Intaglio printing by R. E. Townsend, Inc., Georgetown, Massachusetts. Bound in boards with green goatskin spine and grey-green cloth sides; enclosed in a grey-green cloth box with inset bas-relief "Flora's Temple Gate" by Jim Dine, cast in bonded bronze, on the lid. Included in folder is an extra print of the frontispiece, "Details from Nancy's Garden" on chine collé, numbered and signed by the artist. The book is numbered and signed by the artist. Edition of 150 copies, $2,000.00. Out of print.*

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