The Palm House. Photography by Amelia Stein. Introduction & Text by Brendan Sayers. Foreword By John Banville. Limited Edition of 100 Numbered Copies, Signed by all the Contributors. Accompanied by a Signed Archival Pigment Print by Amelia Stein. Dublin: Lilliput Press, 2012. Oblong folio. Pictorial paper boards, housed in publisher's slipcase. A fine copy.
Photographs taken in the Great Palm House at the National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin, Dublin, over a two year period and prior to its restoration. It records the unique relationship between the planting and the time-worn fabric of the building, & the seasonal changes in light as plants marked the passing of time. In the accompanying text, Brendan Sayers relates how a visitor felt on entering and exploring this exotic world. The history and the origin of the planting, the unique pot and tub culture, and the importance of the collection.