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Working Wildflowers: How Three Generations of Women Turned CP Traill’s Field Notes into a Best Seller

2021-09-05

Working Wildflowers: How Three Generations of Women Turned CP Traill’s Field Notes into a Best Seller
In 1861, at age 32, Agnes Fitzgibbon was left widowed with six children and in need of an income. She used her talent for art and recruited her daughters· help to create 500 copies of a book combining the field notes of her aunt, Catherine Parr Traill, with beautifully hand-painted images. However, no printer was willing to take on the project, and the only way they could secure a publisher was to find 500 subscribers for the book. Kyla will reveal how Agnes and her daughters secured a publisher for the now renowned Canadian Wildflowers book, worked on its four editions, and helped Catherine with her later books. When Algrove Publishing reproduced Canadian Wildflowers in 2003, the process of digitization unfortunately damaged the Canadian Museum of Nature·s copy used for this reproduction, resulting in the need for conservation treatment to repair the binding and secure the pages. Kyla, a professional conservator, brought the manuscript back to life. In 1861, at age 32, Agnes Fitzgibbon was left widowed with six children and in need of an income. She used her talent for art and recruited her daughters’ help to create 500 copies of a book combining the field notes of her aunt, Catherine Parr Traill, with beautifully hand-painted images. However, no printer was willing to take on the project, and the only way they could secure a publisher was to find 500 subscribers for the book. Kyla will reveal how Agnes and her daughters secured a publisher for the now renowned Canadian Wildflowers book, worked on its four editions, and helped Catherine with her later books. When Algrove Publishing reproduced Canadian Wildflowers in 2003, the process of digitization unfortunately damaged the Canadian Museum of Nature’s copy used for this reproduction, resulting in the need for conservation treatment to repair the binding and secure the pages. Kyla, a professional conservator, brought the manuscript back to life.

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