FLOWERS OF PALESTINE
Wild Flowers of Palestine was originally published around 1870 in
three editions in English, French, and German. It contained fifty-four
plates printed in colour, after drawings and paintings by a Swiss
missionary, Hanna Zeller, then resident in Nazareth, Palestine.
In this edition the English text is also translated into Arabic
along with the popular names of the flowers. The book is introduced
by Palestine's most famous poet, Mahmoud Darwish.
Hanna Zeller nee Gobat was born in
the winter of l838-l839 in Beuggen, Switzerland, daughter of Bishop
Samuel Gobat of Jerusalem who was the founder of the first Christian
school in Jerusalem in 1847. In 1859 Hanna married Revd John Zeller,
a Swiss missionary known as the 'Missionary of Nazareth'. Both her
father and husband were great pioneers and promoters of education
and teachers' training. It was during her time in the region that
she depicted the beauty of the flora of the Holy Land through the
fine paintings in this volume. The fifty-four plates reproduced
are intended as an accessible and beautiful introduction to some
of the natural treasures of Palestine.
This book is a modest way of launching
the Al-Qattan Charitable Trust's activities, which concentrate on
fields of culture and education in and about Palestine and the Arab
235 x 170mm, 54 colour plates, hardback
ISBN 18 0 9531177 0 7
A limited number of these prints in frames are also available.
Al-Qattan Charitable Trust 1997
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