Dorset: The Isle of Purbeck by Rena Gardiner

Dorset: The Isle of Purbeck by Rena Gardiner


A long awaited new edition of Rena Gardiner’s celebrated illustrated portrait of the Isle of Purbeck.
The artist and printmaker Rena Gardiner’s four books about Dorset are now regarded as some of the most unusual books about the county to have been published. A one-woman cottage industry, she wrote the text, drew the illustrations, and printed and bound the books herself. Copies are now scarce and eagerly sought after by collectors, making this new edition long overdue.
Dorset: The Isle of Purbeck was originally published in 1969, and many consider it her finest achievement. Here are Purbeck’s villages, landscapes and coast – all them brought vividly to life with the colour and exuberance that were the hallmarks of Rena Gardiner’s extraordinary style. Remarkably, little has changed since the book was first published, making it a fascinating portrait of one of the best loved corners of England. This new edition includes biographical notes and an introduction to the methods by which Rena Gardiner worked.


Large format paperback


92 pages in colour throughout

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  • About the author

    Rena Gardiner (1929-1999) was a printmaker, author and artist living in Dorset. During her career she produced illustrated books and pamphlets about buildings, towns and the countryside, completing a number of publications for the National Trust.