In 1947 when the original edition of this book appeared, we suggested that it was designed for the amateur who had graduated from the level of simple flower arrangements (a la Tabor & Kistner) to the expert techniques and technical knowledge assumed by the Rockwell's. Thirteen years have made a big difference. Almost everyone who cares anything about the subject has acquired enough know-how, has absorbed sufficient basic principles so that the ""new"" book is actually an all-in-one- volume depository of the data one needs for reference. The historical and period backgrounds are here- from the Oriental and the Occidental to the contemporary. Arrangements past and present proved that the subject is never static. Certain sections are designed for the serious student, but chapter by chapter even the neophyte will discover intelligible, practical, down-to-earth explanations of how to achieve effective flower arrangements, whether for the home, for special occasions, for flower shows. Successive sections are enhanced by excellent lists of usable material, seasonal from the cutting garden and the fields and woods, or from the greenhouse, the window garden or the florist. The practical aspects of selection and handling of garden material, of preparation in advance of arranging, of keeping fresh, are all useful adjuncts.