Elfriede Abbe

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Elfriede Abbe
Born Elfriede Martha Abbe
February 6, 1919[1]
Washington, DC[1]
Died December 31, 2012[1]
Manchester, Vermont[1]
Nationality American
Education Cornell University
Known for Sculpture

Elfriede Martha Abbe (1919-2012) was an American sculptor, wood engraver and botanical illustrator, often displaying nature and simple country living inspired by her Upstate New York home. A self-publisher, Abbe created numerous hand-printed books, which she printed on a printing press in her studio.

Personal life & teaching[edit]

Sixth Day by Elfriede Abbe

Elfriede Abbe was born in Washington, D.C. in 1919.[2] She graduated from Cornell University in 1940,[3] earning a degree in architecture, and attended Syracuse University.[2] From 1942 until her retirement in 1974 she was an illustrator at Cornell.[3] After retiring from Cornell, she lived and worked in Vermont. She lived in Manchester[4] until her death in 2012. During her retirement, she published on art and natural history, continuing to produce artwork throughout her life.

Notable awards[edit]

Notable collections[edit]

Published works[edit]

  • Abbe, Elfriede. The Plants of Virgil's Georgics: Commentary and Woodcuts By Elfriede Abbe. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1965. ISBN 0-8014-0001-5
  • Abbe, Elfriede. Seven Irish Tales. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1957.[14]
  • Abbe, Elfriede. Mushrooms: Wood Engravings in Color. Elfriede Abbe, 1970.[15]
  • Abbe, Elfriede. How Prints Are Made. Manchester, Vt.: South Vermont Art Center Press, 1971.[16]
  • Abbe, Elfriede. An Introduction to Hand-made Paper. Manchester, Vt.: Southern Vermont Art Center Press, 1972.[17]
  • Abbe, Elfriede. The Fern Herbal: Including the Ferns, the Horsetails, and the Club Mosses. Ithaca: Comstock, 1981. [18]


  1. ^ a b c d "Legacy.com Obituary". 
  2. ^ a b "Artist biographies" (PDF). Arizona Timebank. Retrieved 13 Jun 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Elfriede Abbe work on exhibit at Cornell's Kroch Library". Cornell Chronicle. 1996. Retrieved 13 Jun 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Elfriede Abbe". Printmaking. Frog Hollow. Archived from the original on 2011-07-23. Retrieved 13 Jun 2011. 
  5. ^ "Art". Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation. Carnegie Mellon University. Archived from the original on 2 July 2002. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 
  6. ^ "Guide to the Elfriede Abbe Papers, 1840-2010". Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections. Cornell University Library. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 
  7. ^ "Garden spice and wild pot-herbs". Watsonline. Thomas J. Watson Library The Catalog of the Libraries of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 
  8. ^ "Seven Irish Tales". Thomas J. Watson Library. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 
  9. ^ "The city of Carcassonne". Thomas J. Watson Library. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 
  10. ^ "Plants of Virgil's Georgics". National Gallery of Art. National Gallery of Art. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 
  11. ^ "snap dragon". Botanical Art Database. New York Botanical Garden. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 
  12. ^ "Liber amicorum : presented in honor of Ruth Mortimer, 1994". Archivegrid. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 
  13. ^ "Fine Press". Yale University Library. Yale University. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 
  14. ^ Abbe, Elfriede (1957-01-01). Seven Irish tales. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press. 
  15. ^ Abbe, Elfriede (1970-01-01). Mushrooms: wood engravings in color. Elfriede Abbe. 
  16. ^ Abbe, Elfriede (1971-01-01). How prints are made. Manchester, Vt.: South Vermont Art Center Press. 
  17. ^ Abbe, Elfriede (1972-01-01). An introduction to hand-made paper. Manchester, Vt.: Southern Vermont Art Center Press. 
  18. ^ Abbe, Elfriede (1981-01-01). The fern herbal including the ferns, the horsetails and the club mosses. Ithaca [u.a.: Comstock Publ. 

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