Wilfrid Blunt was for many years senior drawing master at Eton. An Associate of the Royal College of Art and a fellow of the Linnean Society, he was the author of a number of biographies and books on European art and botany: his The Art of Botanical Illustration has become a standard work of reference. He died in 1987. Professor William T. Stearn, who contributed a new Introduction, was a distinguished botanist of the British Museum (Natural History) and Honorary Curator of the Linnean Society's Botanic Collections. His appendix on Linnean Classification, Nomenclature and Method provides a concise and well documented survey of the basic facts necessary for understanding Linnaeus's work. He died in 2001.