'Urne-Buriall and The Garden of Cyrus', illustrated by Paul Nash (1932)

Commentary
'Urne-Buriall and The Garden of Cyrus', illustrated by Paul Nash (1932)
Collection: 
Fellows' Library, Winchester College

Full title: Thomas Browne, Urne-Buriall and The Garden of Cyrus (London, 1932), binding design and illustrations by Paul Nash (1889–1946)

The binding of this illustrated edition of Browne’s works is decorated with an urn overlaid with a diamond pattern called a quincunx. Browne believed that this geometric arrangement of five points was part of the underlying order of nature. According to The Garden of Cyrus, the number five recurs in a variety of natural forms, from the ‘protuberances in Pineapples’ to the ‘wings of Flyes’.

This book features in Winchester College's video tour of the Fellows' Library (at 22.54). 


Illustration of the Quincunx in The Garden of Cyrus (original)



Illustration of the Quincunx in The Garden of Cyrus (Nash)