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THE BOTANICAL TREASURY: CELEBRATING 40 OF THE WORLD'S MOST FASCINATING PLANTS THROUGH HISTORICAL ART AND MANUSCRIPTS. Christopher Mills. University of Chicago Press, 2016. 176 pp. with 200 ills. (100 col.). 27 x 21 cm. ISBN 9780226369341 In English.
This title is offered as a special-order item. Publisher's description: For centuries, an eclectic group of plants have captivated the world and propelled explorers to extraordinary lengths to collect them. Now, The Botanical Treasury brings together centuries of botanical adventures and discoveries in one sumptuous collection. This treasury features a full-color exploration of our most important and interesting plants; facsimiles of rarely seen letters, maps, and journals from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; and forty beautifully reproduced, frameable prints. Together they offer a fascinating look at the world of plant hunting and the cultivation of our knowledge about the plant world. Every one of the featured plants is extraordinary in some way, be it for its appearance, biology, medicinal properties, or importance to economics, politics, or the arts. Equally extraordinary are the stories associated with the discovery of these plants, revealing the lengths to which collectors and growers would go to find them. The entries build a history of botany and paint a larger picture of the age of exploration. The Botanical Treasury is a rare treat.
Indexing: Unspecified
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 171005
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