FLORA ILLUSTRATA: Great Works from the Luesther T. Mertz

FLORA ILLUSTRATA: Great Works from the Luesther T. Mertz

SUSAN FRASER ET AL    Book Number: 89775    Product format: Hardback

The New York Botanical Garden houses perhaps the greatest research botanical library in the world, a precious repository of knowledge from cultures all over the world spanning from the 12th century to the 21st, and houses a collection of over one million items. In this sumptuously illustrated volume, international experts introduce us to the most fascinating works - exceedingly rare books, stunning botanical artworks, handwritten manuscripts, Renaissance herbals, nursery catalogues, explorers' notebooks to showcase the most eminent explorers, scientists, artists, publishers and printmakers. From the rare, illuminated pages of Pliny the Elder's Naturalis historia of 1483, to the earliest book ever published on American insects in 1797, here too are lovely etchings of the water gardens at Villa Pratolino in Florence from the 1660s, here are oak trees and elm trees in Connecticut 1845, a majestic view over the Hudson River 1885, first examples of American bog plants like the Venus Flytrap in a beautiful full page painting from 1800, another of a magnolia fraseri from Curtis's Botanical Magazine London 1809, an engraving of the Chelsea Physic Garden of upright greenhouses from 1731, mythical creatures like the seven-headed Hydra as illustrated in Albertus Seba's Cabinet of Curiosities, here reproduced in colour on a double page spread, garden design, exotic Chinese garden landscapes, the great flower books of Redouté with many of his watercolours on vellum reproduced, beautiful anemones and orchids, some of the essays by experts cover European Medieval and Renaissance Herbals, the Botanical Garden and the Illustrated Book, Linnaeus and the Foundation of Modern Botany, New World Explorations to Brazil and Horticultural Enterprise including mail order. As Cicero said 'If you have a garden in a library, nothing will be lacking.' Hundreds of colour illus and engravings, many full page and archive photos and blueprints and coloured lithographs including Kew Gardens and its conservatory building. A glamorous Yale University Press publication, 288pp, 30.7 x 25cm.
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ISBN 9780300196627
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