VON MARTIUS: THE BOOK OF PALMS


VON MARTIUS: THE BOOK OF PALMS

H. WALTER LACK    Book Number: 91555    Product format: Hardback

Trees of paradise: All known genera of the palm family in 240 exquisite illustrations. On December 15th 1868, Carl Friedrich Philipp von Martius (1794-1868), Professor of Botany at the University of Munich and director of the Royal Botanic Garden, was carried to his grave in a coffin covered with fresh palm leaves. The fronds were a reference to his ground-breaking Natural History of Palms, a work in three volumes, published between 1823 and 1853. This encyclopaedic treasury of 240 exquisite chromolithographic illustrations was based on von Martius's expeditions through Brazil and Peru. From 1817 to 1820, he travelled over 2,250 km (1,400 miles) through the Amazon basin the most species-rich palm region in the world, collecting and sketching specimens, to investigate natural history and native tribes with zoologist Johann Baptist von Spix, sponsored by King Maximilian I of Bavaria. On their return both men were awarded knighthoods and lifetime pensions. The result was an unrivalled catalogue of all known genera of the palm family, outlining the modern classification of palms, describing all the palms of Brazil, and producing the first maps of palm biogeography. In his epic work, Martius outlined the modern classification of palm, produced the first maps of palm biogeography, described all the palms of Brazil, and collated the sum of all known genera of the palm family. For apart from his own collection of specimens and notes, Martius also wrote about the findings of others. Martius?s folio is unusual in its inclusion of cross-sectioned diagrams, conveying the architecture of these mighty trees, which central Europeans would have found hard to imagine accurately. Equally remarkable are the colour landscapes showing various palms - often standing alone in simple and elegant beauty. Text in English, French and German. Stunning colour illus. of natural beauty and design. 15.6 x 21.7cm, 1.34 kg, 512 pages. New from Taschen.
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