Plant: Exploring the Botanical World | The Golden Age of Botanical Art | Florilegium | The Kew Book of Botanical Illustration | The Gardener's Garden | Of Green Leaf, Bird, and Flower | The Art of Instruction | The Lilies | Billy Showell's Botanical Painting in Watercolour
The renowned LuEsther T. Mertz Library of The New York Botanical Garden counts among its holdings many of the most beautiful and pioneering botanical and horticultural works ever created. More than eight centuries of knowledge, from the twelfth century to the present, are represented in the libraryÃ¢ÂÂs collection of over one million items. In this sumptuously illustrated volume, international experts introduce us to some of the libraryÃ¢ÂÂs most fascinating worksÃ¢ÂÂexceedingly rare books, stunning botanical artworks, handwritten manuscripts, Renaissance herbals, nursery catalogs, explorersÃ¢ÂÂ notebooks, and more. The contributors hold these treasures up for close inspection and offer surprising insights into their histories and importance.
The diverse materials showcased in the volume reflect the creative efforts of eminent explorers, scientists, artists, publishers, and print makers. From the rare, illuminated pages of Pliny the ElderÃ¢ÂÂs Naturalis historia (1483), to the earliest book ever published on American insects (1797), to lovely etchings of the water gardens at Villa Pratolino in Florence (1600s), the Mertz Library holdings will inspire in readers a new appreciation for the extraordinary history of botany and its far-reaching connections to the worlds of science, books, art, and culture.
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