Flora Mirabilis

Flora Mirabilis

Botanical Exploration, Discovery & Delight : An Illustrated Time Line

Book - 2009
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Random House, Inc.
Flora Mirabilis is a sumptuously designed showcase of superb illustrations paired with fascinating stories of botanical exploration and trade through the ages. A collaboration between National Geographic and the world-renowned Missouri Botanical Garden, this book will prove an evergreen source of delight, not just for gardeners and flower aficionados, but for anyone interested in the plant world, human civilization, and their intertwined histories.

From prehistory to the present day, Flora Mirabilis blossoms with legend and lore as it culls the most engrossing mysteries and adventures of plant exploration, science, and discovery and garlands them with astonishingly beautiful illustrations. These lavish pages are abloom with the rich details and engaging allure of beloved flowers, stunning gardens, ancient trees, medicinal herbs, and valuable plants of all varieties from around the world. Unique "plant profiles" chronicle the especially remarkable roles each plant has played in matters of economics, politics, and taste.

Illustrated throughout with never-before-published collector’s edition reproductions and introduced with an eloquent foreword by Peter H. Raven, president of the Missouri Botanical Garden, this stunning volume will catch eyes and flower in imaginations everywhere.

Baker & Taylor
Pairs two hundred illustrations with fascinating stories of botanical exploration and trade through the ages and blossoms with legend and lore as it culls the most engrossing mysteries and adventures of plant exploration, science, and discovery.

Book News
The president of the Missouri Botanical Garden introduces the multiple roles of plants in people's lives and ecosystems and the history of botanical books and art; the garden's library director presents an overview of how plants have been pictured through the ages. Replete with exquisite early botanical illustrations blending art and science from the library's collection, time lines, and quotes, the author of other National Geographic natural history books profiles the origin and uses of 27 significant plants in periods from prehistory (e.g., date palms) to the present (bamboo, yam, and cacao). Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, 2009
ISBN: 9781426205095
Branch Call Number: 580.9 HOWEL
Additional Contributors: National Geographic Society (U.S.)

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