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The Botanical Treasury

Autor: Christopher Mills
ISBN: 9780226369341
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Plants are typically thought of as beautiful, but they can also be deadly, bizarre, rare, and iconic. Brought together in a collection of frameable art prints paired with a book detailing their stories, The Botanical Treasury features forty of the world s most fascinating plants in a beautiful collector s box. The illustrations are taken from the Kew art collections and archives and include plants painted in human form, such as the mandrake from the early herbals, stunning tulips from the great botanic artist Ehret, the Australian plant named after Sir Joseph Banks who traveled with James Cook, iconic Japanese lilies by Honzu Zufu, and much more. The Botanical Treasury unveils these plants intriguing stories; how they were discovered by intrepid travelers, described, and transported around the globe."

Floral Illustrations

Autor: William Rowe
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 0486262553
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750 sharply detailed, royalty-free illustrations ? superbly reproduced from engravings in rare periodicals ? include meticulous renderings of columbine, aster, morning glory, lady's slipper, dandelion, iris, and other magnificent blossoms, all ready to add antique flair to almost any graphic project.

Just The Tonic

Autor: Mark Nesbitt
Publisher: Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
ISBN: 9781842466896
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Tonic water elicits images of sparkling drinks and stirred concoctions, but it has a history that reaches beyond the bar. Its roots go back centuries, starting with the Andes and the cinchona tree, and it had its start as a natural medicine instead of as a tasty mixer. Quinine, tonic water's signature ingredient, was once used to treat Malaria and is still used by some to soothe leg cramps. From the Quechua people and Spanish colonists, to French chemists and British officers, the journey from botanical discovery to cocktail staple is a fascinating story. Just the Tonic is an accessible yet informative history of tonic water, written by leading experts from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew--which is home to one of the largest collections in the world of historic cinchona. It takes us through the discovery and development of quinine and its eventual meeting with sparkling water. It also introduces us to the basic botany and development of the cinchona tree. The iconic gin and tonic cocktail is not forgotten in these pages. The authors look at the changing role of the drink, tracing the rise and fall, and rise again, of cocktails straight from officers' messes of British India, the art deco cocktail bars of the 1920s, through to the Mad Men era and the recent resurgence of gin as a drink of choice. A final chapter on cocktail recipes provides instructions on how to make delicious alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks using an array of different tonics and spirits. Mixed into the book are reproductions of stunning historical artwork, posters, and photographs. This is the first authoritative book on the history and role of tonic water, making it the perfect addition to both bookshelves and bar carts.

The Royal Horticultural Society Treasury Of Garden Writing

Autor: Charles Elliott
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Limited
ISBN: 9780711225220
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A companion to The RHS Treasury of Garden Verse, this anthology presents a selection of garden writing spanning the globe and the centuries. Writers from Francis Bacon to Thoreau have been inspired by gardens and gardening, and here there is something for everyone: classic pieces and perennial favorites, and some surprising finds.

Fathers Of Botany

Autor: Jane Kilpatrick
ISBN: 9780226206707
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The first to come upon the bounty of Chinese flowers were Catholic missionary priests who were also remarkable botanists. They spent hours collecting in their districts, and sending dry specimens back to European botanists. Many of the plants they discovered carry their names, but few know of the David behind Davidia involucrata, or the Hugonis of Rosa hugonis. The chapters in this work focus primarily on the lives of four great French missionary botanists--Pere Armand David, Pere Jean Marie Delavay, Pere Guilaume Farges, and Pere Jean Andre Soulie--and also a group of other French priests and Franciscan missionaries who collected, in addition to one German pastor, the only Protestant missionary to make significant plant collections. Pere David is among the best known, having discovered the Giant Panda, but the others have disappeared into the thick of history. This book will help ensure that today's gardeners and botanists appreciate the debt owed to this obscure group, drawing on their journals, drawings, and other historical documents.

The Golden Age Of Botanical Art

Autor: Martyn Rix
ISBN: 9780233005423
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Global in scope, this beautifully illustrated book explores the evolution and diversity of botanical art. It tells the stories of intrepid explorers and professional artists who recorded the flora they encountered in lands ranging from Russia to South America. Special features cover key figures and distinguished collections, while rare and previously unpublished images reveal how these illustrations contributed to our understanding of the world and the glories of nature.

The Book Of Palms

Autor: Karl Friedrich Philipp von Martius
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Reprinted from Historia naturalis palmarum: opus tripartitum (Natural History of Palms: a work in three volumes) by Karl Friedrich Philip von Martius, published between 1823-1853. At the time, this encyclopedic treasury contained the sum of human knowledge on the topic, and included 240 exquisite chromolithographic illustrations, including landscape views of palm habitats and botanical dissections. This epic folio was based on Martius's expedition to Brazil and Peru with zoologist Johann Baptist von Spix, sponsored by King Maximilian I of Bavaria, to investigate natural history and native tribes. From 1817 to 1820 the pair traveled over 2,250 km (1,400 miles) throughout the Amazon basin, the most species-rich palm region in the world, collecting and sketching specimens. On their return both men were awarded knighthoods and lifetime pensions. 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. 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.