Mertz Library of The New York Botanical Garden
by Susan M Fraser (Editor), Vanessa Bezemer Sellers (Editor), Scott & Scott & Nix Inc. (Produced by)
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 library’s collection of over one million items. In this sumptuously illustrated volume, international experts introduce us to some of the library’s most fascinating works—exceedingly rare books, stunning botanical artworks, handwritten manuscripts, Renaissance herbals, nursery catalogs, explorers’ 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 Elder’s 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.
Flora Illustrata Great Works from the NY Botanical
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- "There are sumptuous illustrations and essays throughout that you'll want to return to again and again. It is, quite simply, a book you'll treasure forever."—Garden Design Online Journal of Antiques and Collectibles "Flora Illustrata will inspire in readers an new appreciation for the extraordinary history of botany and its far-reaching connections to the worlds of science, books, art, and culture."—Journal of Antiques and Collectibles Gardens Illustrated "Flora Illustrata serves up a cornucopia of delights from the shelves of the magnificently named LuEsther T. Mertz Library . . . A fascinating miscellany and an inducement to read more on the topics, and a serious temptation to hop on a plane and visit the library, and gardens, in person."—Gardens Illustrated ISBN-13: 9780300196627 Publisher: Yale University Press Publication date: 11/25/2014 Pages: 320 Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 11.70 (h) x 1.30 (d) Science | Life Sciences | Botany - Art | Subjects & Themes | Plants & Animals - Nature | Plants | General