FLORA: An Illustrated History of the Garden Flower
by Brent Elliott
2003, 336 pages, color illustrations throughout. With stunning illustrations from the Royal Horticultural Society’s Lindley Library collection and concise text, RHS archivist Dr. Elliott tells the fascinating story of the worldwide botanical exploration undertaken over the past 500 years. Founded in 1804, the RHS sent collectors around the world in search of new floral species, fostering the domestic cultivation of the garden flowers we know and love today. The Society’s Lindley Library is one of the world’s finest horticulture archives, containing more than 250,000 paintings, illustrations and rare books.
The book is divided into six geographical sections: Europe; Middle East; Southern & Tropical Africa; Australasia & The Pacific; The Americas; and Asia. The illustrations, by many by the great names in botanical art, are notable for their historical value in charting the development of garden flowers as well as their indisputable beauty and artistic merit. Biographical profiles of these botanists and artists are included.
Hardcover; 11 by 12-3/4″.
Note: 45% discount from list price of $60.00.
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