Plant: Exploring the Botanical World

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Plant: Exploring the Botanical World highlights the fascinating role that plants have played in our history and culture with over three hundred stunning botanical images from all cultures and time periods. Featuring everything from common garden plants to rare and exotic species, this compendium shows the many methods and motivations humans have found for depicting plants, from recording a newly discovered species to sharing knowledge on medicines or poisons to simply celebrating beauty. Each accompanied by a detailed description that highlights their cultural, scientific or historical significance, these images are displayed in contrasting and contemporary pairs, as well as in a linear timeline of botanical history. Flip through medieval manuscripts, ancient Egyptian limestone carvings, Chinese woodcuts and botanical illustrations by famed taxonomists, as well as watercolors, sculptures, photographs and cutting-edge lithographs and see how beautiful our attempts at documenting flora can be.


•10.25"W x 1.5"D x 11.75"H
•compiled by phaidon editors
•300 illustrations
•352 pages
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