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von Martius. The Book of Palms

von Martius. The Book of Palms (Hardback)

By Lack, H. Walter

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Trees of paradise: Exquisite illustrations of the tropical palm On December 13, 1868, Carl Friedrich Philipp von Martius (1794-1868), Professor of Botany at the University of Munich and director of the Royal Botanic Garden, was carried to his grave in a coffin covered with fresh ...palm leaves. The fronds were a reference to his groundbreaking Natural History of Palms: a work in three volumes, published between 1823-1853. This encyclopedic treasury of 240 exquisite chromolithographic illustrations was based on Martius's expeditions through Brazil and Peru. From 1817 to 1820, he traveled over 2,250 km (1,400 miles) throughout the Amazon basin, to investigate natural history and native tribes with zoologist Johann Baptist von Spix. The result was an unrivaled catalog of all known genera of the palm family, outlining the modern classification of palm, describing all the palms of Brazil, and producing the first maps of palm biogeography. 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. Equally remarkable are the color landscapes showing various palms--often standing alone in simple and elegant beauty. Text in English, French, and German
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ISBN 9783836556231
Released NZ 25 Jun 2015
Publisher Taschen
Format Hardback
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Language German
Series Bibliotheca Universalis
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ISBN-13 9783836556231
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Status Internationally sourced (OOS locally); ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Taschen
Imprint Taschen GmbH
Released 25 Jun 2015
Publication Country Germany Germany
Format Hardback
Language German
Author(s) By Lack, H. Walter
Series Bibliotheca Universalis
Category Individual Artists
Botanical Art
Botany & Plant Sciences
Number of Pages 568
Dimensions Width: 140mm
Height: 195mm
Spine: 46mm
Dewey Code 584.5
Weight 1,324g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Design & Commercial Art
ONIX Text General/trade