The Botanical Treasury: Celebrating 40 of the World’s Most Fascinating Plants through Historical Art and Manuscripts (Hardcover)
For centuries, an eclectic group of plants have captivated the world and propelled explorers to extraordinary lengths to collect them. Now, The Botanical Treasury brings together centuries of botanical adventures and discoveries in one sumptuous collection.
This treasury features a full-color exploration of our most important and interesting plants; facsimiles of rarely seen letters, maps, and journals from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; and forty beautifully reproduced, frameable prints. Together they offer a fascinating look at the world of plant hunting and the cultivation of our knowledge about the plant world.
Every one of the featured plants is extraordinary in some way, be it for its appearance, biology, medicinal properties, or importance to economics, politics, or the arts. Equally extraordinary are the stories associated with the discovery of these plants, revealing the lengths to which collectors and growers would go to find them. The entries build a history of botany and paint a larger picture of the age of exploration.
The Botanical Treasury is a rare treat. Looking through its pages and relishing its prints allows us to fully understand why we are so driven to learn all we can about the natural world. It is an exceptional gift that will wow gardeners, and anyone else fascinated by the greenery that sustains and inspires us.
About the Author
Christopher Mills is head of library, art and archives collections at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Previously he was head of collections at the Natural History Museum in London.
“The excitement of discovering a new plant is almost tangible in this lavish collection of plant histories. A delightful compendium of 40 plants from around the world, it tells the story of each one through a fascinating mix of botanical illustrations, letters sent to Kew from plant hunters and reprinted extracts from botanical periodicals.”
— English Garden
“What’s better than a glorious book of botanical portraits and plant tales? A glorious book of botanical portraits and plant tales AND an accompanying pack of 40 separate—and frameable—plant prints!”
— Annals of Botany