Flora Illustrata: Great Works from the LuEsther T. Mertz Library of The New York Botanical Garden, edited by Susan M Fraser & Vanessa Bezemer Sellers
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.
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.
“Richly informative, visually stunning. . . . This enchanting collection is a comprehensive resource on the history, science, and art of botany, and an object of beauty in itself.” - Publishers Weekly
“Both handsome and informative. . . . I only wish the book were even longer.” - New York Times Book Review