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Botanica Magnifica features two hundred and fifty stunning photographs by Hasselblad Laureate Award winner Jonathan Singer, representing, in the words of an ARTnews critic, rare or exotic plants and flowers "in large scale and exquisite detail, emerging from the shadows in a manner evocative of Old Master paintings."
The original edition of Botanica Magnifica, consisting of five lavishly hand-bound volumes, was limited to just ten copies, the first of which was recently donated to the Smithsonian Institution.
The extra-large "double-elephant" format of that edition was chosen in homage to the famous double-elephant folio of The Birds of America, and indeed, Botanica Magnifica is one of the few works of natural history ever to rival Audubon's magnum opus in its scope and artistry.
In praise of the double-elephant folio of Botanica Magnifica, the Smithsonian’s Chairman of Botany attested, "Everyone who has seen the photographs... has been tremendously impressed with the power, scale, and depth of the work." Now Singer’s remarkable images are available to the public for the first time in this folio of Botanica Magnifica.
This large leather bound, slipcased edition edition is organised into five alphabetically arranged sections, each introduced by a gatefold page that displays one extraordinary plant at a luxurious size. Each pictured plant is accompanied by a clear and accessible description of its botany, geography, folklore, history, and conservation. With its marvellous reproductions and fascinating text, the folio of Botanica Magnifica is one of the most impressive volumes of natural history ever published.
About the author:Jonathan Singer’s double-elephant folio of Botanica Magnifica is kept in the Cullman Rare Book Room at the Smithsonian Institution Libraries. Dr. Singer was named a Hasselblad Laureate Award winner based on his contribution to fine art photography and to “our perception and appreciation of the botanical world.”W. John Kress is a Curator of Botany and Research Scientist at the National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian Institution. He is the author of Abbeville’s The Weeping Goldsmith: Discoveries in the Secret Land of Myanmar and has written many articles on botany. Marc Hachadourian is the Acting Manager of the Nolen Greenhouses for the New York Botanical Garden. He specializes in orchids, aquatics, bulbs, and alpines and is particularly interested in public awareness of global plant conservation and the appreciation of plant biodiversity.
Featuring 10 full colour images and 5 gatefolds.
Format: Leather Bound Book
Number Of Pages: 364
Published: 20th November 2009
Publisher: ABBEVILLE PR
Dimensions (cm): 46.482 x 35.56 x 6.096
Weight (kg): 5.148