Robyn Stacey, one of Australia's most famous photographers, opens the doors of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney herbaria, and the history of Australia's flora in this well-illustrated volume on the nature of collecting. Accompanied by essayist, Ashley Hay, this collection of photographs tells the stories of those who collected, and what and when they collected, as well as the scientific background of each of the specimens.
'Based around the National Herbarium of New South Wales, this is a fascinating and pictorially stunning history of its creation and present day status. ... With an informative, easy-to-read and endlessly fascinating essay on the subject by Ashley Hay, as well as the stunning photographic portraits, this is a book for all spectrums of reader - gardener, historian, adventure-lovers, botanist and museum-lovers.' The Book Place 'A new book of pictures by Robyn Stacey, one of Australia's finest photographers, published by Cambridge University Press, is a first of its kind. ... A list of botanical notes provides a unique link between the specimens and their collectors.' Current Biology