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Martius : The Book Of Palms : Bibliotheca Universalis - 	H. Walter Lack

Martius : The Book Of Palms

Bibliotheca Universalis

Hardcover Published: 25th February 2015
ISBN: 9783836556231
Number Of Pages: 568

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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 over2,250 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.

About the Author

H. Walter Lack is Director at the Botanic Garden and Botanic Museum Berlin-Dahlem and Professor at the Free University of Berlin. A leading expert in the history of botany, his research interests focus in particular upon the consequences of the global transfer of useful and ornamental plants from the point of view of our cultural history. He is the author of TASCHEN’s Garden of Eden and The Book of Palms.

Industry Reviews

"A landmark in taxonomic description, botanical illustration, and the realistic representation of species in the landscape."

ISBN: 9783836556231
ISBN-10: 3836556235
Series: Bibliotheca Universalis
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 568
Published: 25th February 2015
Publisher: TASCHEN AMER LLC
Country of Publication: DE
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 15.24  x 5.08
Weight (kg): 1.36

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