The John Tradescants: Gardeners to the Rose and Lily Queen / Edition 2

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Overview

This is the definitive study of John Tradescant the elder and his son, two remarkable men who traveled to new or little-known lands in search of botanical treasures—John the elder to Russia, the Near East, and North Africa, and John the younger to the new colony of Virginia. They worked for a series of eminent patrons including Robert Cecil, the Duke of Buckingham, and Charles I, for whom they supervised the creation of some of the great gardens of the period. Identifying the varieties of plants which were first grown by the Tradescants or introduced to the country by one of them, this study also features extensive appendices reproducing the complete texts of the Tradescants' lists of plants as well as the Musaeum Tradescantianum, the younger Tradescants' catalog of the museum collection. Each plant is identified with its modern botanical name, making this an essential work for all those interested in the history of gardening and British plants.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780720612462
  • Publisher: Owen, Peter Limited
  • Publication date: 10/26/2006
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 342
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Prudence Leith-Ross is a writer and gardener who has researched the life of the John Tradescants for many years.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations 7
Preface 9
Acknowledgements 10
Introduction 13
1 Tradescant's Early Life 21
2 Plantsman at Hatfield 28
3 The Old Monastery Garden 44
4 The Earliest Russian Flora 52
5 Off to Quell the Barbary Pirates 69
6 The Duke's Right-Hand Man 73
7 The Ark 86
8 Royal Appointment 93
9 A Burial and a Marriage 99
10 In Place of His Father 106
11 Adapting to the Times 114
12 Enter Ashmole 118
13 The Deed of Gift 126
14 Hester Acquires a New Neighbour 134
15 'My Rarities' 142
16 The Museum Collection 152
17 The 'Principal Benefactors' 163
18 The Tradescants' Plant Introductions 181
App. I List of Plants Received by John Tradescant 1629-1633 197
App. II Plantarum in Horto, John Tradescant's Plant List of 1634 205
App. III Musaeum Tradescantianum 225
References 294
Family Tree 310
Addenda 313
Index 321
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