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The Plant Hunters: The Adventures of the World's Greatest Botanical Explorers
     

The Plant Hunters: The Adventures of the World's Greatest Botanical Explorers

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by Carolyn Fry
 

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Travel across the world and through history to meet the botanical pioneers who changed our landscape. Plant Hunters tells the story of our obsession with all things that grow—both for their beauty and their economic potential—and the creation of botanical gardens to cultivate them. This sumptuous, intriguing volume moves from East to West

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Travel across the world and through history to meet the botanical pioneers who changed our landscape. Plant Hunters tells the story of our obsession with all things that grow—both for their beauty and their economic potential—and the creation of botanical gardens to cultivate them. This sumptuous, intriguing volume moves from East to West and back again, introducing the botanists, explorers, and empire builders who gathered plants such as the coconut tree, roses, and numerous fruits and vegetables to bring back home. Showcasing hundreds of breathtaking illustrations and historical documents, it examines the species we now take for granted and the plants that have enriched and impoverished nations.

Editorial Reviews

New Scientist

“In The Plant Hunters, Carolyn Fry sketches out humankind’s enduring hunger for botanical riches. She steps back 3,500 years to Ancient Egypt, then visits different parts of the globe and celebrates the contributions of important personalities like Carl Linnaeus and Joseph Banks. This journey is told through a series of lavishly illustrated two-page spreads, each distilling an episode in the history of plant collecting down to its most engaging details. . . . Full of fun facts, intriguing asides.”
English Garden

 “Fry’s lavish book . . . takes the reader on a whirlwind tour of the human history of the botanical world.”
Shelf Awareness

"From ancient Egypt to 17th-century tulipomania to Joseph Hooker in the Himalaya to modern-day seed stockpiling, this handsome slipcased book is a delight."
Winner - British Book Design and Production Award

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"In this fascinating book, Carolyn Fry records the adventures of plant explorers around the globe, those individuals responsible for initial discoveries in exotic locales, botanical artists responsible for illustrations, and modern scientists focusing on the care of plants and the conservation of endangered species. Removable, facsimile documents, secured in envelopes within the text block, provide intriguing information for the reader."
Wall Street Journal

“Delightfully, the book includes pouches filled with facsimile documents, like sketches of rare orchids. It’s like finding precious leaves pressed between the pages.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226093314
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
09/23/2013
Pages:
64
Sales rank:
890,721
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 11.50(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Carolyn Fry is a journalist and author. A Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, she was formerly editor of its magazine, Geographical. She is the author of The World of Kew (BBC Books), a BBC TV series tie-in, and a contributor to various magazines, including BBC Online and Kew magazine.

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The Plant Hunters: The Adventures of the World's Greatest Botanical Explorers 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
theReviewSource More than 1 year ago
The Plant Hunters ***ribbon*** Author - Carolyn Fry Favorite Features - *includes more than 100 images from the archives of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew as well as drawings/sketches of plants from across time and around the world *enclosures throughout with facsimiles of documents, books and more really add a nice and special touch to this book *fascinating information on Tulipomania *covers first known transfer of plants from one place to another and follows it through the centuries *explains how plants were perused for pharmacies and profit and documents the exploitation of people for plants like sugar cane, rubber and tea *encourages conservation of plants *warns of invasive plant species As the author says, this book, "tells how plants were moved across the world". Before reading this book I never realized the power, wealth and control that came with owning and transporting plants. Not only is The Plant Hunters a genuinely lovely book with all the drawings, photos and sketches of incredible plants, but it is also fascinating to read and get a glimpse into where plants originated, how they were moved around the world and the history associated with it all - both positive and sadly, negative. This is a wonderful gift for the person on your list who loves plants and history and makes a lovely and interesting coffee table book. Tremendously well done!