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Plants of the Americas
Illustrated by Bauer et al
Limited to 750 hand-numbered copies
The first facsimile of one of the great books of botanic art from the edition held in the library of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
Plants of the Americas
272 pages including 264 full-page colour plates and two tipped-in fold-outs
Printed on Veltique paper
Quarter-bound in goatskin with cloth sides blocked in gold, silver and black with a design by Neil Gower
Gilded top edge
18½˝ x 13˝
56 pages, including 10 full-page illustrations
Typeset in Miller and printed on Veltique paper
Bound in cloth blocked in black and gold with a design by Neil Gower
8½˝ x 11¾˝
Solander Presentation Box
Bound in Balmoral cloth
Blocked in gold on front and spine
Three full-size plates presented for framing
Selectarum stirpium Americanarum historia
Plants of the Americas, the sumptuous second edition (1780) of the Selectarum stirpium Americanarum historia – written by the Dutch-born Austrian botanist Nikolaus von Jacquin and illustrated by some of the finest botanic artists Europe has ever produced – is by the standards of any age an astounding artistic and intellectual achievement. Here for the first time, in full colour and fine detail, was a treasury of exotic plants which had never reached European shores before its author’s daring voyage to the West Indies in search of new species. It was the product of a remarkable age of unfettered scientific inquiry, the Enlightenment.
The ‘Ambassador of Flora’
The Artists: Magnificence and Mystery
The definitive companion volume
For this facsimile Christopher Mills, Head of Library, Art and Archives at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, has produced a comprehensive account of the genesis and publication of Plants of the Americas, with complete details of the surviving copies of the deluxe second edition and full-colour reproductions of all ten variants of the book’s stunning title page. He also documents all the plant species illustrated in Plants of the Americas and provides an extensive bibliography. Richard Deverell, Director of Kew Gardens, has contributed a foreword in which he pays tribute to the beauty and continuing relevance of Jacquin’s great work.
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