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Pollen: The Hidden Sexuality of Flowers Hardcover – 21 Nov 2006


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  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Papadakis Publisher; 2Rev Ed edition (21 Nov 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1901092674
  • ISBN-13: 978-1901092677
  • Product Dimensions: 30.5 x 2.7 x 28 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,234,025 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Unforgettable! Prepare yourself for a feast… you will not be disappointed! --BBC Wildlife, March 2005

Remarkable! Lavishly illustrated with its blown-up images of pollen grains and their parent plants. --Nature, December 2, 2004

An exploration into a mysterious, microscopic world. A visual feast! --Country Life, January 13, 2005 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A book that will delight, inspire and intrigue.
Professor Sir Peter Crane, Director, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Hugh Warwick on 3 Jun 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book has done much to banish my antipathy to pollen. Yes the fertile dust might make my life a misery for a few weeks each year - but it is just so beautiful. Kesseler and Harley, artist and scientist, have taken on a remarkable challenge. To present the intimate details of a plant's sex life in the context of the aesthetics of the containers of sperm.

The book opens with a gentle reminder of half forgotten biology lessons. The sex life of plants is taken far from the dry textbook and into a lush world of colour and improbably complex shapes. Images that have been mediated through computers from the electron microscope manage to take on the sensuality and eroticism of Georgia O'Keeffe's paintings. The anther of the Witch Hazel peers like the eye of a crab; cowslip presents a turtle-faced grain and the common daisy has pollen that could double as a space ship.

Perhaps the most delightful section of the book is the series of paired images of pollen and flowers - the microscopic detail of the pollen as stunning as the more accessible beauty of the plant itself.

Pollen is so small. It was only in the late seventeenth century that it was identified as the stuff of life. Madeline Harley, an internationally renowned expert on pollen, takes us through the history of discovery, right up to the developments in microscopy that have allowed the exquisite forms to be revealed.

While Harley's interest is understandable, artist Rob Kesseler's obsession is quite surprising. He has been collecting, preparing and studying plants and their pollen for years. He worked recently at Kew Gardens where he strung banners, featuring hugely magnified grains of pollen, among the trees.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By naomi filmer on 10 July 2013
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This is a beautiful book, delicate and impressive. Another one in Rob Kessler's series that are always worth looking at; informative and beautiful.
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Everything was fine! I received the book in time and in good condition! and it was easy to follow the post on line. The book has really nice pictures too.
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