- Hardcover: 64 pages
- Publisher: Andre Deutsch Ltd; Slp edition (2 Mar. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0233002448
- ISBN-13: 978-0233002446
- Product Dimensions: 26.1 x 29.4 x 3.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 958,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Plant Hunters Hardcover – 2 Mar 2009
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About the Author
Carolyn Fry is a journalist and author specialising in science, conservation and natural history. A former Editor of Geographical, the magazine of the Royal Geographical Society, she is a contributor to BBC Online (science and technology), New Scientist, BBC Wildlife, The Times, Independent on Sunday, Guardian Unlimited (environment) and Kew magazine. She is author of The World of Kew, the book that accompanied the 2007 BBC TV series A New Year at Kew. A Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, Carolyn lives in London.
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Author - Carolyn Fry
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*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!