The Book of Palms: Carl Friedrich Philipp von Martius by H Walter Lack
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An unrivaled illustrated encyclopedia of palm trees
After an epic Amazonian journey through Brazil and Peru from 1817 to 1820, German botanist Carl von Martius compiled a catalogue of all known genera of palm trees. This encyclopedic work, reproduced in our volume, is a jewel of 19th-century botany and is celebrated for its detailed classifications, maps, color landscapes and diagrams. This encyclopedic treasury of 240 exquisite chromolithographic illustrations was based on von Martius's expeditions through Brazil and Peru. From 1817 to 1820, he traveled over 2,250 km (1,400 miles) through the Amazon basin. The result was an unrivaled catalogue of all known genera of the palm family, outlining the modern classification of palms, describing all the palms of Brazil, and producing the first maps of palm biogeography. Von Martius's folio is unusual in its inclusion of cross-sectioned diagrams, conveying the architecture of these mighty trees, which central Europeans would have found hard to imagine accurately. Equally remarkable are the color landscapes showing various palms-often standing alone in simple and elegant beauty.
512 pp. hardback
16.5cm x 4.2cm x 22.6cm
Published by Taschen (October 2022)