[UCP Books]: Botanical Art from the Golden Age of Scientific Discovery

Over 200 Spectacular Images

Botanical Art from the Golden Age of Scientific Discovery


Anna Laurent

Publication Date: October 31, 2016
Cloth ISBN-13: 978-0-226-32107-3 / $60.00

Throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, wall charts were a classroom staple, displaying scientific images at a large scale, in full color. But it’s only now that they’ve been superseded as a teaching tool that we have begun to realize something their ubiquity hid: they are stunning examples of botanical art at its finest.

This beautifully illustrated, over-sized book gives the humble wall chart its due, reproducing more than two hundred of them in dazzling full color. Each wall chart is accompanied by captions that offer accessible information about the species depicted, the scientists and botanical illustrators who created it, and any particularly interesting or innovative features the chart displays. And gardeners will be pleased to discover useful information about plant anatomy and morphology and species differences. We see lilies and tulips, gourds, aquatic plants, legumes, poisonous plants, and carnivorous plants, all presented in exquisite, larger-than-life detail.

Anna Laurent is a writer, producer, and photographer. She lives in Los Angeles and New York City. She is available for interviews, and many publicity images are available for slideshows, please contact Kristen Raddatz for more information: kraddatz@uchicago.edu / 773.702.1964.


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