The Golden Age of Botanical Art (Univ. of Chicago, $35), edited by Martyn Rix, features 250 rare plates drawn primarily from the collection of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. The main delight of this book is its fascinating intertwining of art, botany, and the histories of exploration, colonization, and travel. You will no longer see botanical illustration as dutiful, static representation (if ever you did!) but will be amazed at each specimen’s role in the long saga of globalization, intrepid journeying, and the thrills of discovery. The volume begins in the 16th century, surveying English herbals, Islamic botany in Turkey, and the work of Leonardo da Vinci. It continues through the Victorian Age, with a strong focus on India, before proceeding to today’s state of the art. Along the way, side trips follow missionaries in China, the rise of horticultural journals in 18th-century South America, and Josephine Bonaparte’s surprising contributions to the field. This is a fascinating, insightful angle on the history of several centuries, and a beautiful volume that makes a passable substitute for an actual visit to Kew Gardens.

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ISBN: 9780226093598
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Published: University of Chicago Press - September 23rd, 2013

In Ansel Adams in the Canadian Rockies (Little, Brown, $30), follow Ansel Adams, one of America’s premier nature photographers, on his 1928 expedition with the Sierra Club. Full of breathtaking panoramic photographs, the book contains everything you’d expect from Adams: lush valleys, towering mountaintops, and awe-inspiring dances of darkness and light. Commemorating one of the earliest major projects in his artistic career, these gorgeous photographs testify to Adams’s burgeoning genius and well-trained eye for landscape images. With nearly one hundred pages of fascinating views, this book makes the perfect gift for lovers of the outdoors, photography buffs, and Adams fans the world over.

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$30.00
ISBN: 9780316243414
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Little, Brown and Company - October 29th, 2013

Take a small patch in a Tennessee forest, visit it almost daily for a year, record what you see. In the hands of David George Haskell, a professor of biology and a poet, this idea turns into a beautiful and original account of change in nature. Haskell starts with simple observations and uses them to illustrate the lifecycles of forest inhabitants and complex relationships that exist among them. The book is rich in detail, but never dry and boring. Forest Unseen is a true naturalist’s journal and a meditation on nature by a thoughtful and engaging writer.
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$17.00
ISBN: 9780143122944
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Published: Penguin Books - March 26th, 2013

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