|Susan M. Fraser.|
|Pages/Publication Date:||320 / 2014|
The renowned New York Botanical Garden's LuEsther T. Mertz Library counts among its holdings many of the most beautiful and pioneering botanical and horticultural works ever created. In this sumptuously illustrated volume, more than 270 color illustrations depict some of the library's most fascinating rare books, handwritten manuscripts, Renaissance herbals, nursery catalogs, and explorers' notebooks. Highlights include a charming medieval woodcut of a garden, illuminated pages from a 1483 edition of Pliny the Elder's Naturalis historia, engravings of French pleasure gardens, the earliest book ever published on American insects (1797), and lovely etchings of the water gardens at Villa Pratolino in Florence (1600s).