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Botanical Revelation

European Encounters with Australian Plants Before Darwin

David J. Mabberley (author)

ISBN: 9781742236476

Publication Date: Jan 2020

Format: Hardback

Provides an analysis of early European understanding of Australia's flora. Combining science, horticulture, art and economics, this lavishly illustrated book reveals the motives and complex networks that led to the spread of knowledge and cultivation of hundreds of Australian plants in Europe in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.
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Acclaimed author David Mabberley provides a ground-breaking analysis of early European understanding of Australia's lora. Combining science, horticulture, art and economics, this lavishly illustrated book – with many never before-published images – reveals the motives and complex networks that led to the international spread of knowledge and cultivation of hundreds of Australian plants in Europe in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.Based on the superb Peter Crossing Collection, Botanical Revelation documents a revolutionary phase in the understanding of Australia's flora and science more generally.

Features:
  • David Mabberley is one of the world's foremost botanical scholarsof early colonial Australia
  • The detailed story of early European encounters with Australianplants is told here for the first time
  • A beautifully designed and produced book packed with stunningillustrations, many never before published
  • Uses a comprehensive private library - the Peter Crossing Collection-devoted to the early encountering, documenting and illustratingof Australian plants by Europeans before Darwin came here in1836 - to tell a fascinating story
Pages 384
Dimensions 300 x 240
Date Published 30 Jan 2020
Publisher NewSouth Publishing
Subject/s The natural world, country life & pets   Botany & plant sciences   Australasian & Pacific history   Animals & nature in art (still life, landscapes & seascapes, etc)  
David J Mabberley is a botanist, educator and writer, best known for The Plant-Book: A Portable Dictionary of Plants, Their Classification and Uses. He has held a range of academic positions in Australia, Europe and the US, and worked with leading horticultural and botanical organisations around the world. He is also the author of Painting by Numbers: The Life and Art of Ferdinand Bauer.

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