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The Quest to Preserve and Classify the World's Plants

Barbara M. Thiers By (author)
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Timber Press

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8.5 X 10.0 in
304 pg

NATURE / Plants / General
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Horticulture
GARDENING / Reference


A heavily illustrated history of herbaria from one of the world's foremost experts.


“With lavish illustrations of places and people; portraits of key players; herbaria specimens; and beautiful, full-color artists’ renderings, this carefully researched, detailed homage to herbaria will appeal to those deeply interested in plant exploration and botany.” —Library Journal

“A sweeping history of the origins, development, and future of herbaria and their role in plant consternation.” —The American Gardener

“One of the prettiest books of the season… a lovely coffee table book as well as a serious work on the history of scientific endeavor.” —The Napa Valley Register

“An enlightening tribute to the mysterious world of Herbaria that is meticulously researched, well organized, and above all accessible.” —Gardens Illustrated

“This illustrated account of the Herculean efforts of the early botanists in this field is absorbing and enlightening.” —The English Garden

“At its heart, Herbarium is a compelling reminder of one of humanity’s better impulses: to save things—not just for ourselves, but for posterity… A marvelous book about the ages, for the ages.” —The Nevada Native Plant Society

Herbarium is sure to enchant anyone who has ever used a flower press or wished to learn more about plant classification, with vintage engravings and woodcuts of ancient plants.” The Free Press

“Invaluable for any personal library on the history of plants and their future. It is beautifully produced.” —The Financial Times

“Gardeners with an interest in history will delight in Herbarium.” —Horticulture

Author Bio

Barbara M. Thiers is director of the William and Lynda Steere Herbarium at the New York Botanical Garden, president of the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections, and vice president of the Natural Science Collections Alliance.