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Plant: Exploring the Botanical World


The ultimate gift for gardeners and art-lovers, featuring 300 of the most beautiful and pioneering botanical images ever


Phaidon Editors


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Price: USD$59.95


The ultimate gift for gardeners and art-lovers, featuring 300 of the most beautiful and pioneering botanical images ever

Following in the footsteps of the international bestseller Map: Exploring the World, this fresh and visually stunning survey celebrates the extraordinary beauty and diversity of plants. It combines photographs and cutting-edge micrograph scans with watercolours, drawings, and prints to bring this universally popular and captivating subject vividly to life. Carefully selected by an international panel of experts and arranged in a uniquely structured sequence to highlight thought-provoking contrasts and similarities, this stunning compilation of botanically themed images includes iconic work by celebrated artists, photographers, scientists, and botanical illustrators, as well as rare and previously unpublished images.

SPECIFICATIONS:

Format: Hardback
Size: 290 x 250 mm (11 3/8 x 9 7/8 in)
Pages: 352 pp
Illustrations: 300 Illustrations
ISBN: 9780714871486

As featured in The Daily Telegraph, Gardens Illustrated, The Guardian, New Scientist, Newsweek, Tatler, The Wall Street Journal, and on Atlas Obscura and BBC Focus

"I am totally mesmerized by the extraordinary range of artists, scientists and technicians represented. Wonderful and absorbing and loving." —Edwina von Gal, Landscape Designer

"From the winning cover to the beautiful images inside, Plant is a complete pleasure covering centuries of botanical art. Artist information and provenance is dutifully recorded. Inspiration and imagination is there for the taking. This new book is classic Phaidon and bound to be a bestseller." —David Whitman, Pergola

"300 of the loveliest botanical images ever collated." —Town and Country

"A glorious visual compendium of plants and flowers that spans thousands of years." —Atlas Obscura

"The timeless pleasure of looking at plants: A new illustrated book examines mankind's fascination with making images of plants through the ages... Compton's fascination with what different people have done within the remit of botanical art jumps out of every one of Plant's pages. The variety is astounding." —The Daily Telegraph

"This beautiful new book is like having a botanical art exhibition on your coffee table." —Waitrose Weekend

"A glorious presentation of how we've represented flora and fauna in art and photography throughout history." —Outdoor Photography

"Gorgeous... Fascinating... [An] unprecedented range of artists... A highly nuanced curation of imagery from across the ages. An indispensable coffee table book for the green-fingered and mere admirers alike." —AnOthermag.com

"The side by side juxtapositions of images here are brilliant. The clear pencil drawings of Van Gogh and Ellsworth Kelly my favorites, so delicate, just gorgeous." —Perry Guillot, Landscape Architect

"An inspiring delight and great resource for those who cherish all things botany." —Emily Thompson, Emily Thompson Flowers

"It might be a bit early, but this one's already on our Christmas list." —BBC Focus

"Every once in a while, a book comes along that stops us in our tracks both with the content and the visuals. Plant is such a book with its perfectly-executed compilation and celebration of botanical art in all media and throughout history. Plant may start on your coffee table, but it won't stay there for long." —Flower Magazine

"We love this survey of botanical art... Its pages teach you about plants, it reveals much about the time period and culture in which these images were created." —Real Living

"Botanical art of all kinds, from a Minoan fresco of swallows billing among ocher red Lilium chalecondicum, painted circa 1600 B.C., to a hand-colored image from a scanning electron microscope of the seed of an alpine pincushion flower, its plum-colored skirts floating like a ballerina mid-jeté. These are things of beauty, but they have a purpose beyond decoration. Plant's editors [...] don't confine themselves to the strictly scientific."—Newsweek

"What is rather lovely about this book, which unites 300 botanical images from ancient stone carvings to vivid micrograph scans, is its non-chronological arrangement. Instead, it mixes botanical art from different periods, charting the depiction of plants through interesting pairings." —House & Garden

"Celebrates the beauty and diversity of plants from around the world across all media - from murals in ancient Greece to a Napoleonic-era rose print and cutting-edge scans." —The Guardian

"Botanical beauty... Art and science were often close allies when images of flowers were created centuries ago, and that remains true with the latest photographic technology." —Independent

"A dazzling collection of more than 300 images of plants that brings the evolution of botanical art right into the 21st century... Alongside old favourites, such as Redoute and Mary Delany, there is much here that is both unfamiliar and arresting... An extraordinary collection." —Gardens Illustrated

"The rich range of imagery is spectacular." —Lugene Bruno, curator Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation

"One of the most visually and intellectually provocative explorations of the subject I have ever seen." —Patricia Jonas, The American Society of Botanical Artists

"An extraordinary and gorgeous book. Beautifully produced and delightfully eclectic." —Bobbi Angell, Botanical Artist

"This beautiful book scans botanical art through the ages... This is a lavish book; heavy, yes but wonderful - each page a fascinating work of art." —NZ House and Garden

"So botanically inspired you need to know more? Check out Plant: Exploring the Botanical World."—Elle

"This offering from innovative Phaidon is a stunning compilation of botanically themed images, selected by an expert panel... A super gift, perhaps the ultimate tome, for both art lovers and gardeners." —The Hobson NZ

"Botanical art of all kinds, from a Minoan fresco of swallows billing among ocher red Lilium chalecondicum, painted circa 1600 B.C., to a hand-colored image from a scanning electron microscope of the seed of an alpine pincushion flower, its plum-colored skirts floating like a ballerina mid-jeté. These are things of beauty, but they have a purpose beyond decoration. Plant's editors [...] don't confine themselves to the strictly scientific." —Newsweek (Europe)

"Phaidon's plethora of printed plant pulchritude... From the first sight of Plant: Exploring the Botanical World's cover - which is in gorgeous, glorious technicolour - you can guess this is a book with a difference... I approached it from the perspective of a botanist observing scientific records of plants but ended up appreciating it from the standpoint of one who simply likes looking at beautiful things... For their proper appreciation, the featured images need some context, which is provided at the front of the book by the insightful introduction of James Compton... And throughout by the text that accompanies each illustration. And which is further enhanced by the really useful 10 paged, 4-columned timeline of botanical art... Whether you want to delve into the stories behind the artists or the images they've created, view this as a scientific text, or simply wish to wallow in the wonderful imagery, Plant is a beautiful book." —AoB Blog

"This magnificent book traces the history of botanical art from cave paintings to tapestries, culminating in the photography of Robert Mapplethorpe. Complementary images are paired together even though they are centuries apart. We are presented with two orchids, for example, in which Darwin's sketch of a new species sits side by side with a modern photo. It is at once ravishing and spellbinding."—Tatler

"Subtitled Exploring the Botanical World, this volume's glossy pages include more than 300 flower illustrations by artists, herbalists, and botanists plucked from across the centuries by the Phaidon editors." —Belle

"A wondrous collection of viscerally gorgeous botanical art throughout history, from stone carvings to cutting-edge scans." —Harper's Bazaar

"Your coffee table will thank you for this gorgeous book... A true celebration of artistry and knowledge, this book is as beautiful as it is educational." —Home Beautiful

"The ultimate gift for gardeners and art-lovers." —Goop

"Extravagant... The eye-catching embossed dust jacket makes a statement in itself." —The Irish Garden

"Phaidon is the global publisher of art books par excellence, and this collection of images of the botanical world is no exception." —NZ Gardener

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As featured in The Daily Telegraph, Gardens Illustrated, The Guardian, New Scientist, Newsweek, Tatler, The Wall Street Journal, and on Atlas Obscura and BBC Focus

"I am totally mesmerized by the extraordinary range of artists, scientists and technicians represented. Wonderful and absorbing and loving."
Edwina von Gal, Landscape Designer

"From the winning cover to the beautiful images inside, Plant is a complete pleasure covering centuries of botanical art. Artist information and provenance is dutifully recorded. Inspiration and imagination is there for the taking. This new book is classic Phaidon and bound to be a bestseller."
David Whitman, Pergola

"300 of the loveliest botanical images ever collated."
Town and Country

"A glorious visual compendium of plants and flowers that spans thousands of years."
Atlas Obscura

"The timeless pleasure of looking at plants: A new illustrated book examines mankind's fascination with making images of plants through the ages... Compton's fascination with what different people have done within the remit of botanical art jumps out of every one of Plant's pages. The variety is astounding."
The Daily Telegraph

"This beautiful new book is like having a botanical art exhibition on your coffee table."
Waitrose Weekend

"A glorious presentation of how we've represented flora and fauna in art and photography throughout history."
Outdoor Photography

"The side by side juxtapositions of images here are brilliant. The clear pencil drawings of Van Gogh and Ellsworth Kelly my favorites, so delicate, just gorgeous."
Perry Guillot, Landscape Architect


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