Botanica Magnifica features 250 stunning photographs of rare and exotic plants and flowers by Hasselblad Laureate Award winner Jonathan Singer. Botanica Magnifica features 250 stunning photographs representing�in the words of an ARTnews critic�rare or exotic plants and flowers �in large scale and exquisite detail, emerging from the shadows in a manner evocative of Old Master paintings.� The original edition of Botanica Magnifica, consisting of five lavishly hand-bound volumes, was limited to just ten copies, the first of which was recently donated to the Smithsonian Institution. The extra-large �double-elephant� format of that edition was chosen in homage to the famous double-elephant folio of The Birds of America, and indeed, Botanica Magnifica is one of the few works of natural history ever to rival Audubon�s magnum opus in its scope and artistry. In praise of the double-elephant folio of Botanica Magnifica, the Smithsonian�s Chairman of Botany attested, �Everyone who has seen the photographs�has been tremendously impressed with the power, scale, and depth of the work.� Now Singer�s remarkable images are available to the public for the first time in this hardcover with slipcase, baby-elephant folio of Botanica Magnifica. This volume is organized into five alphabetically arranged sections, each introduced by a gatefold page that displays one extraordinary plant at a luxurious size. Each pictured plant is accompanied by a clear and accessible description of its botany, geography, folklore, history, and conservation. Botanica Magnifica is one of the most impressive volumes of natural history ever published.
� Hardcover: 356 pages
� Publisher: Abbeville Press; Slp edition (September 29, 2009)
� Language: English
� ISBN-10: 0789210339
� ISBN-13: 978-0789210333
� Product Dimensions: 13 x 2 x 16.2 inches
� Shipping Weight: 10.6 pounds
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