Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Flora Mirabilis - A book review and giveaway
Update: The winner of the book is Rob (Our French Garden)! Thanks for entering and stay tuned for future contests.
Roughly translated, Flora Mirabilis means "a wonderful book of flowers" and National Geographic certainly doesn't disappoint with this beautifully designed and illustrated history of how plants have influenced our lives.
The publishers have collaborated with the Missouri Botanical Garden Library to reproduce over 200 rare botanical prints and woodcuts, beautifully illustrated on heavy gloss paper. The narrative recounts the trecherous adventures of early plant hunters who sought plants from far reaches across the globe to modern-day scientists who use plants for molecular biology, genetics and biochemistry. Sprinkled throughout the book are illustrated timelines and individual profiles of significant plants in botanical history like wheat, rice, olive, tulip, tobacco, coffee, tomato, rose, grape, cotton, apple, potato, orchids and more.
If you would like a chance to win this beautiful book, just leave a comment to this post. The deadline is 9pm CST, Sunday, December 6. One winner will be selected from all the entries received. If you do not have an account with Blogger, you will need to leave your e-mail address in the post.
Details - 256 pages, 9.8 x 7.9 x 1 inches, 2.3 lbs., retail price $35.00