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Botanica Magnifica: Portraits of the World's Most Extraordinary Flowers & Plants (New and *SIGNED* by both authors and the photographer)

Kress, W. John; Hachadourian, Marc, Singer, Jonathon M.

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ISBN 10: 0789210339 / ISBN 13: 9780789210333
Published by Abbeville Press, 2009
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This stunning folio was one of the publishing events of the past few years. Originally produced as a set of five double elephant folios, some of the first produced since the famous Audubon bird prints of the 19th century, it features the groundbreaking photography of Jonathon M. Singer, a surgeon who turned to nature photography when he could no longer safely perform surgery due to a debilitating disease. The photographs are incredibly close, detailed, and true to color, some of the finest nature photographs ever taken, and they are accompanied by a superb text from botanists, W. John Kress and Marc Hachadourian. This is a second printing *SIGNED* by both authors and the photographer in our presence and dated March 20, 2010, the date of the lecture and signing event at the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, California. As I write this, it is the only copy signed by all three of its creators, on the market. A significant piece of photographic and botanical history. We will bubble-wrap it and ship it a sturdy box to ensure safe delivery. Since this book is very large and very heavy, contact us by e-mail before placing your order so we can provide you with accurate shipping charges. International customers are more than welcome. Bookseller Inventory # ABH166

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Title: Botanica Magnifica: Portraits of the World's...

Publisher: Abbeville Press

Publication Date: 2009

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Dust Jacket Condition: New

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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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.

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"Jonathan Singer has captured some of the world's most endangered flowers in remarkable detail and in a light that evokes the paintings of great Dutch masters. This magnificent work draws attention to the need for protecting its subjects and the ecosystems in which they grow. As a force for conservation, it belongs in the same category as the picture book that inspired it--John James Audubon's Birds of America."

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