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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.

Published by Abbeville Press, 2009
ISBN 10: 0789210339 / ISBN 13: 9780789210333
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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


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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Synopsis: Botanica Magnifica features two hundred and fifty stunning photographs by HasselbladLaureate Award winner Jonathan Singer, representingGÇöin the words of an ARTnewscriticGÇörare or exotic plants and flowers GÇ£in large scale and exquisite detail, emergingfrom the shadows in a manner evocative of Old Master paintings.GÇ¥
The original edition of Botanica Magnifica, consisting of five lavishly hand-boundvolumes, was limited to just ten copies, the first of which was recently donated to theSmithsonian Institution. The extra-large GÇ£double-elephantGÇ¥ format of that editionwas 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 rivalAudubonGÇÖs magnum opus in its scope and artistry. In praise of the double-elephant folioof Botanica Magnifica, the SmithsonianGÇÖs Chairman of Botany attested, GÇ£Everyone whohas seen the photographs . . . has been tremendously impressed with the power, scale,and depth of the work.GÇ¥
Now SingerGÇÖs remarkable images are available to the public for the first time in thisbaby-elephant folio of Botanica Magnifica. Like the larger edition, this volume is organizedinto five alphabetically arranged sections, each introduced by a gatefold page thatdisplays one extraordinary plant at a luxurious size. Each pictured plant is accompaniedby a clear and accessible description of its botany, geography, folklore, history, and conservation.
This volume is also available in a leatherbound, slipcased edition. With its marvelousreproductions and fascinating text, the baby-elephant folio of Botanica Magnifica isone of the most impressive volumes of natural history ever published.

Book Description: "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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