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A Garden Eden. Masterpieces of Botanical Illustration

80Edition: Multilingual (English, French, German)Availability: In Stock
Art meets science in this far-reaching catalogue of botanical illustration. Drawn from the vaults of the National Library of Vienna, these exquisite color reproductions range from 6th-century manuscripts to 19th-century masterpieces and celebrate both the skill of botanical artists and the abundance of natural flora.
Hardcover9.8 x 13.6 in.9.24 lb576 pages

“Art, beauty, and knowledge come together in A Garden Eden. A comprehensive coffee table book on botany with beautiful images. Love of aesthetics is almost the only thing that counts.”


“A selection of the best works in botanical illustration.”

“This trilingual book makes a truly thoughtful gift.”

“A Marvellian world of botanical delights unfurls. Art blends with science in plates that range from the Byzantine to the Baroque.”

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XL books are at least 34 cm (13.4 in.) high, with the exception of landscape-format titles
A Garden Eden. Masterpieces of Botanical Illustration

A Garden Eden. Masterpieces of Botanical Illustration


Heaven on Earth

Botanical masterworks from the National Library of Vienna

In pursuit of both knowledge and delight, the craft of botanical illustration has always required not only meticulous draftsmanship but also a rigorous scientific understanding. This new edition of a TASCHEN classic celebrates the botanical tradition and talents with a selection of outstanding works from the National Library of Vienna, including many new images.

From Byzantine manuscripts right through to 19th-century masterpieces, through peonies, callas, and chrysanthemums, these exquisite reproductions dazzle in their accuracy and their aesthetics. Whether in gently furled leaves, precisely textured fruits, or the sheer beauty and variety of colors, we celebrate an art form as tender as it is precise, and ever more resonant amid our growing awareness of our ecological surroundings and the preciousness of natural flora.
The author

H. Walter Lack is a professor at the Free University of Berlin and former director of the Botanical Gardens and Botanical Museum in Berlin-Dahlem. A leading expert in the history of botany, his research focuses on the global transfer of useful and ornamental plants from a cultural historical perspective. He is the author of TASCHEN’s Garden of Eden, The Book of Palms and Redouté. The Book of Flowers.

A Garden Eden. Masterpieces of Botanical Illustration
Hardcover25 x 34.5 cm4.19 kg576 pages

ISBN 978-3-8365-7739-7

Edition: Multilingual (English, French, German)
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6 Ratings

An appreciated gift

Matteo,October 28, 2021
A very much appreciated gift sent. Ideal for people that like flowers and botanicals.

Amazing and Inspiring

Michel,October 28, 2021
Travel through ages of science with botanists. Wonderful paintings and nice page layout. Very much appreciated.

Stunning Collection of Amazing Art

Norman,October 27, 2021
The creative artistry exhibited is truly amazing. This book would be wonderful if it were only a collection of illustrations, but it is also a record of plant identification and has scientific value as well. It is always a joy to leaf through such a volume.

Wunderbares Buch perfekt geliefert

Daniel,December 10, 2021
Schnell, reibungslos und schöner als eh schon vermutet.

Wie ein Ausflug in den Garten

Stefanie,October 29, 2021
Ein wahrer Schatz mit herrlichen Illustrationen.


Matthias,October 29, 2021
Ich bin, wie bei allen Bildbänden von TASCHEN vom Inhalt, vom Druck und von der Qualität der Bücher sowas von begeistert. Ich verschenke sie regelmäßig an meine guten Freunde und freue mich über ihre Freude. Diesen Bildband habe ich meiner Frau geschenkt, nun liegt er offen da und jeden Tag wird eine neue Seite zum Anschauen der wunderbaren Pflanzen aufgeschlagen. Vielen Dank für diese großartige Arbeit.