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Martius. The Book of Palms

Hardcover, 5.5 x 7.7 in., 2.44 lb, 568 pages
US$ 20
After an epic Amazonian journey through Brazil and Peru, German botanist von Martius compiled an unsurpassed catalogue of all known genera of palm. This exquisite encyclopedic treasury is a jewel of 19th-century botany, as remarkable for its meticulous classification, as it is for its maps, color landscapes, and cross-sectioned diagrams showing the architecture of these majestic trees.

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Trees of Paradise

All known genera of the palm family in 240 exquisite illustrations
On December 15, 1868, Carl Friedrich Philipp von Martius (1794–1868), Professor of Botany at the University of Munich and director of the Royal Botanic Garden, was carried to his grave in a coffin covered with fresh palm leaves. The fronds were a reference to his groundbreaking Natural History of Palms: a work in three volumes, published between 1823 and 1853.

This encyclopedic treasury of 240 exquisite chromolithographic illustrations was based on von Martius’s expeditions through Brazil and Peru. From 1817 to 1820, he traveled over 2,250 km (1,400 miles) through the Amazon basin to investigate natural history and native tribes with zoologist Johann Baptist von Spix.

The result was an unrivaled catalogue of all known genera of the palm family, outlining the modern classification of palms, describing all the palms of Brazil, and producing the first maps of palm biogeography. Von Martius’s folio is unusual in its inclusion of cross-sectioned diagrams, conveying the architecture of these mighty trees, which central Europeans would have found hard to imagine accurately. Equally remarkable are the color landscapes showing various palms—often standing alone in simple and elegant beauty.
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.

Martius. The Book of Palms
Hardcover, 5.5 x 7.7 in., 2.44 lb, 568 pages
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Customer reviews (9)


Mattéo, October 29, 2021
J’attendais ce livre depuis un moment et quand je l’ai vu sur le site j’étais très content, il est très instructif et intéressant.

Muy interesante

Estibaliz, October 28, 2021
El libro como siempre llegó en perfecto estado y la calidad del pale y las guardas como esperaba. Siempre de calidad

Palme palme palme

Andrea, October 27, 2021
Un antologia sulle palme, un libro curioso che tratte i tema in tutte le sue angulature

Great Book!

Jeffrey, October 27, 2021
Great Book!


Floriane, October 27, 2021
Ce livre est splendide, les illustrations sont très belles et inspirantes pour le dessin

A piece of art

Andrea, October 27, 2021
What a beautiful piece of art. Full of incredible detailed pictures and drawings. Perfect to inspire and boost creativity.


Javier, December 10, 2021
Para un enamorado de las palmeras y similares este libro es un excelente compañero, ya sea para consulta o inspiración.

Eine tolle Ergänzung…

Katrin, November 02, 2021
…zur Sammlung A Garden Eden. Die botanischen Illustrationen werden um historische Reise- und Entdeckungsaufzeichnungen ergänzt. Sehr gelungen!

Scientifique et artistique

Jeremy, October 27, 2021
Ce livre présente des images à la fois scientifiques et artistiques. Tout le charme des planches botaniques d'autrefois, en somme.
Victoire de Castellane

Victoire de Castellane

“I never tire of flipping through this book with its exquisitely detailed drawings of palm trees in countless shades of green. Nature is a great source of inspiration to me and I feel like I’m diving into the tropics and the world of that passionate botanist. The large format of this beautifully designed book does justice to its subject.”
Illustration: Robert Nippoldt