From 1817 to 1820, German botanist Carl Friedrich Philipp von Martius travelled over 1,400 miles through the Amazon basin to investigate natural history and native tribes with zoologist Johann Baptist von Spix.
The expeditions resulted in Martius’s groundbreaking Natural History of Palms, reproduced in this volume as a treasury of 240 exquisite illustrations. An unrivalled catalogue of all known genera of the palm family, the 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 colour landscapes showing various palms—often standing alone in simple and elegant beauty.
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