Botanica Magnifica: Portraits of the World?s Most Extraordinary Flowers and Plants by Jonathan SingerBotanica Magnifica: Portraits of the World?s Most Extraordinary Flowers and Plants by Jonathan Singer

Botanica Magnifica: Portraits of the World?s Most Extraordinary Flowers and Plants

Photographed byJonathan SingerText byW. John Kress, Marc Hachadourian

Hardcover | April 9, 2013

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An unabridged miniature edition ofBotanica Magnifica, featuring two hundred and fifty stunning photographs of rare or exotic plants and flowers by the "Audubon of flowers,” Jonathan Singer

First published as an oversized clothbound volume in 2009,Botanica Magnificahas received widespread acclaim from the scientific and artistic communities. In the words of anARTnewscritic, Singer’s flowers and plants, photographed "in large scale and exquisite detail, emerge from the shadows in a manner evocative of Old Master paintings.”

Now we are pleased to offer this masterwork of botanical photography as a pocket-sized hardcover book, in our trademarked Tiny Folio format. Mirroring the design of the larger edition, this little volume is organized into five alphabetically arranged sections: (I)Orchidaceae, presenting the full diversity of orchids; (II)Florilegium, portraying the complexity and beauty of flowers; (III)Proteus, illustrating plant forms perfectly adapted for survival; (IV)Zingiberaceae, a tribute to the fascinating ginger family and (V)Botanicus, a selection of beautiful and bizarre specimens from the Smithsonian’s research collection. Each pictured plant is accompanied by a clear and accessible description of its botany, geography, history, and conservation.

With its marvelous reproductions and fascinating text, the Tiny Folio ofBotanica Magnificais a charming miniature version of one of the most impressive volumes of natural history ever published.

Jonathan M. Singerhas been honored with the Hasselblad Laureate Award (2008) and the Carl Linnaeus Silver Medal of the Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences (2009). Dr.Singer’s appointments include that of Research Collaborator at the National Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C. His latest volume of photography isFine Bonsai: Art &...
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Title:Botanica Magnifica: Portraits of the World?s Most Extraordinary Flowers and PlantsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 4.38 × 4 × 1 inPublished:April 9, 2013Publisher:Abbeville Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0789211378

ISBN - 13:9780789211378

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents from: Botanica Magnifica
Preface

Introduction

I. Orchidaceae
Presents the full diversity of orchids, one of the largest and most exquisite families of flowering plants.

II. Florilegium
Portrays the complexity and beauty of flowers.

III. Proteus
Named for the shape-changing sea god of Greek mythology because it illustrates plant forms perfectly adapted for survival.

IV. Zingerbraceae
A tribute to the ginger family, whose members include both common tropical plants and rarities at risk of extinction.

V. Botanicus
A selection of beautiful and bizarre specimens from the renowned botanical research collection of the National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian.

Index of Plant Names

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Botanica Magnifica:"This has to be, hands down, the most gorgeous book of the year." — ARTnews"Goes way beyond typical nature photography to reveal not just the shape and substance of these living things but also their essence." — O, the Oprah Magazine"Art aficionados marvel at their painterly quality, and botanists are in awe of how Singer manages to capture them so true to form." — Smithsonian Magazine"You've never seen still-lifes of flora this crisp and hyper-real before. Photographer Jonathan Singer uses cutting edge digital techniques to reveal delicate structures of plant life to often jaw-dropping effect." — Elle Magazine"A podiatrist photographs some of the world’s most endangered flowers with remarkable precision and artistry, hoping to raise the plants’ profiles before it’s too late." — Audubon Magazine"It's [Singer's] flowers, in Botanica Magnifica, that have caused quite a stir. Art aficionados marvel at their painterly quality, and botanists are in awe of how Singer manages to capture them so true to form" — Smithsonian(dot)com"A greenhouse between two covers." — Reader's Digest"Botanica Magnifica is truly one of the most amazing natural history publications that has ever appeared" — Zoom Magazine"As rare and sublime as the marvels surveyed within its broad covers, Singer has produced a work to rest alongside some of the great botanical codexes in history, one for connoisseurs of the still-life, natural phenomena, and the photographic art." — Library Journal"This single and singular volumeoffers profound delightTogether the artist and the scientist observe and create diverse and new forms with these images." — Bloomsbury Review"This impressive book should capture the imagination of naturalists and artists as well as the general public." — Choice