The Flora Graeca Story: Sibthorp, Bauer, and Hawkins in the Levant

Hardcover | October 1, 1998

byH.W. Lack, David Mabberley

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This is the first scholarly treatise that tells the remarkable story behind the making of the Flora Graeca, the monumental collection of illustrations and descriptions of plants in Greece, Cyprus and Turkey. First described by Dioskorides in the sixth century, the flora and fauna of the Levantwas neglected until the gentlemen botanists-naturalists John Sibthorp and John Hawkins, accompanied by illustrator Ferdinand Bauer, travelled there. Bauer produced a class of paintings superior to anthing of their kind in existence then, and his work was to become one of the most valuable treasuresof the University of Oxford. Based on the original diaries, letters, and specimens, this fine work is illustrated with the original illustrations which are still housed at the Department of Plant Sciences there.

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This is the first scholarly treatise that tells the remarkable story behind the making of the Flora Graeca, the monumental collection of illustrations and descriptions of plants in Greece, Cyprus and Turkey. First described by Dioskorides in the sixth century, the flora and fauna of the Levantwas neglected until the gentlemen botanists...

H.W. Lack is at Botanischer Garten und Botanischer Museum, Berlin. David Mabberley is at Oxford University.
Format:HardcoverPublished:October 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198548974

ISBN - 13:9780198548973

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Table of Contents

IntroductionComplexities of discoveryPhysicians and apothecariansLevant lunaticsExpeditionsLinnaean revolutionsSibthorp - the early yearsBauer - the early yearsHawkins - the early yearsSibthorp - the first journeyHawkins's first journeySibthorp - the years betweenBauer's work for Sibthorp and HawkinsHawkins - the years betweenHawkins's second journeySibthorp's second journeySibthorp - the final monthsThe collections, drawings and notesHawkins - home the sailorThe publication of the resultsEpilogueReferencesAppendices

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