1 pages, 9.25 × 6.25 × 1 in
August 14, 2008
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0747579520
ISBN - 13: 9780747579526
From the Publisher
The Naming of Names is a thrilling adventure into botanical history by the author of the worldwide bestseller The Tulip.
Imagine a world without definition: a world where plants exist but their properties are unknown because there is no way to classify them. Are they good to eat or poisonous? Can they be used to cure an illness or even save a life?
The search for order in the natural world is traced here for the first time, sumptuously illustrated in full colour. The book takes readers from Athens in the third century BC, to Constantinople, Venice, the Salerno medical school and the Pisa and Padua universities during the Renaissance. Filled with insight into a world of intrigue and competitive egos, this compelling journey involves the culture of Islam, the first expeditions to the Indies, the early settlers in North America and more.
About the Author
Anna Pavord (Dorset, U.K.) is the gardening correspondent for the Independent and the author of eight books. She also writes for U.K. and U.S. magazines and has appeared on BBC Radio.
"Winter is the time to curl up with a wonderful book. Well, Ann Pavord has done it the The Naming of Names: The Search for Order in the World of Plants. Replete with gorgeous illustrations, this is a book for plantoholics who long to know every detail. She proves that gardening is an intellectual pursuit." - Marjorie Harris, Globe & Mail Style Section's Wish List 2005, Dec. 3, 2005
"The ultimate in garden escapism ... the history of the tulip, and of people’s fascination with it, is riveting." (Canadian Gardening on The Tulip)
"History, commerce, cultivation, genetics and, for flavor, mania and a virus come together in a fascinating dance." (January Magazine on The Tulip)