The Naming of Names

The Naming of Names : the Search for Order in the World of Plants

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For centuries, some of the most brilliant minds in Europe searched for the rules of nature's game. In a world full of plagues and poisons, many medicines were made from plant extracts and there was a practical need to differentiate between one plant and another. Alongside this was an overwhelming desire to make sense of the natural world. Scholars, aided by the artists who painted the first pictures of plants, set out looking, writing and classifying, but 2,000 years were to pass before any rules became clear. Anna Pavord takes us on an exhilarating and fascinating journey through botanical history, travelling from Athens in the third century BC, through Constantinople and Venice, Padua and Pisa to the present more

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  • Paperback
  • 190 x 240 x 36mm | 1,179.33g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0747582440
  • 9780747582441
  • 485,382

About Anna Pavord

Anna Pavord is the gardening correspondent for the Independent and the author of eight previous books, including the bestselling The Tulip. She contributes to a number of magazines, both in the US and the UK, and regularly fronts programmes for BBC Radio 3 and 4. She chairs the Gardens Panel of the National Trust and sits on the Parks and Gardens Panel of English Heritage. She lives in Dorset, England, where she spent thirty years restoring the garden of an old rectory. She has recently moved to a new house and started another garden. She is married and has three more

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'A thrilling adventure into botanical history, and a compelling insight into a world full of intrigue and intensely competitive egos' Royal Horticultural Society 'Her glorious book, inspired by a passion that matches theirs, is itself a memorial to all those who collected, drew and named plants in the past, sumptuously illustrated' Sunday Times 'A book to be dipped into at delicious leisure, to savour over time' Vogue 'I simply adored The Naming of Names, Anna Pavord's beautifully written, gloriously illustrated history of how brilliant men from the days of Aristotle attempted to classify the world's plants' Jilly Cooper, Daily Telegraph Books of the Yearshow more

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