The trees of North America Michaux and Redouté's American masterpiece

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A landmark volume of American forestry, illustrated by a French botanist and written by an English botanist and plant explorer in the mid-1800s, is reproduced and gorgeously rendered in full-color with capsule summaries of every tree species featured.

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Published
New York, NY ; London : Abbeville Press Publishers [2017]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Item Description
At head of title: New York Botanical Garden.
Physical Description
392 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 29 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 382-383) and indexes.
ISBN
9780789212764
0789212765
Other Authors
Susan M. Fraser (editor), Gregory (Gregory R.) Long (writer of foreword), Marta McDowell (writer of introduction), David Sibley, 1961- (writer of afterword), François André Michaux, 1770-1855 (-)
  • Foreword : The North American sylva and the New York Botanical Garden / Gregory Long
  • Preface : The North American sylva : a landmark of American botanical history / Susan M. Fraser
  • Introduction : François-André Michaux and Thomas Nuttall : the forest and the trees / Marta McDowell
  • The plates
  • A note about the plates
  • The species
  • Afterword : The North American sylva and the art of botanical illustration / David Allen Sibley.
Review by Choice Reviews

This book presents for the first time color reproductions of all 270-plus illustrations from two editions of The North American Sylva (created in 1817 by François-André Michaux and expanded in 1841–49 by Thomas Nuttall). These volumes were the first attempts at comprehensive, scientific descriptions of North American trees, and are important to both the history of science and scientific illustration. The illustrations, mostly by the great botanical illustrator Pierre-Joseph Redouté, began as paintings and were then copied to copper plates (and later polished stone) by master engravers. The final step in production was hand coloring in the early editions, and later making multiple prints for each color in the lithography process. Understanding the creation of these illustrations immensely increases one's appreciation for their artistry and accuracy. Each tree species illustration encompasses a full page, with only the currently accepted common and scientific names added. Following the original illustrations is a section with brief, modern descriptions of the trees (four to a page) by experts from the New York Botanical Garden. Natural history illustrator and field guide author Sibley provides biographic information about the original artists and their printing processes. The text is recommended for libraries with concentrations in natural history, art history, or the history of science. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and above; researchers and faculty.--G. D. Dreyer, Connecticut CollegeGlenn D. DreyerConnecticut College Glenn D. Dreyer Choice Reviews 55:02 October 2017 Copyright 2017 American Library Association.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

What John James Audubon's drawings were to birds, 19th-century botanists Michaux's and Redouté's artwork was to arboreal illustration. Naturalist David Allen Sibley provides an afterword and additional illustrations, and other botanical experts offer occasional commentary, but the 270 full-page color plates are the heart of this title, reprinted from original drawings by Michaux, Redouté, botanist and zoologist Thomas Nuttall, and others, largely from the 1800s. Staff at the New York Botanical Garden supply notes about each species, collected at the end of the book. VERDICT While a pocket reference guide would be more useful in the field, this full-size volume allows readers to examine closely leaves, seeds, and flowers. Suitable for most libraries.—Maggie Knapp, Trinity Valley Sch., Fort Worth, TX Copyright 2017 Library Journal.

Review by PW Annex Reviews

This handsome volume has historical, aesthetic, and horticultural value. The New York Botanical Garden's rare-book collection has yielded here a new edition of the landmark volumes by 19th-century botanists François-André Michaux and Thomas Nuttall that first catalogued North American trees. Renowned 19th-century botanical artist Pierre-Joseph Redouté supplied many of the original hand-colored illustrations, and contemporary botanical artist David Allen Sibley's accompanying essay illuminates the process of reproducing botanical illustrations and also draws the eye to tiny technical details. Other contextualizing essays help explain the significance of this remarkable work, but the bulk of the book is the series of illustrated plates—a visual compendium of all-American maples, oaks, pines, elms, ash, and many more—rich in subtle detail. Anyone with eyes to see the art of nature will appreciate this beautiful book. 270 color illus. (May) Copyright 2017 Publisher Weekly Annex.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A landmark volume of American forestry, illustrated by a French botanist and written by an English botanist and plant explorer in the mid-1800s, is reproduced and gorgeously rendered in full-color with capsule summaries of every tree species featured.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A landmark volume of American forestry, illustrated by a French botanist and written by an English botanist and plant explorer in the mid-1800s, is reproduced and rendered in full-color with capsule summaries of every tree species featured.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

A remarkable selection of American forest trees surveyed by François-André Michaux and Thomas Nuttall from The North American Sylva, held in the LuEsther T. Mertz Library of The New York Botanical Garden, featuring illustrations by celebrated botanical artists such as Pierre-Joseph Redouté and Pancrace Bessa, with an afterword by natural history artist David Allen SibleyFrançois-André Michaux (1770–1855) was a French botanist whose work on the trees of North America gave the world’s first illustrated account of American trees east of the Mississippi. From 1841 to 1849 Thomas Nuttall (1786–1859), an English botanist and one of the greatest plant explorers of North America, prepared supplementary volumes to Michaux’s landmark work, The North American Sylva.Full-color reproductions of all of the more than 270 plates are now included in a single volume for the first time. Mirroring Abbeville’s best-selling National Audubon Society Birds of America, the book includes capsule summaries of every tree species featured, written by New York Botanical Garden staff, along with reference illustrations by David Allen Sibley.Garden President Gregory Long looks at the book in the context of the New York Botanical Garden; NYBG Library Director Susan M. Fraser examines this landmark of American botanical history; award-winning garden writer Marta McDowell recounts the two botanist-explorers uncovering the continent’s arboreal riches; and best-selling ornithologist and natural history artist David Allen Sibley offers an aesthetic appreciation.Beautifully illustrated and extensively researched, The Trees of North America will entice gardeners, art connoisseurs, and nature lovers alike.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

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