This major work, first published in 1950, is still considered the classic work on the subject. The book was revised and enlarged by in 2000; this is a reprint of that edition. It provides a comprehensive, critical and well illustrated survey of the portrayal of plants through more than three thousand years.
Of the first edition, the poet and gardening writer, Vita Sackville-West, said, 'Let no one think this is a book only for the specialist. It is essential for the specialist, certainly, but it is also for all the flower-lovers and all those who enjoy the by-ways of biography and the added attraction of good writing'.
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