Louis XIV's Botanical Engravings
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Enriched by numerous botanical expeditions to distant lands, Louis XIV's gardens were the admiration of Europe, and a source of specimens for scientists and illustrators. This magnificent volume reproduces 58 hand-coloured copperplate engravings drawn from the royal collection, with botanical details of each plant. It explains the origin of the gardens, the habitat and medicinal properties of the individual plants, and the engraving techniques used, while the illustrations themselves are both accurate scientific records and objects of great beauty. No jacket.