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NEW YORK — People have long brought the natural world into their homes in the form of plants that thrive indoors as well as cut flowers that might only last a week but are majestic when in bloom. One of the best and least labor-intensive ways to appreciate the beauty of flowers and plants year-round […]
NEW YORK – Maps and atlases, natural history and color-plate books are on the auction block at Swann Galleries on Thursday, Dec. 17. The sale will feature a strong showing of world cartography, as well as a standout selection of historical prints and paintings of the natural sciences. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.
NEW YORK – Long before photography, botanical illustration flourished as a way to capture the beauty of plant species. The illustrations had to be highly detailed and accurate as they were used by doctors, pharmacists, gardeners and scientists for identification and classification.
NEW YORK – Botany and medicine have been entwined since time immemorial. Because accurate descriptions of medicinal plants were essential for treatment, healers in ancient Egypt, India, China and Europe, for example, compiled handwritten herbals, collections of accumulated medical wisdom, along with plant names, descriptions and uses.