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Cleveland's treasures from the world of botanical literature
Johnston, Stanley H.
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Publication Information:
Wilmington, Ohio, USA : Orange Frazer Press, 1998.
Physical Description:
xvi, 142 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 31 cm
General Note:
"The collections became part of the libraries of the Holden Arboretum, the Cleveland Botanical Garden, and the Cleveland Medical Library Association"--P. [4] of cover.
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QK14.5 .J64 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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Cleveland, Ohio is a city of great cultural and educational resources. The collection of rare herbal, botanical, and horticultural books in Cleveland comprise an especially rich treasure from the past. in their pages lie a golden trove of pictures and words that unlock a story of discovery. Some tell the story of botanizing in foreign lands; others of using plants for medicine, of designing beautiful landscapes, and of creating portraits of flowers. The books were originally brought together for different reasons. Some were part of the working libraries of scientists and physicians. Others were assembled by dedicated and passionate collectors. In time, the collection became part of the libraries of the Holden Arboretum, the Cleveland Botanical Garden, and the Cleveland Medical Library Association. Today, Cleveland is home to an impressive array -- one of the finest in the nation -- of rare herbals and early botanical works. We invite you to sample them and learn their story.

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The herbal, botanical, and horticultural collections of three Cleveland, Ohio, institutions previously were profiled in a descriptive bibliographic study by Johnston, The Cleveland Herbal, Botanical, and Horticultural Collections: A Descriptive Bibliography of Pre-1830 Works from the Libraries of the Holden Arboretum, the Cleveland Medical Library Association, and the Garden Center of Greater Cleveland (1992). In order to provide a volume less complex and specialized, the graphically beautiful book Cleveland's Treasures was produced for more general reading. The author has applied his considerable expertise to add scholarly information about authors and illustrators to the beauty of the illustrations themselves, many shown in exquisite color. Chapters on the collectors responsible for gathering the trove of books discussed, on herbals and medical botanical works, on botanical and other scientific books, and on gardening and landscape architecture are followed by an extensive bibliography of primary sources. Packed with interesting, authoritative information and beautiful color plates, this is a book that should be added to every library's botanical section. General readers; upper-division undergraduates through faculty. L. G. Kavaljian; California State University, Sacramento