cloth, 367 pp., $85.00
While working in China in the late nineteenth century, Augustine Henry (1857 – 1930) began collecting plant specimens. His explorations led to the largest single collection of dried specimens from China ever introduced to the Western world. Despite his productive expeditions, few now recall his success and prominence in the field. Irish author and eminent explorer Seamus O’Brien has made up for this deficiency in this remarkable account of Augustine Henry’s associations with plants, including some that are now rare. The text details Henry’s journeys across China, and features the author’s report on a recent expedition that he led through the same territories. Illustrating this work are historical and contemporary photographs of the regions and many specimens that can be found now in gardens abroad. These visual images bring to life and enhance the awesome experiences of the author and other explorers, as described in the text of this important work.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden