Thomas Moore (1821-1887)
Illustrations of
orchidaceous plants.
London: Willis and Sotheran, 1857.
From South America to Africa, from Asia to Australia, the world became an endless source of new plants and botanical information during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Botanical books published during this fascinating age of plant exploration describe in both words and pictures, the adventures of the explorers, the customs of indigenous peoples, and the wonders of exotic botanical treasures.

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Plants in Print: The Age of Botanical Discovery is a collaboration
between the United States Botanic Garden and the Chicago Botanic Garden
to share the rich history of botany and plant exploration with a nationwide audience.

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