Trees of North America

  • Trees of North America
  • Trees of North America
  • Trees of North America
  • Trees of North America
  • Trees of North America
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A remarkable selection of American forest trees surveyed by François-André Michaux and Thomas Nuttall from The North American Sylva,  held in the LuEsther T. Mertz Library of The New York Botanical Garden,  featuring illustrations by celebrated botanical artists such as  Pierre-Joseph Redouté and Pancrace Bessa, with an afterword by natural  history artist David Allen Sibley.

François-André Michaux (1770–1855) was a French botanist whose work  on the trees of North America gave the world’s first illustrated account  of American trees east of the Mississippi. From 1841 to 1849 Thomas  Nuttall (1786–1859), an English botanist and one of the greatest plant explorers of North America, prepared supplementary volumes to Michaux’s  landmark work, The North American Sylva.Full-color reproductions of all of the more than 270 plates are now included in a single volume for the first time. Mirroring Abbeville’s best-selling  National Audubon Society Birds of America, the book includes  capsule summaries of every tree species featured, written by New York  Botanical Garden staff, along with reference illustrations by David  Allen Sibley.

Garden President Gregory Long looks at the book in the context of the New York Botanical Garden; NYBG Library Director Susan M. Fraser examines this landmark of American botanical history; award-winning garden writer Marta McDowell recounts the two  botanist-explorers uncovering the continent’s arboreal riches; and  best-selling ornithologist and natural history artist David Allen Sibley offers an aesthetic appreciation.

Beautifully illustrated and extensively researched, The Trees of North America will entice gardeners, art connoisseurs, and nature lovers alike. 

  • Contributors: Gregory Long, Marta McDowell, Susan M. Fraser and David Allen Sibley
  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Abbeville Press, 2017
  • 392 pages, 11.3" x 8.4"
  • Fully illustrated throughout
  • ISBN: 9780789212764
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