(Originally posted at http://joelnoche.multiply.com/journal/item/68/Botanica-Magnifica on September 1, 2011 9:57 AM)
I first learned about Botanica Magnifica from a July/August 2008 issue of the magazine Fine Books & Collections that I bought at a BOOKSALE a few years ago. I used to think pictures of flowers were quite boring until I saw the photographs in this book. The pictures from left to right show a Passiflora quadrangularis, a Gloriosa superba, and a Cynara scolymus. (I got the graphics from here using screen captures.) The book was originally published as a five-volume set with a double-elephant folio book size, and its second copy sold for US$2.5 million before it was completely printed (making it the most expensive new book at the time).