Botanica Magnifica

(Originally posted at 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).


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