Kew Pocketbooks: Honzo Zufu
This stunning series of pocketbooks from Kew offers a snapshot into the diverse and beautiful world of plants. Each book lavishly showcases choice examples from individual plant groups or collections, and in this pocketbook a selection of plants are showcased from Honzu Zufu, a Japanese 17th century multi-volume manual of medicinal plants with a unique botanical style. Published to coincide with the new Japan festival at Kew Gardens in October 2020.
The Library, Art and Archives at Kew is one of the most extensive botanical libraries in the world, with the oldest item dating back to the 1370s. In this pocketbook series from Kew, each book presents 40 botanical paintings from the collection, illustrating the variety within each plant group, as well as the diversity of the collection and artistic styles.
An introductory chapter by a Kew expert provides an overview of the plant group or theme, and extended captions accompany each painting.The luxury finish on these books make them a must-have gift item, printed on uncoated paper and with a cloth and foil finish.
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