287 pages, B/w photos
New edition of Blunt's 1971 title. Celebrates the father of modern taxonomy, the man who invented the system of giving living organisms two Latin names. This volume charts the rise of Carl Linnaeus from poor student at Lund University in Sweden to Professor of Medicine at Uppsala and founder of the Royal Academy of Sciences.
'All-in-all, this is a most compleat and complete revision, a classic biography that no library or enthusiast of botanical history can afford to be without. Get the new edition, but do hang on to the old.' Rudolf Schmid, TAXON
The definitive work on one of the world's greatest naturalists, the Swedish taxonomist Carl Linnaeus. This beautifully illustrated biography celebrates the man who will be remembered for ever as the father of modern plant taxonomy.
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Wilfrid Blunt was for many years senior drawing master at Eton. An Associate of the Royal College of Art and a fellow of the Linnean Society, he was the author of a number of biographies and books on European art and botany: his The Art of Botanical Illustration has become a standard work of reference. He died in 1987. Professor William T. Stearn, who contributed a new Introduction, was a distinguished botanist of the British Museum (Natural History) and Honorary Curator of the Linnean Society's Botanic Collections. His appendix on Linnean Classification, Nomenclature and Method provides a concise and well documented survey of the basic facts necessary for understanding Linnaeus's work. He died in 2001.