Strange Blooms: The Curious Lives and Adventures of the John Tradescants - Jennifer PotterAtlantic, 2006, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good+ - in Very Good+ DJ. Unlaminated wrapper has a couple of very small marks, with a notable one at foot of the spine. Leans slightly. An attractive copy all the same.
The Tradescant's passionate curiosity took Britain to the founders of horticultural knowledge and it is through the example of men like these that Britain became - and remains - a nation of gardeners. Their story celebrates the triumph of human ingenuity at a time of rapid and profound change when all the old certainties were breaking down - in politics, religion, art and culture, philosophy, even geography. The Tradescants were pioneers (the father, especially) but they were also quintessentially men of their time. How they responded to the risks and opportunities of their lives gives us a privileged glimpse into an extraordinary age, which began in superstition and wonder and ended with the dawning of science. Illustrated.
Size: 8¾" x 6½". 464 pages.