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Introducing Memoirs' Heritage Series

Because of increasing interest in the historical aspects of botanical exploration and scholarship, NYBG Press launched the Heritage Series within its long-standing book series, Memoirs of the New York Botanical Garden, that focuses on the history of botanical science.

To date, three titles have been issued in the Memoirs' Heritage Series:


Britton's Botanical Empire: The New York Botanical Garden and American Botany, 1888 - 1929

by Peter Mickulas

In the 1890s botanist Nathaniel Lord Britton united New York City's private Gilded Age wealth with the expertise of its increasingly well-respected scientific community in order to realize his vision of a world-class botanical research institution situated within the landscaped confines of a newly annexed Bronx park. The resulting New York Botanical Garden became a decidedly American place for the practice of New World botany. Britton's success in establishing the Botanical Garden illustrates the ways in which taxonomic botany remained a priority among scientific endeavors into the twentieth century and beyond. Today, the Garden ranks among the most important institutions, both for New York City and the botanical world.

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Thomas Walter and His Plants: The Life and Works of a Pioneer American Botanist

by Daniel B. Ward

In the 1780s, with the American Revolution a recent memory, Thomas Walter, an Englishman by birth, gained title to a large plantation in South Carolina. In addition to raising rice, he found time to prepare a tabulation of Carolina plants he found around him. Walter's Flora Caroliniana was the first flora written in America that used Linnaeus' classification system and binomial nomenclature. A large proportion of these plants were unknown to European botanists, and the names Walter gave them are used even today. Walter's botanical work has been appreciated, if incompletely known, among the successors of his science. But the man behind his work has remained a vague shadow, with few primary sources to document. Finally, this volume puts on record what can be said about Thomas Walter and his botanical achievements.

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C.G. Pringle: Botanist, Traveler, and the "Flora of the Pacific Slope" (1881 - 1844)

by Kathryn Mauz


This volume is devoted to documenting the travels and discoveries Pringle made in the western United States and northwestern Mexico—the Pacific Slope—between 1881 and 1884. His itinerary is recorded by more than 2700 plant specimens, supplemented by contemporary accounts, correspondence among more than twenty of his friends and other scientists, as well as other primary sources. Illustrations are carefully chosen to represent the places, the plants, and this time period that was formative both for Pringle and for American botany; among them is a never before published series of photographs that Pringle took himself in 1884 in the deserts of Arizona and Sonora.

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