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"Japonica Magnifica" is a 144 page, folio size (13"x18.25") hardcover written by Don Elick, illustrated by Raymond Booth, and published in 1992 in the UK by Allan Sutton Publishing, and in the US by Sagapress, Inc / Timber Press, Inc. There are 64 color illustrations.
From the flap: "In this unique book, Don Elick, an American who lives in Japan, and whose knowledge of the Japanese flora is probably unequalled among foreign specialists, and Raymond Booth, who has been described as one of the best botanical artists in the world today, have collaborated to show the richness of the Japanese flora. Japanese plants have long held a fascination for gardeners and plantsmen throughout Europe and the Western world - indeed, their beauty is legendary. Don Elick and Raymond Booth have always shared this interest in Japanese plants, both familiar and unfamiliar, and this book is the fruit of their joint passion for them. Almost all the sixty-eight species described have been grown by Raymond Booth and they are depicted natural size; the paintings are therefore as true and accurate to the original as possible. Black and white drawings, which show the natural habitat in which the plants may be found, have also been included. In many instances the plants depicted are so uncommon that they are rarely seen in their own country, and in some cases this is the first time the plant has been illustrated in a foreign publication. Japonica Magnifica takes the reader through the flowering year, and provides a representative cross-section of the Japanese flora. Accompanying each of the flower paintings is an informative and enriching description of the plant depicted; its natural habitat and growing conditions; its history and legends and superstitions with which it may be associated; its Latin and common name; a full botanical description; its flowering time, habitat and distribution; and, finally, a note for gardeners who may be encouraged to try growing the plants themselves. Adding further to its beauty and interest, the book is prefaced and ended by haiku specially composed by the internationally known master of hangu Ono Kayi."
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