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Around the World in 80 Trees

Around the World in 80 Trees

作者 : Jonathan Drori

出版社 : LAURENCE KING PUBLISHING

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精選世界80個地區具代表性的樹木,佐以精美插畫,從環境與文化的角度出發,描繪人與樹的關係,是一本給愛樹人的動人情書。

佛經中的榕樹與聖經中的香柏給予人精神的慰藉,而現實生活中,樹木不僅可供乘涼,它們還可以作成家具。人類從柳樹與金雞納樹中提煉出阿斯匹靈與奎寧來預防心血管疾病與治療瘧疾,日本人利用漆樹製作出精美的漆器使世人讚嘆。

本書作者Jonathan Drori利用植物學的知識,使我們理解樹木在人類生活中所扮演的角色。柏林的椴樹大道不僅迷倒嚴謹的德國人,也使蜜蜂連留忘返;19世紀倫敦最豪華的街道兩旁,種滿了尤加利樹;加州參天紅木的秘密,從小水滴的成分中就可得知。

插畫家Lucille Clerc將文字轉化為精緻優美的圖像,不論是樹木外形、樹葉與果實的樣貌,她都如實再現,並且從作者的文字描述中,以插畫展現從樹木所延伸的環境與文化意涵。

Trees are one of humanity's most constant and most varied companions. From India's sacred banyan tree to the fragrant cedar of Lebanon, they offer us sanctuary and inspiration – not to mention the raw materials for everything from aspirin to maple syrup.

In Around the World in 80 Trees, expert Jonathan Drori uses plant science to illuminate how trees play a role in every part of human life, from the romantic to the regrettable. Stops on the trip include the lime trees of Berlin's Unter den Linden boulevard, which intoxicate amorous Germans and hungry bees alike, the swankiest streets in nineteenth-century London, which were paved with Australian eucalyptus wood, and the redwood forests of California, where the secret to the trees' soaring heights can be found in the properties of the tiniest drops of water.

Each of these strange and true tales – populated by self-mummifying monks, tree-climbing goats and ever-so-slightly radioactive nuts – is illustrated by Lucille Clerc, taking the reader on a journey that is as informative as it is beautiful.
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