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Herbarium by Robyn Stacey, Ashley Hay


Herbarium by Robyn Stacey, Ashley Hay

This stunning book of photographs by Robyn Stacey, one of Australia's greatest photographers, is the first of its kind. Together with essayist, Ashley Hay, they throw open the closed doors of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney herbarium, and reveal the secret history of Australia's flora. Herbarium tells fascinating stories about the nature of collecting, those who collected, what they collected and when, and the scientific background to each of the specimens. A glossary of botanical descriptions provides a unique link between the specimens and their collectors, and exquisite photographs of the botanical specimens - some now extinct - comprise a collection of rare beauty.


'Based around the National Herbarium of New South Wales, this is a fascinating and pictorially stunning history of its creation and present day status. ... With an informative, easy-to-read and endlessly fascinating essay on the subject by Ashley Hay, as well as the stunning photographic portraits, this is a book for all spectrums of reader - gardener, historian, adventure-lovers, botanist and museum-lovers.'
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'A new book of pictures by Robyn Stacey, one of Australia's finest photographers, published by Cambridge University Press, is a first of its kind. ... A list of botanical notes provides a unique link between the specimens and their collectors.'
Current Biology

About the Author

Ashley Hay has written two books of narrative non-fiction, The Secret: The Strange Marriage of Lord Byron and Annabella Milbanke (Duffy and Snellgrove, 2000), and Gum: The Story of Eucalypts and Their Champions (Duffy and Snellgrove, 2002). She lives in Sydney and is currently assistant editor of The Bulletin. Robyn Stacey is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Communication, Design and Media at the University of Western Sydney. She is one of Australia's most acclaimed photographers and has exhibited her photographic work in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Australia and internationally since the mid-1980s to high critical acclaim. Her work is represented in the National Gallery of Australia, all State galleries in Australia, Art Bank, as well as university and private collections, both here and abroad.

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Publication date

18th October 2004


Robyn Stacey, Ashley Hay

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Cambridge University Press


164 pages


Botany & plant sciences



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