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Karl von Martius german botanist and explorer

Posted on May 01 2020

Karl von Martius german botanist and explorer
Carl Friedrich Philipp von Martius german explorer and botanist
 source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_Friedrich_Philipp_von_Martius
Karl Friedrich Philipp (Carl Friedrich Philipp von Martius) von Martius was a german botanist and explorer best known for his work on Brazilian flora.

 In 1817 he and Johann Baptist von Spix were sent to Brazil by Maximilian I Joseph, the king of Bavaria. They travelled from Rio de Janeiro throughout Brazil, up the Amazon River and explored extensively the rivers.
Carl Friedrich Philipp von Martius exploring Brazil

On his return to Europe in 1820, Martius was appointed as the keeper of the botanic garden at Munich, including the herbarium at the Munich Botanical Collection, and in 1826 as professor of botany in the university there, and he held both offices until 1864.
He devoted his chief attention to the flora of Brazil, and in addition to numerous short papers he published the Nova Genera et Species Plantarum Brasiliensium (1823–1832, 3 vols.) and Icones selectae Plantarum Cryptogamicarum Brasiliensium (1827), both works being finely illustrated. 
We are currently restoring several of these works which are in our collection of botanical prints.
Livistona Inermis Tree Illustration from Karl von Martius available as a Botanical Print.

 

Livistona Humilis Tree Illustration from Karl von Martius available as a Botanical Print.

 

Livistona Inermis Tree Illustration from Karl von Martius available as a Botanical Print.


An account of his travels in Brazil appeared in three volumes between 1823 and 1831, with an atlas of plates, but probably the work by which he is best known is his Historia naturalis palmarum (1823–1850) in three large folio volumes, in which all known genera of the palm family are described and illustrated. 

The work contains more than 240 chromolithographs, with habitat sketches and botanical dissections.

Thanks Von Martius for providing us with this beautiful work!

You can watch the store video below I made today where I printed it in XL size on fine art 400g canvas poster.

 

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