Posted on May 01 2020
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.
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.
Livistona Humilis 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.