From the Library: Ancient Books Given Another Chance

“Utopian visions we had about the Internet and all it would be able to do are just that: utopian visions,” says Susie Cobbledick, book conservator at the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Peter H. Raven Library. “Electronic files don’t last very long,” she adds, “These [books] are very rare materials, many being the last or only copies…

18th Century Coloring Book Discovered at the Missouri Botanical Garden

A 256-year-old coloring book was discovered in the Peter H. Raven library in May by botanist Amy Pool. Robert Sayer’s The Florist was first published as a coloring book in 1760, with distinct instructions on how to color the pages. Pool first came across the title of the book while she was researching botanical illustrations…

From the Library: Another Kind of Conservation

When you think of “conservation” and the Missouri Botanical Garden, you probably picture a botanist in the field working with endangered plants or a horticulturist restoring a landscape by seeding native flowers. But the term conservation can also have a slightly different but equally important meaning within scientific and cultural institutions—the care and repair of…

From the Library: Book Binding Curiosities

The next time you open a book to read a text, spare a moment to look at the binding; it reveals a lot about the culture that produced the book in your hand. Here is an interesting case in point. The title of this book is Florilegium Novum. It’s content was created by the engraver…