The original edition of Botanica Magnifica was limited to ten copies, the first of which was donated to the Smithsonian Institution and is kept in the Cullman Rare Book Room at the Smithsonian Institution Libraries. The original volume is hand bound in goatskin, hand sown by Kerstin Tini Miura, German master bookbinder who now has ateliers both in California and Japan.
The authors for the book are John Kress, the Curator of Botany and Research Scientist at the National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian Institution and Marc Hachadourian, the Acting Manager of the Nolen Greenhouses for the New York Botanical Garden.
Denver Botanic Gardens is hosting a Botanica Magnifica presentation and book signing on November 7th, 10 a.m. – noon with Jonathan Singer and W. John Kress. The baby-elephant, presented in a collectors slipcase will sell at this event for pre-publication price of $135. The event is FREE for General Public. More detailed information, please click here.