BOOK REVIEW by Adolf Ceska: COLLECTION OF ESSAYS ON PTERIDOPHYTES
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- Date: Fri, 28 Jan 2005 08:10:34 -0800
The following book review, from "BEN-L, Botanical Electronic News", No. 341
(January 27, 2005), is posted here for your enjoyment, with kind permission
from the author.
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BOOK REVIEW: COLLECTION OF ESSAYS ON PTERIDOPHYTES
From: Adolf Ceska [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Moran, Robbin C. 2004. _A natural history of ferns_. Timber
Press, Portland, OR. 301 p. ISBN 0-88192667-1 [hard cover]
Price: US$ 29.95
Available from: Timber Press, Portland, OR
This is a magnificent collection of essays that covers the yes! - natural
history of ferns. Some of the essays were originally published in the
_Fiddlehead Forum_ (a newsletter of the American Fern Society) and one in its
British equivalent, _Pteridologist_. Two of them (_In search of the fern seeds_
and _Nardoo_) were also posted in BEN.
Thirty three essays cover all aspects of ferns and the so-called fern allies.
The book is richly illustrated with 145 figures and 25 colour plates, and the
illustrations are an integral part of the book. There are not too many nor too
few, just right for the treated topics. As a matter of fact, when I posted two
of Robbin Moran's essays in BEN, I had a hard time finding some that could
stand on their own without their accompanying illustrations. "This book relies
heavily on illustrations," writes Robbin Moran in the Acknowledgements and he
thanks Haroto M. Fukuda for preparing many of the drawings. With quite a few
drawings taken from the published literature, the author (and I assume Haroto
M. Fikuda as well) managed to combine different styles very well. The result is
a uniform visual feast, not a hodgepodge of pictures randomly thrown together.
This is a beautiful book. Get it, read it, and become a pteridophyte addict. I
warn you, this is a dangerous obsession. Pteridophytes are like cats: you have
to like them, you are always amazed by them, but you will never understand
them. Good luck!
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