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Science and Civilisation in China: Volume 6, Biology and Biological Technology, Part 4, Traditional Botany: An Ethnobotanical Approach: 06

Science and Civilisation in China: Volume 6, Biology and Biological Technology, Part 4, Traditional Botany: An Ethnobotanical Approach: 06

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Georges Metailie
Cambridge University Press
Edition: Illustrated, 9/24/2015
EAN 9781107109872, ISBN10: 1107109876

Hardcover, 788 pages, 24.9 x 19.8 x 4.8 cm
Language: English
Originally published in English

This volume offers a comprehensive and authoritative account of botanical knowledge in China from ancient times to the end of the seventeenth century. In this highly illustrated study, Georges Métailié explores the perception and use of a wealth of plants and vegetation in China before the introduction of modern botany. Drawing from a number of original Chinese texts, which have been translated for the first time, Métailié gives new insights into a variety of aspects of plant knowledge in ancient China. Chapters are devoted to traditional botany and sources of classification, aquatic plants, fungi, horticultural techniques, fruit production, grafting and the influences of ancient Chinese plant culture on Europe. This volume combines technical expertise in the identification of plants with historical and anthropological sensitivity to propose a new, non-teleological view of scientific knowledge about the botanical world in ancient China.

List of abbreviations
Series editor's preface
Author's note
1. Sources of traditional botany and the various classifications
2. The description and illustration of plants
3. Knowledge of plant life
4. Horticulture and its techniques
5. Plants and botanical exchanges. The Chinese contribution to the rest of the world
6. Conclusion
Bibliographies
Index.