Cloth $27.00 ISBN: 9781789141429 Published December 2019 For sale in North and South America only
An e-book edition will be published.

Mulberry

Peter Coles

Mulberry

Peter Coles

Distributed for Reaktion Books

264 pages | 95 color plates, 5 halftones | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Cloth $27.00 ISBN: 9781789141429 Published December 2019 For sale in North and South America only
E-book $27.00 ISBN: 9781789141740 Published October 2019
Since antiquity, few trees have had a greater impact on the world’s cultures and economies than the mulberry. The sole food of the silkworm, the leaves of the mulberry brought prosperity not only to ancient China, but to all nations that learned the art of silk production. Mulberry bark was used to make the first paper, and the succulent, blood-red fruit of the black mulberry has inspired poets from Ovid to Shakespeare. The medicinal properties of all parts of the tree have been known for millennia, making it a tree of choice for medieval monastery gardens, while its anti-diabetic effects are opening exciting avenues of research today.

This sumptuously illustrated book tells the remarkable story of the mulberry tree and its migrations from China and Central Asia to almost every continent of the globe. It will appeal to all who wish to know more of the rich—and often juicy—history of this emblematic tree.
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Adrian Barnett | New Scientist
"Mulberry, a book celebrating the marvelous tree, goes beyond its ancient links to silk production to explore its role in everything from the oldest banknotes to modern drugs. . . . In the right hands, book series can be very satisfying. Reaktion Books has developed several over recent years. One of these is a delightful series called Botanical that aims to integrate the social, biological and historical contexts of a plant, tree or flower."
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