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Rainforests: Lifebelt for an Endangered Plant (2009)

Daniel Beltrá

A special gift was made to the Andersen Horticultural Library with the assistance of Tim Kenny, director of education at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. The gift is from photographer Daniel Beltrá, who is the photographer for Rainforests: Lifebelt for an Endangered Planet, written and edited by Paul McMahon. The book is a product of a joint partnership between Sony and HRH Prince of Wales' Rainforests Project. It documents the impact of rainforest deforestation around the world. Daniel Beltrá's photographs are stunning, juxtaposing the beauty of the rainforest and its desolation after destruction. 

Only 500 copies of Rainforests: Lifebelt for an Endangered Planet were printed, given to world leaders at the Copenhagen Climate Change Summit held December 2009. The copy given to the Library is inscribed and signed by Daniel Beltá. Only two copies in the world are held by libraries: the Andersen Horticultural Library has one copy, and the George Eastman House in Rochester, N.Y. has another.

We are unable to show images from this work due to copyright constraints. This book can be viewed by appointment.

Northrup, Braslan, Goodwin 1895 Seed Catalog

Charles Russel

In August 2013, the Andersen Horticultural Library was able to purchase this 1895 Northrup, Braslan, Goodwin seed catalog.  This catalog is unique because the cover features a reproduction of a Charles Russell illustration:  a cowboy on a bucking bronco.  It is very rare and very few are ever available for purchase.  Unfortunately our copy has many strips of old cellophane tape visible on the cover, but it is still a prize.

According to text found inside the catalog it occurred to the company that “it might be pleasing to our customers, if, instead of the pretty but sometimes meaningless pictures ordinarily shown on catalogue covers, these same covers could, without additional expense, be used in a way that would render the illustration interesting and really worthy of preservation.”

For customers who wanted to frame the illustration, prints on fine plate paper without any wording were available for 25 cents, or available as a premium on orders amounting to at least one dollar.