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Flora Graeca 2000: Improving access to Oxford's finest botanical treasure - Demonstration Project
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 Institution



University of Oxford
 Department Department of Plants Sciences
 Title of collection Flora Graeca 2000: Improving access to Oxford's finest botanical treasure - Demonstration Project
 Funded by: Oxford Digital Library Development Fund
 Length of
 collection/project

May 2002 - May 2003
 Summary

Sibthorp and Smith's Flora Graeca, illustrated by Ferdinand Bauer and often described as 'Oxford's finest botanical treasure', is considered the most splendid and expensive Flora ever produced. The collections include not only the printed volumes but also the original hand-coloured drawings from which the printed engravings were made, the original botanical specimens they illustrate, unpublished drawings of the Fauna Graeca and a unique series of topographcial Mediterranean Scenes, also never published. Accompanying these are diaries and notebooks from the two expeditions to the Levant in which Sibthorp set out to discover the wild plants described by Dioscorides in c.AD 60- and in doing so laid the foundations for modern botanical exploration.
The project hopes to produce sample images, supporting the immediate needs of the Flora Hellenica. Establishing best practice for digitisation methods - from original or photographic transparency, and creating stable Digital Object Identifiers.

Collection
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Botantical treasure
Hand-coloured drawings

c.AD 60
Oxford
English

Contact Details Roger Mills
roger.mills@plantlib.ox.ac.uk
Librarian and Information Service Manager
Plant Science Library and Oxford Forest Information Service

South Parks Road
Oxford
OX1 2RB
URL Now available for Oxford University users on the RLG Cultural Materials site, at http://www.bodley.ox.ac.uk/oxlip/rlgculture.htm and via the odl collections site
Record updated 15/11/2006
 

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