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Herbs (DK Handbooks) Hardcover – September 15, 1994


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Product Details

  • Series: DK Handbooks
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: DK ADULT; 1 edition (September 15, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564584976
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564584977
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.7 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,356,409 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Gifted English writer and herb-garden designer Bremness (Complete Book of Herbs) here produces a work of some interest, but little use. In an attempt to fit more than 700 herbs from all over the world into one glossy little book, no aspect of plant knowledge is more than merely touched upon. Although the photographs are numerous and crystal-clear, this is not a dependable field guide for plant identification, nor does it tell us what we can do with the herbs, in spite of many references to what they have been used for in various parts of the world. Editorial consultant Holly Shimizu's introduction makes wonderful reading, covering plant anatomy and much else. While the main entries include clear illustrations of what the entire plant looks like-a feature lacking in some other herb books-we don't learn whether the herb in question can be coaxed to grow for us. Beautiful it is, but the book isn't useful enough.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

YA-Seven hundred species of herbs are presented through full-color photographs and artwork. Each section- trees, shrubs, herbaceous perennials, annuals and biennials, vines, and fungi and non-seed bearing plants-is arranged alphabetically. Each entry identifies botanical and common species name and provides a physical description, uses, related forms and varieties, key identifying features, natural habitat, and detailed pictures. This is a handbook for knowledgeable herbalists as well as for beginners. The latter should be cautioned since the notations concerning toxic or poisonous plants and dangerous dosages are buried in the text. An excellent guide when coupled with competent instruction.
Mary T. Gerrity, Queen Anne School Library, Upper Marlboro, MD
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This book is one of the very best field guides to medicinal herbs.
noah@smarterwater.com
The color pictures are clear with all the pertinent details to make an accurate identification.
Leah Foley
This is a great book, very informative but simple and quick to read.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By noah@smarterwater.com on September 9, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book is one of the very best field guides to medicinal herbs. A must have for serious herbalists of all levels. The photos are absolutely spectacular! The one flaw: the book is not easy to use as an identifier unless you are pretty sure of what the plants name is already, because the book is organized by name mainly. But, if you know the name of the plant you are looking for then there is no better book. Email the publisher telling them to reorganize this book so that it is more versatile as a field guide. The planet needs this book. I'm serious, it's that good.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 15, 2003
Format: Flexibound
this book along with "edible wild plants:a north american field guide" by thomas elias and "a field guide to medicinal plants and herbs: of eastern and central north america" by james a. duke will provide all the information necessary for positive identification. cross referencing the various photos and other information leaves no doubt.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence Stone-Nilsen on April 5, 2002
Format: Paperback
I am very interested in medicinal herbs, and I wanted to know more about them. I know from experience that DK and Eyewitness handbooks are wonderful, so I checked this book out from the library, and it was so good that I ended up buying it.
The pictures are very clear, and aren't too small, as with some guide books. The text is detailed enough to tell you how to use the plant, but concise enough not to limit the number of plant species included. If you want to know more about herbs, whether for cooking or medicine, this book is essential!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lydia Sinclair on March 8, 2005
Format: Flexibound
I'm an avid reader oh herbal lore and gardening.This is the most informative book I've yet seen. This book has color photos and detailed descriptions for over 700 herbs. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in herbs.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Leah Foley on January 11, 2007
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This is a wonderfully compact but complete, easy to use reference book. I bought one for my bookshelf and one to carry in the car for roadside identification of herbs. The color pictures are clear with all the pertinent details to make an accurate identification. Well worth the investment!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gary Tittle on July 16, 2002
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Do not hestitate to buy this book. This is a great treatment of more than 700 herbs from around the world. The indexing and helps are excellent and the picture/plates are also the best.
DK Publishing has another superb title with this one and this establishes their guidebooks as A-1 in my book always.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dixie on September 14, 2008
Format: Flexibound
I bought the Smithsonian Handbook of Herbs because of it's exceptional picture helps to identify herbs. I have used the Peterson's Field Guide which has better written information and more herbs, but pictures are small and only in one stage of the herbs cycle. The Smithsonian Handbook for the most part shows the Herb from flowering to the seed stage, leaf formation and the whole plant, flower - fruit - seeds etc. In summary a very good visual help.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christina on May 13, 2009
Format: Flexibound Verified Purchase
I bought this book because I'm interested in herbal medicine. This book is great - it covers ALL kinds of things, not just herbs. While it doesn't go into detail regarding all the medical uses or how to prepare herbs, it's a great field guide to help you distinguish the herbs and plants you want to pick and use. It has full color photos!

This is a great resource if you need to identify plants, but if you're looking for how to use herbs, I suggest The Herbal-Medicine Makers Handbook by James Green.
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