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The Story of the Apple Hardcover – Illustrated, August 1, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0881927849 ISBN-10: 0881927848

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated (August 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881927848
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881927849
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,432,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

The Story of the Apple will fascinate gardeners who wish to know more about the origin and natural history of the plants that they grow in their yards or orchards, researchers and students, and anyone with an interest in diet, well-being, and the benevolent effects of plants on the emergence of humankind.

About the Author

David J. Mabberley is the Soest Professor of Horticultural Science and Director of the University of Washington Botanic Gardens, and visiting professor at the University of Leiden. He, too, is interested in the relationships of plants and humans and has published extensively on botanical history and art, tropical ecology, and is the author of The Plant-Book, a Portable Dictionary of the Higher Plants.


Barrie E. Juniper, University of Oxford, is a pioneer in the study of plant surfaces, including the specialized ones of insect-catching carnivorous plants. His research interests also include the interaction between people, their animals, and the evolution of crop plants.

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Bill Juniper on October 16, 2006
Format: Hardcover
A wonderfully written exploration of the story of the apple. The author traces the tale through the botany, history, geology, art, literature, zoology that influenced this important fruit. Extremely readable, and beautifully illustrated with original artwork and photos, the author guides us through thousands of years of history from Adam and Eve through to Johnny Appleseed. Loved the book. Highly recommend.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Morrison on April 6, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book is rich with information, clearly written, beautifully illustrated. It is scholarly but never dull, with wonderful tidbits such as the string of dried apples found in the tomb of a queen of Ur, tales of the Silk Road, and an account of a colorful 18th C. British botanist who was expelled from Cambridge University "for questionable behavior". If you have any interest in trees, cooking, horticulture, or history, you should read this book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Francis Smith on May 6, 2010
Format: Paperback
I'm researching a long term project on apples and this book has an excellent place on my bookshelf. It's well written and full of great information. Do your best to get through the very scientific beginning! They really could have done a better job at wording things for the layman. And when you buy this--the first thing you should do is either create an index of maps, or put tabs on the pages with maps. They are always referring to this or that map and you have NO way of finding them but for some system you create (maybe they took care of this in the paperback?). But these complaints are relatively quibbles--the balance is quite simply wonderful. Apples are an amazing group of plants--in studying them you'll learn about life and its evolution--and this book will be a great help in this journey.
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This is not an easy read. Have a look at the sneak peak provided, I suggest going to page 20. This is what most of the book is like. This may be appropriate for the invested horticultural undergrad or Ph.D. seeker, but for the casual reader it is a strong soporific. There is a lot of information regarding the origins of the apple if you can cope with the depth of the explanation that includes geology and plate tectonics. I am hoping for a revision incorporating findings of new DNA sequencing technologies AND editing by a writer to improve the readability of the prose.
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