This beautifully published hardback book of fungi illustrations from Japanese publisher PIE Books is a real shop favourite. This is the newly published English language edition and is a thing of real beauty.
Mushroom Botanical Art contains botanical drawings of over 200 species of mushrooms and fungi by European and Japanese naturalists from the 18th to the 19th century. Toshimitsu Fukiharu, a curator at the Natural History Museum and Institute in Japan, presents these fantastic artworks, labeling every drawing with their scientific names, especially for this edition. Also included is a forward by Eugenia Bone, a well-known nature and food journalist.
The beautiful colour plate paintings of each mushroom found inside will appeal to botanical art fans and mushroom lovers alike and the curated selection of images reveals the different painting styles between European and Japanese biological drawings of the period.