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From the Library: Coquelicots

The Biodiversity Heritage Library Flickr photostream contains several digital image collections, including Flowering Plants, Algae, Ferns, Fungi & Mosses, and BHL Books.

Featured in the BHL Books collection is the atlas from Jean Gourdon and Philibert Naudin’s 1871 work Nouvelle iconographie fourragère: histoire botanique, économique et agricole des plantes fourragères et des plantes nuisibles qui se rencontrent dans les prairies et les paturages : avec planches gravées sur cuivre et coloriées / par J. Gourdon, P. Naudin. This item was digitized in 2009 by The New York Botanical Garden’s Mertz Library.

The atlas includes an illustration of a coquelicot, or corn poppy:

Coquelicot

Also available on the photostream are detailed and thumbnail views of other illustrations in the book.

(Side note: also in the 1870s, in Argenteuil, France, Claude Monet painted his famous Coquelicots (Poppies), which today resides at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris.)

The Biodiversity Heritage Library is a consortium of twelve natural history and botanical libraries that cooperate to digitize and make accessible the legacy literature of biodiversity held in their collections and to make that literature available for open access and responsible use as a part of a global “biodiversity commons.”

The LuEsther T. Mertz Library is a BHL partner.

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