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Mabey, Richard 1941-

Works: 186 works in 655 publications in 9 languages and 13,816 library holdings
Genres: History  Juvenile works  Biography  Pictorial works  Illustrated works  Records and correspondence  Field guides  Guidebooks  Folklore  Bibliography 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Other, wst, Collector, wpr, Publisher
Classifications: QH138.S4, 632.5
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works about Richard Mabey
Most widely held works by Richard Mabey
The cabaret of plants : forty thousand years of plant life and the human imagination by Richard Mabey( Book )

22 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in English and Italian and held by 1,057 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A sweeping work of botanical history, The Cabaret of Plants explores plant species that for millennia have challenged our imaginations, awoken our wonder, and upturned our ideas about history, science, beauty, and belief. Going back to the beginnings of human history, Mabey shows how flowers, trees, and plants have been central to human experience not just as sources of food and medicine but as objects of worship, actors in creation myths, and symbols of war and peace, life and death. Mabey takes readers from the Himalayas to Madagascar to the Amazon to our own backyards. He ranges through the work of writers, artists, and scientists and across nearly forty thousand years of human history: Ice Age images of plant life in ancient cave art and the earliest representations of the Garden of Eden; Newton's apple and gravity, Priestley's sprig of mint and photosynthesis, and Wordsworth's daffodils; the history of cultivated plants such as maize, ginseng, and cotton; and the ways the sturdy oak became the symbol of British nationhood and the giant sequoia came to epitomize the spirit of America. Complemented by dozens of full-color illustrations, this is the magnum opus of a great naturalist and an extraordinary exploration of the deeply intertwined history of humans and the natural world"--Adapted from book jacket
Weeds : in defense of nature's most unloved plants by Richard Mabey( Book )

6 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 946 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Weaving together natural history, botanical science and insight from his own travels, a nature writer reveals the many hidden truths behind these scourges of lawns and gardens, and explores how weeds have been portrayed from the Bible all the way to "Invasion of the Body Snatchers."
Oak & company by Richard Mabey( Book )

11 editions published between 1982 and 1989 in English and French and held by 712 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Follows an oak tree and its company of plants and animals from its beginning as an acorn to its death 282 years later
Food for free by Richard Mabey( Book )

57 editions published between 1900 and 2016 in 7 languages and held by 658 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Includes a chapter on shellfish
The New age herbalist : how to use herbs for healing, nutrition, body care, and relaxation by Richard Mabey( Book )

12 editions published between 1988 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 528 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Identifies hundreds of herbs, explains their main uses, and tells how to cultivate a herb garden
Flora Britannica by Richard Mabey( Book )

27 editions published between 1996 and 1998 in English and Undetermined and held by 525 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Flora Britannica is one of the most important books about Britain's plants to be published this century." "It covers the native and naturalised plants of England, Scotland and Wales, and, while full of fascinating history, is topical and modern. Indeed, Flora Britannica is the definitive contemporary flora, an encyclopaedia of living folklore, a register - a sort of Domesday Book - for the end of the twentieth century." "Flora Britannica is unique in that it is not a botanical flora but a cultural one - an account of the role of wild plants in social life, arts, custom and landscape. It is also unique in that information has been supplied by the people themselves. Five years of intensive original research have aroused popular interest and 'grassroots' involvement on an exceptional scale. People all over Britain - both rural and urban - have been encouraged to record and celebrate the cultural dimensions of their own flora, and to send their memories and anecdotes, observations and regional knowledge to Flora Britannica." "The result is a nationwide record of the popular culture, domestic uses and social meanings of our wild plants."--BOOK JACKET
The Frampton flora by Richard Mabey( Book )

16 editions published between 1985 and 2007 in English and German and held by 454 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Oxford book of nature writing( Book )

10 editions published between 1995 and 1997 in English and held by 447 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Man's fascination with the natural world is at least as old as Stone Age cave painting, and this book demonstrates the equal vividness with which writers have recorded their observations of the world around them since ancient times. In a wonderful overview of the subject, Richard Mabey charts the development of nature writing from the fabulous imaginings of the medieval bestiaries to the scientific preciseness and philosophical concerns of today's naturalists." "Gilbert White is only the best known of an honourable tribe of amateur naturalists whose voices are recorded here, in letters and journals and accounts of expeditions to far-flung regions. Here too are essays and diary entries by poets and novelists as diverse as Coleridge and Orwell, and the scientists, from Linnaeus to Lewis Thomas expressing their growing concern for the environment."--Jacket
Gilbert White : a biography of the author of The natural history of Selborne by Richard Mabey( Book )

19 editions published between 1986 and 2015 in English and held by 422 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When the pioneering naturalist Gilbert White (1720-93) wrote The Natural History of Selborne (1789), he created one of the greatest and most influential natural history works of all time, his detailed observations about birds and animals providing the cornerstones of modern ecology. In this award-winning biography, Richard Mabey tells the wonderful story of the clergyman - England's first ecologist - whose inspirational naturalist's handbook has become an English classic
Bugs Britannica by Peter Marren( Book )

3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 377 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A comprehensive look at invertebrates that proves it's the little things that count, this essential and accessible work on bugs is not a biological guide but a richly illustrated cultural one, seen through the eyes of writers, musicians, artists, and naturalists--from the great Tudor naturalist Thomas Muffet, father of Little Miss Muffet, to Irvine Welsh's talking tapeworm in "Filth"--As well as contributions by ordinary men and women who are fascinated by creepy crawlies of all kinds
Birds Britannica by Mark Cocker( Book )

4 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 339 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Birds Britannica is a publication of immense importance. Neither an identification guide nor a behavioural study (although both these subjects enter its field), it concentrates on our social history and on the cultural links between humans and birds." "What makes Birds Britannica of special significance is the inclusion of observations and experiences from more than 1,000 naturalists and bird lovers. These contributions from the public touch on avian ecology; the lore and language of birds; their myths, the art and literature they have inspired; birds as food; and the crucial role they play in our sense of place and the changing seasons." "Birds Britannica has taken eight years to research and write, and has been assembled by a team which includes some of the finest writers and imagemakers of British wildlife. On one level, it is a collection of humorous stories, field observations and tales of joy, wonder and occasional woe; on another, it is a nationwide chronicle."--Jacket
A brush with nature : 25 years of personal reflections on the natural world by Richard Mabey( Book )

13 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and held by 305 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Richard Mabey is Britain's foremost nature writer. He has written a regular column for BBC Wildlife Magazine for over 25 years and, in doing so, has created a passionate, lyrical and deeply personal record of the natural world. A Brush with Nature is an absorbing anthology of Richard's best writing, a collection that stands out not just because of the quality of his work, but also because of its unparalleled scope - from observational reflections on nature, to questions about its relationship with language, art and life
The natural history of Selborne by Gilbert White( Book )

18 editions published between 1977 and 1997 in English and held by 303 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book is a compilation of 44 letters from White to zoologist Thomas Pennant, and 66 letters to Daines Barrington, a member of the Royal Society along with White. The original edition also included 26 letters on the antiquities, but it is his Natural History that has become an indispensable part of the Western Canon. White used these letters to document his meticulous observations of birds, plants and animals in the countryside around his home, at Selborne in Hampshire. He is often considered England’s first ecologist. This work is a classic not only for its value as an Enlightenment study of landscape and nature, but even more so for it being a great piece of literature, written in a style that is timeless, providing an atmosphere that is unmatched in its ability to pull the reader into the tranquil world around White’s home in the 18th century English countryside"--Books and Vines
The gardener's labyrinth by Thomas Hill( Book )

10 editions published between 1987 and 1988 in English and German and held by 300 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A sixteenth century British gardening book shares practical advice on growing vegetables and flowers, preparing a garden, and storing the harvest
Turned out nice again : on living with the weather by Richard Mabey( Book )

5 editions published between 2013 and 2019 in English and held by 288 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An exploration of our preoccupation with the weather, as heard on BBC Radio 3: Changing Climates. In his trademark style, the author weaves together science, art and memoirs to show the weather's impact on our culture and national psyche. He rambles through the myths of Golden Summers and our persistent state of denial about the winter
Weeds : how vagabond plants gatecrashed civilisation and changed the way we think about nature by Richard Mabey( Book )

14 editions published between 2010 and 2015 in English and Chinese and held by 280 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Weeds survive, entombed in the soil, for centuries. They are as persistent and pervasive as myths. They ride out ice ages, agricultural revolutions, global wars. They mark the tracks of human movements across continents as indelibly as languages. Yet to humans they are the scourge of our gardens, saboteurs of our best-laid plans. They rob crops of nourishment, ruin the exquisite visions of garden designers, and make unpleasant and impenetrable hiding places for urban ne'er-do-wells. Weeds can be destructive and troubling, but they can also be beautiful, and they are the prototypes of most of th
Class: a symposium by Richard Mabey( Book )

14 editions published between 1966 and 1967 in English and held by 271 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The flowers of Kew : 350 years of flower paintings from the Royal Botanic Gardens by Richard Mabey( Book )

2 editions published between 1988 and 1989 in English and held by 237 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Plantcraft : a guide to the everyday use of wild plants by Richard Mabey( Book )

4 editions published between 1977 and 1979 in English and held by 230 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The perfumier and the stinkhorn by Richard Mabey( )

9 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and Italian and held by 224 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In these elegant, short essays, revered nature writer Richard Mabey attempts to marry a romantic's view of the natural world with that of the meticulous observations of the scientist. By Romanticism he refers to the view that nature isn't a machine to be dissected, but a community of which we, the observers, are inextricably part
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Weeds : in defense of nature's most unloved plants
Food for freeThe New age herbalist : how to use herbs for healing, nutrition, body care, and relaxationFlora BritannicaThe Frampton floraThe Oxford book of nature writingGilbert White : a biography of the author of The natural history of SelborneBugs BritannicaBirds Britannica
Alternative Names
Mabey, Richard Thomas, 1941-

Richard Mabey Natural history author and broadcaster

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