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Sponsor a book from our collection to support an extraordinary body of botanical knowledge.

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Kew’s Library, Art and Archives is one of the most extensive botanical libraries in the world, spanning 2,000 years of plant knowledge and discovery.

With information on the naming, classification and uses of plants, plant ecology, conservation, and the wild plants of the world, it's a treasure trove of plant stories.

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Sponsor a book from our collection for a unique way to support this extraordinary body of botanical knowledge.

Plus, the proceeds will help towards preserving all of Kew’s remarkable treasures for the future.

How to sponsor

To sponsor a book, we ask for a donation of £250.

Your personal dedication will be added to our online commemorative register, and you will be able to view the book and bookplate in the Kew Library.

For more information, email commemorative@kew.org or call 020 8332 3645.

  • Illustrated generic names of fungi book in Kew library

    Illustrated generic names of fungi: etymology, descriptions, classifications and references

    M. Ulloa & E. Aguirre-Acosta. American Phytopathological Society, 2019

    This superbly illustrated reference book for mycologists features descriptions of 1,700 genera accompanied by over a thousand original watercolours. Its combination of scientific and artistic content makes it a unique publication in its field.

  • The Aloes of Arabia book

    The aloes of Arabia

    T. McCoy, McCoy Publishing, 2019

    The result of 30 years of fieldwork, this offers the first comprehensive coverage of aloes in the Arabian Peninsula, including the island of Socotra. It includes beautifully detailed studies of 50 species, with maps and full-page colour photographs of the plants amidst sweeping desert scenery.

  • The Orchid Flora of Taiwan book

    The Orchid flora of Taiwan: A collection of line drawings

    Tsan-Piao Lin. National Taiwan University Press, 2019

    This reference work comprises over 400 detailed botanical illustrations and over 1,000 pages of scholarly text. The line drawings represent nearly 50 years’ research by the author into the orchid flora of his home country.

  • Book in Kew's library

    Flora of the Codex Cruz-Badianus

    Arthur O. Tucker, Jules Janick. Springer, 2020

    A detailed examination of the manuscript of 1552 now known as the Codex Cruz-Badianus, or the Aztec Herbal. The original Codex was written in the Nahuatl language in Mexico in 1552 by Martin de La Cruz, and translated into Latin by Juan Badiano. This book reproduces the 185 colour plant illustrations from the manuscript, with identification of the plants and translation of the text describing their medicinal uses by the Aztecs. Modern colour photographs of the plants are included.

  • Book in Kew's library

    Phytochemistry of Australia’s tropical rainforest : medicinal potential of ancient plants

    Cheryll J. Williams. CABI, 2021

    Rainforest plants in Australia have been utilised for food and medicine throughout the human occupation of the continent. This scholarly work, with copious colour photographs, looks at the medicinal potential of hundreds of species, many of them now rare and endangered. The work also includes toxicology of important poisonous plants. The result is a comprehensive reference work of interest to specialists and the general reader.

  • Book in Kew's library

    The Book of Citrus Fruits: The complete plates, 1708-1714

    J.C. Volkamer, ed. I. Lauterbach. Taschen, 2020

    A magnificent outsize facsimile reprint in full colour of Volkamer’s work on citrus fruits, originally published in Nuremberg, 1708 to 1714. 256 plates show 170 varieties of citrus fruits, and of equal interest, the beautiful landscapes depicted where the fruits grow.

  • Book in Kew's library

    Lithops in habitat and cultivation

    Roy A. Earle, Janice E. Round. Artwork by Janet Snyman. Privately published, 2021

    A beautifully-produced book which covers all aspects of these unique succulents, known as 'flowering stones' in their native South Africa. An account of 40 accepted species forms the core of the book, covering taxonomy, habitat and conservation, enhanced by numerous colour photographs and maps. A special feature of the book is the outstanding artwork by Janet Snyman, illustrating each of the species.

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