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Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation


18(2) Huntia published

24 November 2020

In this issue 1811 and 2020 collide as Clémence Lortet takes a series of botanical walks around Lyons, France, to entertain her house-bound mentor, to whom we can all relate in these pandemic times. Authors Sarah Benharrech and Marc Philippe translate Lortet's "Promenades Botaniques" manuscript and provide biographical information. Jean-Emmanuel Gilibert, viewed nature from the pictures Lortet painted as she walked and described while missing her dear friend and mentor and her son. She found solace and healing in nature as many of us have done this year separated from family, friends and things familiar. As Gilibert had prescribed to Lortet exercising her legs and occupying her mind with her garden and his botany lessons to recover from her depression following the French Terror, we can follow his advice as we persevere through these next few months, appreciating the beauty of winter while looking forward to the coming spring and hopefully an end to this pandemic.

About the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation

The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, a research division of Carnegie Mellon University, specializes in the history of botany and all aspects of plant science and serves the international scientific community through research and documentation. To this end, the Institute acquires and maintains authoritative collections of books, plant images, manuscripts, portraits and data files, and provides publications and other modes of information service. The Institute meets the reference needs of botanists, biologists, historians, conservationists, librarians, bibliographers and the public at large, especially those concerned with any aspect of the North American flora.

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