J itibaren 27840 Kankaanpää, Finlandiya
This is not an easy read, and you need to be in the higher echelons of geekitude to want to spend that much time on the history of plant nomenclature since the Greeks. I thought it gave a fascinating window into the medieval mindset: for thousands of years, images of quite common plants were copied from previous sources; yet no one would think to walk outside and look at the actual plant and draw it from nature. That's just not how the scholastic worldview was organized. With history books with a narrow subject focus over a long time frame, there's often a lot of really interesting incidental detail. The accounts of student life in Montpellier during the religious wars of the 16th century were particularly good. Also, the color plates are gorgeous.