From roses to radishes, William Shakespeare referenced over 170 plants in his poems and plays. And thanks to Gerit Quealy’s new book, Botanical Shakespeare, you can now read about every single one.
Boasting a forward by Helen Mirren and gorgeous artwork by Sumié Hasegawa-Collins, Botanical Shakespeare serves as an “illustrated compendium of all the flowers, fruits, herbs, trees, seeds, and grasses cited by the world’s greatest playwright.” Each plant’s entry lists every Shakespeare reference and includes a color portrait by Hasegawa-Collins. A dictionary at the end also examines each plant’s characteristics, even exploring some “long-standing Shakespeare botanical mysteries.”
Browse our gallery to view some of the book’s stunning illustrations paired with beautiful (and, sometimes, downright bawdy) lines from Shakespeare.