As Heard on The Daily Gardener Podcast:
A few words to describe this book: gorgeous. indispensable.
Pavord traces the history of plant taxonomy from the ancient Greeks to 17th-century British botanist John Ray.
I'm down with anything by Pavord - and you can get used copies of this excellent book on Amazon through the link around $3. That's downright criminal.
SI HORTUM IN HORTORUM PODCASTUM IN BIBLIOTEHCA HABES, NIHIL DEERIT.