Edition: 2nd printing.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1978. dj. Hardcover - A unique work of sustained and carefully thought-out fantasy by this Italian artist and illustrator, best known for his children's books - "the first full-scale guide to the world of parallel plants - a vast, rarified, extremely peculiar, and wholly imaginary plant kingdom. It is a botany alive with wonders, from the Tirillus silvador of the high Andes (whose habit it is to emit shrill whistles on clear nights in January and February) to the Woodland Tweezers - a plant world hitherto ignored by the entire scientific community, possibly because it is nonexistent. Lionni marshals all the facts, all the fabulous lore and scholarship surrounding parallel plants. He deals forthrightly with the vexing philosophical, linguistic, and ethnological questions that plague parallel botanists -- for example, what is 'organicity'? Can one plant be 'more parallel' than another? . . And, too, he provides his own elegant, detailed, and scientifically accurate drawings." Translated from the Italian by Patrick Creagh. Illustrated throughout, including many full-page drawings. Notes. 182 pp. ISBN: 0-394410556.
Condition: Very near fine in a near fine dustjacket (remainder mark) .