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Trees and Timber: A Print Resource

Russell Meiggs:
Trees and Timber in the Ancient Mediterranean World
Oxford University Press, 1982:
553pp plus maps and plates English

is an excellent in-depth survey of its topic. Mostly Roman, although a general background proved necessary, and sometimes the author's interests lead him wonderfully astray. The discussion of sources includes a long section (pp19‑29) on Pliny the Elder and the six Books of his Natural History that deal with trees.

NB: This and several dozen other similar OUP titles are now available in special reprints from Powell's Bookstores (USA) or from Sandpiper Books Ltd. (UK).

For a bit more of a bibliography, see John M. McMahon's page on trees.


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