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The Yew Tree: A Thousand Whispers Biography of a Species

Hartzell, Hal

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ISBN 10: 0938493132 / ISBN 13: 9780938493136
Published by Hulogosi, Eugene OR, 1991
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Blck hardback with gold print on spine. Price and date in pencil on ffep. Signed by author with personalized inscription, on ffep. Pages tight; clean/unmarked. 319 pages. Only print info is copyright 1991. DJ has numerous small chips or tears along edges. Minor scuffing/scratching/shelf wear to DJ. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" Tall. Bookseller Inventory # 1402040

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Title: The Yew Tree: A Thousand Whispers Biography ...

Publisher: Hulogosi, Eugene OR

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author

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Book by Hartzell Jr, Hal

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The story of the yew tree is hundreds if not thousands of years old. Who doesn't recall Robin Hood and his "bow of yew"? In several fascinating chapters, Hartzell traces the tree's history and mythology and then describes the ancient yew trees that survive in English churchyards, probably because the churches were built on pagan sites sacred to the yew tree. He also discusses the dilemma concerning the yew tree of the Pacific Northwest. Once used by Native Americans to make tools and artifacts and as a medical cure-all, it now faces extinction because its bark contains a powerful anti-cancer drug, taxol. The story of environmentalists versus industry is disturbing, but common; what is fascinating about this book is the history of the tree itself. Highly recommended as an addition to natural history or environmental collections. A video on the taxol controversy, The Yew-Tree & Cancer: A Modern Dilemma , is available from the publisher for $24.95.--Ed.
- Eleanor Maass, Maass Assocs., New Milford, Pa.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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