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The Yew Tree (A Thousand Whispers)

Hartzell, Hal Jr.

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ISBN 10: 0938493132 / ISBN 13: 9780938493136
Published by Hulogosi, Eugene, Oregon, 1991
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1st. edition, fine in black cloth boards with gilt lettering on spine. Usual, but minimal library markings, binding tight and firm, pages clean and bright throughout. Illustrations and photographs throughout. Very fine dust jacket with photograph of a Yew tree wrapped around front and back. Jacket protected by a mylar cover taped to fixed endpapers. This is the authoritative account of an environmental dilemma. The biography of the Yew species, Primeval tree, sacred to Celts, paramount in military archery, symbol of immortality, inspiration to poets. Now the native species faces destruction because its bark contains the potent anti-cancer drug, Taxol. Bookseller Inventory # 000596

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Title: The Yew Tree (A Thousand Whispers)

Publisher: Hulogosi, Eugene, Oregon

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Fine

Edition: First Edition

Book Type: Ex-Library

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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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