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In pursuit of plants : experiences of nineteenth & early twentieth century plant collectors
Short, P. S. (Philip S.)
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Portland, Or. : Timber Press, [2003]

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xvi, 351 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), portraits ; 25 cm
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These accounts are a mix of adventure, images from a lost world, and stories of the practical problems of plant collecting.

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Philip Short is currently a plant taxonomist at the Northern Territory Herbarium

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Directing his efforts to a period from the nineteenth to the early twentieth century, Short delves into the vast resources of herbarium and library archives containing correspondence and journals written by plant collectors. In a straightforward format, he separates the material according to the continent under exploration. Individual vignettes introduce each collector, followed by an extract of his writings, accounts that offer revelatory glimpses of another time as defined by Western perceptions of exotic lands and societies. Hand in hand, they recount a passion for exploration, as the renowned naturalists and amateur botanists forge ahead despite illness and unimaginable hardships. While the intrepid collectors encounter pristine scenery and rare flora as they document newly discovered specimens by pressing or sketching, they gain life-affirming experience. Yet, often devastating tropical diseases, murderous uprisings, or death beset them. To the betterment of readers, Short's research honors these stalwart collectors and celebrates the legacy of uncommon plants. --Alice Joyce Copyright 2004 Booklist

Table of Contents

Introductionp. vii
Editorial Notesp. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Africap. 1
J. R. T. Vogel (1841)p. 3
R. W. Plant (1851-1852)p. 9
C. Barter (1857-1859)p. 19
F. M. J. Welwitsch (1860)p. 27
J. T. Baines (1861)p. 31
W. G. Milne (1863-1865)p. 37
Asiap. 45
J. Arnold (1818)p. 47
G. W. & A. W. Walker (1833)p. 51
J. D. Hooker (1847-1848)p. 57
R. Fortune (c. 1850-1855)p. 70
J. Motley (1855)p. 77
F. W. Burbidge (1878)p. 90
H. O. Forbes (1878-1883)p. 100
G. Forrest (1905, c. 1931)p. 107
Australia & New Zealandp. 117
R. W. Lawrence (1833)p. 119
J. Drummond (1839-1853)p. 124
W. Colenso (1845)p. 137
F. W. L. Leichhardt (1844-1845)p. 150
F. J. H. Mueller (1855-1856)p. 161
W. E. P. Giles (1872-1874)p. 167
D. Sullivan (1882)p. 181
W. B. Spencer (1894)p. 184
F. J. Gillen (1894)p. 190
M. Koch (1899-1925)p. 192
W. A. Michell (1903)p. 196
Europep. 197
P. E. Boissier (1837)p. 199
J. H. Balfour (1844)p. 206
North Americap. 215
T. Drummond (1825-1827)p. 217
D. Douglas (1825-1831)p. 229
A. Gray (1841)p. 238
C. Geyer (1843-1844)p. 248
Central America & South Americap. 261
G. U. Skinner (1837-1841)p. 263
F. W. Hostmann (1838-1843)p. 269
T. L. Bridges (1844-1845)p. 279
R. Spruce (1852-1854)p. 285
Oceans & Islandsp. 295
J. D. Hooker (1841-1842)p. 297
W. G. Milne (1855-1856)p. 305
B. C. Seemann (1860)p. 312
Appendicesp. 321
Plant namesp. 323
Herbariap. 326
The Wardian Casep. 329
References & Notesp. 335
Indexp. 345