In Pursuit of Plants
Experiences of Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century Plant Collectors
By (author) Philip Short
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In Pursuit of Plants by Philip Short
Book DescriptionIn Surinam plant hunter F.W. Hostmann allowed vampire bats to suck his toes; in west Africa William Grant Milne was forced to sell his clothes and travel naked for 200 miles; Thomas Drummond was attacked by a bear in the North American woods; George Forrest narrowly escaped rampaging lamas in western China; and, in Fiji, Berthold Seemann recorded which plants cannibals used as an accompaniment to human flesh. These and other incidents are recorded in this compilation of fascinating first-hand accounts of the experiences of nineteenth and early-twentieth-century collectors in their pursuit of plants from around the world. Extracted from journals and letters, some previously unpublished, the accounts are a mix of adventure, of sometimes grim but always captivating and occasionally humorous images of a lost world, and of stories of the practical problems associated with plant collecting.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781876268985
(230mm x 170mm x mm)
Imprint: University of Western Australia Press
Publisher: UWA Publishing
Publish Date: 1-Jul-2003
Country of Publication: Australia
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