In pursuit of plants
In pursuit of plants: experiences of nineteenth and early twentieth century plant collectors

By Philip Short


Published in 2004 by University of WA Press, colour plates, hard cover, 351 pages


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ISBN 1876268980 or ISBN 9781876268985

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A 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, 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.


Illustrated with a selection of nineteenth century botanical art and modern photographs, this book will appeal to professional and amateur botanists, gardeners, and anyone interested in natural history and travel.


Table of contents



Editorial notes



AFRICA: J.R.T. Vogel (1841); R.W. Plant (1851-1852); C. Barter (1857-1859); F.M.J. Welwitsch (1860); J.T. Baines (1861); W.G. Milne (1863-1865).


ASIA: J. Arnold (1818); G.W. & A.W. Walker; J.D. Hooker (1847-1848); R. Fortune (c. 1850-1855); J. Motley (1855); F.W. Burbidge (1878); H.O. Forbes (1878-1883); G. Forrest (1905, c. 1931).


AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND: R.W. Lawrence (1833); J. Drummond (1839-1853); W. Colenso (1845); F.W.L. Leichhardt (1844-1845); F.J.H. Mueller (1855-1856); W.E.P. Giles (1872-1874); D. Sullivan (1882); W.B. Spencer (1894); F.J. Gillen (1894); M. Koch (1899-1925); W.A. Mitchell (1903).


EUROPE: P.E. Boissier (1837); J.H. Balfour (1844).


NORTH AMERICA: T. Drummond (1825-1827); D. Douglas (1825-1831); A. Gary (1841); C. Geyer (1843-1844).


CENTRAL AMERICA & SOUTH AMERICA: G.U. Skinner (1837-1841); F.W. Hostmann (1838-1843); T.L. Bridges (1844-1845); R. Spruce (1852-1854).


OCEANS & ISLANDS: J.D. Hooker (1841-1842); W.G. Milne (1855-1856); B.C. Seeman (1860)


Appendices: Plant names, Herbaria, The Wardian Case

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