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Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker : Traveller and Plant Collector - Ray Desmond

Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker

Traveller and Plant Collector

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Published: 1st January 1999
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Sir Joseph Hooker is remembered as an eminent Victorian botanist and one of Charles Darwin's closest collaborators. Many gardeners and lovers of rhododendrons know of his plant collecting expedition in the Himalayas, but few are aware of his participation in Sir James Clark Ross's epic voyage to Antarctica in 1839-43, of his to Syria and Lebanon in 1860, to the Atlas Mountains in Morocco in 1871, and to the Rockies and California in 1877. At some risk to his own safety and health he discovered many new species of plants introduced a number of attractive flowers into British gardens. Hooker was also an amateur artist who obsessively sketched landscape, flora and, occasionally, people and buildings. Ray Desmond has written a fascinating biography of a remarkable man.

'Nothing seems to have been spared in the production of this book - It is a work of art' Country Life

Prefacep. 6
Introductionp. 7
Formative yearsp. 11
Antarctic exploration and the start of Hooker's travelsp. 19
Voyage into Antarcticap. 35
The search for the southern continentp. 67
An interludep. 86
Once more on his travelsp. 96
Arrival at Darjeelingp. 107
A tour of East Nepalp. 120
Exploration of Sikkimp. 141
Assamp. 161
Publications based on his Indian travelsp. 178
An uncertain futurep. 200
Visit to the Middle Eastp. 210
Moroccop. 222
Presidency of the Royal Society and a knighthoodp. 241
A pioneer plant geographerp. 253
An active retirementp. 261
Bibliographyp. 275
Indexp. 279
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ISBN: 9781851493050
ISBN-10: 1851493050
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 250
Published: 1st January 1999
Publisher: ACC Art Books
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 28.8 x 22.6  x 2.9
Weight (kg): 1.6