PLANTING THE WORLD


PLANTING THE WORLD

JORDAN GOODMAN    Book Number: 91098    Product format: Hardback

Sub-titled 'Joseph Banks and His Collectors: An Adventurous History of Botany', here is a bold new history on how botany and global plant collecting transformed the world. Botany was the darling and the powerhouse of the 18th century as European ships ventured across the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific oceans and discovery bloomed. Bounties of new plants were brought back offering a new scientific frontier that would transform Europe's industry, medicine, eating and drinking habits, fashion and of course improved flower beds. Joseph Banks was the dynamo for this momentous change. As botanist for Captain Cook's great voyage to the South Pacific on the Endeavour, Banks collected plants on a vast scale and believed that to travel physically was to advance intellectually. His thinking was as intrepid as Cook's seafaring - he commissioned radically influential and physically daring expeditions such as those of Francis Masson to the Cape Colony, George Staunton to China, George Caley to Australia, William Bligh to Tahiti and Jamaica among others. As well as taking us back to the early years of Kew Gardens which Banks developed devotedly across the course of his life, transforming it into the world's largest and most diverse botanical gardens, this book is a rip-roaring global expedition based on original sources in many languages. We meet one of the great figures of the Enlightenment through the lives of the intrepid botanist, gardeners and nurserymen whose explorations and adventures made it all possible. 520pp, many colour plates and maps, chapters include Floating Gardens and the Cotton Club, An Embassy, A Freetown and a Plant Exchange and Botanical Diplomacy and the Tropics.
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ISBN 9780007578832
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Brilliant!
from Anonymous on 10/05/2022
Brilliant!