The Collector : David Douglas and the Natural History of the Northwest (Paperback) - Nisbet, Jack

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David Douglas was the premier botanical explorer in the Pacific Northwest and throughout other areas of western North America in the 19th century. Douglas'' discoveries include hundreds of western plants, most notably the iconic Douglas Fir. "The Collector" tracks Douglas'' fascinating history, from his humble birth in Scotland in 1799 to his botanical training under the famed William Jackson Hooker, and details his adventures in North America discovering "exotic" new plants for the English and European market. In telling Douglas'' story, Nisbet evokes a lost world of early exploration, pristine nature, ambition, and cultural and class conflict with surprisingly modern resonances.

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Publisher Random House Inc
Mfg Part# 9781570616679
SKU 214417245
Format Paperback
ISBN10 1570616671
Release Date 9/1/2010
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Dimensions (in Inches) 8.75H x 5.75L x 0.75T
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Annotation Jack Nisbet relates the captivating story of explorer David Douglas, a Scottish botanist who was the first to extensively explore the pristine wilderness of America's Pacific Northwest. In 1824, the Royal Horticultural Society of England sent Douglas to America's west coast in the hopes of finding new plants which might be useful to the burgeoning European market. As Nisbet reports, Douglas went above and beyond the call of duty, walking more than 10,000 miles from the Pacific Ocean to Hudson Bay and collecting samples of more than 200 plants, including the iconic tree which bears his name, the Douglas Fir.
Editors Note Jack Nisbet first told the story of British explorer David Thompson, who mapped the Columbia River, in his acclaimed book Sources of the River, which set the standard for research and narrative biography for the region. Now Nisbet turns his attention to David Douglas, the premier botanical explorer in the Pacific Northwest and throughout other areas of western North America. Douglas's discoveries include hundreds of western plants--most notably the Douglas Fir. The Collector tracks Douglas's fascinating history, from his humble birth in Scotland in 1799 to his botanical training under the famed William Jackson Hooker, and details his adventures in North America discovering exotic new plants for the English and European market. The book takes readers along on Douglas's journeys into a literal brave new world of then-obscure realms from Puget Sound to the Sandwich Islands. In telling Douglas's story, Nisbet evokes a lost world of early exploration, pristine nature, ambition, and cultural and class conflict with surprisingly modern resonances.
Editors Note 2 The story of David Douglas, the premier botanical explorer in the Pacific Northwest and other areas of western North America. Douglas' discoveries include hundreds of western plants--most notably the Douglas Fir. The Collector tracks Douglas, from his humble birth in Scotland in 1799 to his botanical training under the famed William Jackson Hooker to his adventures in North America discovering "exotic" new plants for the English and European market.
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0290
Publisher Sasquatch Books

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