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THE COLLECTOR: DAVID DOUGLAS AND THE NATURAL HISTORY OF THE NORTHWEST
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THE COLLECTOR: DAVID DOUGLAS AND THE NATURAL HISTORY OF THE NORTHWEST

Author: Jack Nisbet
Publisher: PERSEUS / RUNNING PRESS, Jul 2010
Binding: Hardcover
ISBN: 1-57061-613-2

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Douglas was the premier botanical explorer in the Pacific NW & t/out other areas of western North America. His discoveries include 100s of western plants--most notably the Douglas Fir. Follow Douglas's journeys into a literal ?brave new world? of then-obscure realms from Puget Sound to the Sandwich Islands. Evokes a lost world of pristine nature, ambition, & cultural & class conflict with surprisingly modern resonances. 8.5x6 inches, 288 pgs.

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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 & narrative biography for the region. Now Nisbet turns his attention to David Douglas, the premier botanical explorer in the Pacific Northwest & 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, & details his adventures in North America discovering exotic new plants for the English & 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, & cultural & class conflict with surprisingly modern resonances.


 
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