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Planting the world : Joseph Banks and his collectors : an adventurous history of botany

Goodman, Jordan2021
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Here is a history of how botany and global plant collecting - centred at Kew Gardens and driven by Joseph Banks - transformed the earth. Botany was the darling and the powerhouse of the eighteenth century. As European ships ventured across the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific oceans, discovery bloomed. Bounties of new plants were brought back, and their arrival meant much more than improved flowerbeds - it offered a new scientific frontier that would transform Europe's industry, medicine, eating and drinking habits, and even fashion. Joseph Banks was the dynamo for this momentous change. As botanist for James Cook's great voyage to the South Pacific on the Endeavour, Banks collected plants on a vast scale, armed with the vision - as a child of the Enlightenment - that to travel physically was to advance intellectually.
Author:
Imprint:
London : William Collins, 2021.
Collation:
560 pages ; 20 cm
Notes:
Originally published: 2020.Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:
9780007578863 (pbk. :)
Dewey class:
580.9
Language:
English
BRN:
5032098
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