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The Collector

David Douglas and the Natural History of the Northwest

Nisbet, Jack

(Book - 2009)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Collector
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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 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.
Publisher: Seattle : Sasquatch Books ; [New York, NY] : Distributed by PGW/Perseus, c2009
ISBN: 1570616132
9781570616136
Branch Call Number: B-D733ni 2009
Characteristics: xiii, 290 p. :,maps ;,23 cm

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The story of the adventurous and dedicated Scottish botanist who first came to the Pacific Northwest for the Royal Horticultural Society in the 1820s.


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