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The Collector

David Douglas and the Natural History of the Northwest
Nisbet, Jack (Book - 2009 )
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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.
Authors: Nisbet, Jack, 1949-
Title: The collector
David Douglas and the natural history of the Northwest
Publisher: Seattle : Sasquatch Books ; [New York, NY] : Distributed by PGW/Perseus, c2009
Characteristics: xiii, 290 p. :,maps ;,23 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Jack Nisbet
ISBN: 9781570616136
1570616132
Branch Call Number: B-D733ni 2009
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 257-263) and index
Subject Headings: Douglas, David, 1799-1834 Botanists Scotland Biography Naturalists Scotland Biography Botany Northwest, Pacific History 19th century Natural history Northwest, Pacific Scientific expeditions Northwest, Pacific History 19th century Northwest, Pacific Description and travel Canada Description and travel
Topical Term: Botanists
Naturalists
Botany
Natural history
Scientific expeditions
LCCN: 2009027956
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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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