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- DescriptionIn Surinam plant hunter F.W. Hostmann allowed vampire bats to suck his toes; in west Africa William Grant Milne was forced to sell his clothes and travel naked for 200 miles; Thomas Drummond was attacked by a bear in the North American woods; George Forrest narrowly escaped rampaging lamas in western China; and, in Fiji, Berthold Seemann recorded which plants cannibals used as an accompaniment to human flesh. These and other incidents are recorded in this compilation of fascinating first-hand accounts of the experiences of nineteenth and early-twentieth-century collectors in their pursuit of plants from around the world. Extracted from journals and letters, some previously unpublished, the accounts are a mix of adventure, of sometimes grim but always captivating and occasionally humorous images of a lost world, and of stories of the practical problems associated with plant collecting.
- Author(s)Philip Short
- PublisherUWA Publishing
- Date of Publication01/07/2003
- SubjectLife Sciences: Botany
- Place of PublicationCrawley, WA
- Country of PublicationAustralia
- ImprintUniversity of Western Australia Press
- Content Noteillustrations
- Weight368 g
- Width170 mm
- Height230 mm
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