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Botanical riches : stories of botanical exploration

Author: Richard Aitken
Publisher: Aldershot, Hampshire ; Burlington, VT : Lund Humphries, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Engraved, lithographed and hand-coloured illustrations from the renowned and extensive collection of the State Library of Victoria accompany this history of the discovery of plants and the establishment of gardens.
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Aitken, Richard.
Botanical riches.
Aldershot, Hampshire ; Burlington, VT : Lund Humphries, 2007
(OCoLC)623267540
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Aitken
ISBN: 0853319553 9780853319559 9781848220102 1848220103
OCLC Number: 72150089
Description: xi, 243 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 33 cm
Contents: Acknowledgements --
Introduction --
pt. 1. Plants of the ancient and classical worlds : from the dawn of time to the 1450s --
1. Timeless traditions --
2. The Fertile Crescent --
3. Ancient Egypt --
4. Ancient India --
5. Mesoamerican and Andean civilisations --
6. Mediterranean civilisations --
7. The Silk Road to Cathay and beyond --
8. The rise of Islam --
9. The Renaissance --
pt. 2. The great age of maritime exploration : from the 1450s to the 1750s --
10. Empire building in the Golden Age --
11. The New World --
12. Imperial tales of the Near East --
13. Exploring the Far East --
14. European colonisation of the Americas --
15. The Cape unveiled --
16. Taking stock --
pt. 3. Scientific imperialism and exotic botany : from the 1750s to the 1900s --
17. The reach of empire --
18. New Holland and the South Pacific --
19. Erica-mania --
20. Anglo-India and the Dutch East Indies --
21. North America's western frontier --
22. Central and South America --
23. Piercing the Oriental armour --
24. Commerce and the insatiable taste for novelty --
pt. 4. Living fossils : The 1900s and beyond --
25. Wollemi dreaming --
Notes on sources --
Select bibliography --
List of illustrations --
Index.
Responsibility: Richard Aitken.
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