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Robert Fortune : a plant hunter in the Orient

Author: Alistair Watt; Mabberley, D. J.,
Publisher: Kew, Richmond, Surrey : Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, 2017. ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This is the first full biography of the great Scottish plant collector Robert Fortune, famous for working in China and Japan from 1843 until 1861. This detailed presentation of his life includes an extensive analysis of his travels, plant collections and introductions, including the first maps ever produced of his collecting itineraries in China. Watt reveals that in order for Fortune to travel into the interior of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
History
Biography
Named Person: Robert Fortune; Robert Fortune
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alistair Watt; Mabberley, D. J.,
ISBN: 9781842466193 1842466194
OCLC Number: 992536055
Description: xxi, 410 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps, portraits ; 26 cm
Contents: Foreward by Porfessor David Mabberley --
Acknowledgements --
Maps --
Prologue --
Introduction: In the footsteps of Robert Fortune --
Chapter 1: Awakenings --
Chapter 2: Wanderings in China: the first expedition, 1843-5 --
Chapter 3: Interlude: promotion and praise --
Chapter 4: A journey to the tea countries: the second expedition, 1848-51 --
Chapter 5: A residence among the Chinese: the third expedition, 1853-6 --
Chapter 6: The fourth expedition: collecting for the USA, 1858-9 --
Chapter 7: Yedo and Peking: the fifth expedition, Japan, 1860-1 --
Chapter 8: Yedo and Peking: the fifth expedition continues to Beijing, 1861 --
Chapter 9: Robert Fortune and the Indian tea industry --
Chapter 10: A quiet retirement? --
Chapter 11: Fortune's legacy --
Chapter 12: With Fortune in China --
Appendix 1: Instructions given to Robert Fortune by the Horticultural Society, 1843 --
Appendix 2: Report of the Council of the Horticultural Society, May 1846 --
Appendix 3: List of insect species known to be named for Robert Fortune; List of Mollusc species known to be named for Robert Fortune --
Appendix 4: List of plant species sent to the USA by Robert Fortune, 1858/1859 --
Appendix 5: Plants sent to India by Robert Fortune --
Appendix 6: Plants introduced by Robert Fortune to cultivation in the UK, India and Australia, 1843-1861 --
Appendix 7: Fortune's herbarium specimens --
Notes and citations --
Bibliography --
Index.
Responsibility: Alistair Watt ; foreword by Professor David Mabberley AM.

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"Will undoubtedly be the definitive work about this distinguished plantsman for many years."--Hortus

 
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