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Robert Fortune: A Plant Hunter in the Orient

Watt, Alistair

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ISBN 10: 1842466194 / ISBN 13: 9781842466193
Published by Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
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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. Num Pages: 420 pages, 300 colour illustrations. BIC Classification: 1FPC; 1FPJ; BGT; WNP. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 246 x 189. . . 2017. Hardcover. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9781842466193

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Title: Robert Fortune: A Plant Hunter in the Orient

Publisher: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

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Scottish plant collector Robert Fortune became famous among botanists for working and traveling in China and Japan from 1843 to 1861, a time when China forbade Europeans from traveling beyond the confines of a few coastal treaty ports.

This is the first full biography of Fortune, and it uses substantial un-studied materials, detailing his travels, collections, and more, and featuring the first maps ever produced that track his collecting itineraries in China. Alistair Watt, a plant hunter himself, brings Fortune to life, showing us how he traveled in disguise in China, and clearing up some misconceptions about his role as a scout for a possible tea industry in the United States. The result is a rounded portrait of an extraordinary man, his times, and his lasting contribution to horticultural knowledge.

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Alistair Watt has been a semi-professional plant-hunter for more than twenty years, with travels ranging from Chile to New Caledonia and Fiji. He was an honorary research assistant of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne for a number of years and has organised and led plant hunting expeditions.

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