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Monkey Puzzle Man: Archibald Menzies, Plant Hunter

Biography / Memoir

By: James J McCarthy (Author)

223 pages, B/w & col illus

Whittles Publishing

Paperback | Apr 2008 | #169897 | ISBN-13: 9781904445616
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About this book

Archibald Menzies was one of a legion of intrepid Scots plant collectors in the 18th and 19th centuries who roamed the world, and by a combination of toughness and knowledge, established the foundations of the botany of the British Empire. This is a fascinating tale of how he brought the monkey puzzle to England for the first time and provides an insight to international plant collecting in the 18th century.

"[...] a complete picture of the life of an admirable man with a passion for discovery. And plants."
Scottish Geographical Journal

"[...] not just a good read about a plant hunter but also much else about the difficulties of exploration in the second half of the eighteenth century. [...] McCarthy has succeeded in putting together a splendid account of a remarkable Scot and enriched the pages with plenty of illustrations in black and white, plus six pages in colour. [...] a most professionally written and scholary work [...]  [...] this excellent and much recommended book, [...]"
BRISC Recorder News

"This is an accessible and fascinating biography of a Scottish 'Man on the Make' who used the opportunities awarded to him through the British Empire to satisfy his keen interest in botany and relentless pursuit of knowledge."
International Review of Scottish Studies

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