223 pages, B/w & col illus
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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