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The Plant Hunters: True Stories of Their Daring Adventures to the Far Corners of the Earth

Popular Science

By: Anita Silvey (Author)

88 pages, colour & b/w photos, colour & b/w illustrations

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Hardback | Apr 2012 | #203068 | ISBN-13: 9780374309084
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NHBS Price: £18.99 $23/€21 approx

About this book

Please note: not to be confused with the book published by Andre Deutsch, by the same name.

Driven by an all-consuming passion, the plant hunters traveled around the world, facing challenges at every turn: tropical illnesses, extreme terrain, and dangerous animals. They battled piranhas, tigers, and vampire bats. Even the plants themselves could be lethal! But these intrepid eighteenth- and nineteenth-century explorers were determined to find and collect new and unusual specimens, no matter what the cost. Then they tried to transport the plants – and themselves – home alive. Creating an important legacy in science, medicine, and agriculture, the plant hunters still inspire the scientific and environmental work of contemporary plant enthusiasts.

Working from primary sources – journals, letters, and notes from the field – Anita Silvey introduces us to these daring adventurers and scientists. She takes readers into the heart of their expeditions to then-uncharted places such as the Amazon basin, China, and India. As she brings a colorful cast of characters to life, she shows what motivated these Indiana Jones-type heroes. In The Plant Hunters, science, history, and adventure have been interwoven to tell a largely forgotten – yet fascinating – story.

For ages 8 and upwards.

Age Level: Junior scientist

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