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Robert Pocock: The Gravesend Historian, Naturalist, Antiquarian, Botanist and Printer

Biography / MemoirComing Soon

Series: Cambridge Library Collection - Botany and Horticulture

By: George Matthews Arnold(Author)

290 pages, 4 b/w illustrations

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Aug 2017 | #220945 | ISBN-13: 9781108079792
Available for pre-order: Due Aug 2017 Details
NHBS Price: £19.99 $26/€22 approx

About this book

A reprint of a classical work in the Cambridge Library Collection.

Without this engaging biography, published in 1883 by George M. Arnold, it is unlikely that the activities of Robert Pocock (1760-1830), naturalist, printer and antiquarian, would be remembered. Pocock was born in Gravesend, Kent, and at the age of sixteen inherited his parents' shop, which quickly became the place to which unusual fish, plants, and any antiquarian finds, could be taken for discussion and display. In 1786 Pocock set up a printing press, and began publishing small reading books for young children, seeing the possibility of replacing the traditional hornbook with real books. He also developed a circulating library, and traded in 'natural and other curiosities, collected from different parts of the world'. He wrote a history and chronology of Gravesend, and studied the local environment, botany being an especial interest. Arnold sees Pocock's life as a paradigm of that of many other self-taught naturalists and antiquarians around Britain.



1. Youth and manhood
2. Comet of 1811
3. Journal of 1812
4. 'Hortus siccus, or dry garden'
5. Journal of 1822
6. Journal of 1823
7. Journal of 1823 (cont.)
8. Shadows cast before
9. 'History of Dartford and Wilmington'
10. Death


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