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Penguins, Pineapples and Pangolins: First Encounters with the Exotic


By: Claire Cock-Starkey (Author)

192 pages, 60 colour illustrations

British Library

Hardback | Apr 2016 | #231919 | ISBN-13: 9780712356367
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About this book

Can you remember seeing a giraffe for the first time? Tasting a pineapple? Touching a cactus? Probably not, because in these modern times everyone is very knowing – knowledge is at our fingertips and it can sometimes feel as if there is nothing new to discover. The awe and excitement from that moment has been lost because these objects and experiences have become ordinary to us.

But if we travel back in time a few hundred years, before the age of globalisation, people were encountering new foods, animals, plants, peoples and cultures for the first time as overseas trade routes opened up. This new book reflects the wonderment and curiosity of these new experiences. Based on the historical collections of the British Library, it uses extracts from a wide variety of sources to reveal the reactions and thoughts of Europeans as they visited new places, tasted new foods and encountered strange animals, peoples and plants for the first time.

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Claire Cock-Starkey was series editor for all six editions of Schott's Almanac. Her previous books include The Georgian Art of Gambling (2013) and How to Skin a Lion (2014).

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