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Notes of a Botanist on the Amazon and Andes

Notes of a Botanist on the Amazon and Andes
Being Records of Travel on the Amazon and its Tributaries, the Trombetas, Rio Negro, Uaupés, Casiquiari, Pacimoni, Huallaga and Pastasa
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  • Date Published: February 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108070188

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  • Having previously embarked on a collecting expedition to the Pyrenees, backed by Sir William Hooker and George Bentham, the botanist Richard Spruce (1817–93) travelled in 1849 to South America, where he carried out unprecedented exploration among the diverse flora across the northern part of the continent. After his death, Spruce's writings on fifteen fruitful years of discovery were edited as a labour of love by fellow naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace (1823–1913), whom Spruce had met in Santarém. This two-volume work, first published in 1908, includes many of the author's exquisite illustrations. Showing the determination to reach plants in almost inaccessible areas, Spruce collected hundreds of species, many with medicinal properties, notably the quinine-yielding cinchona tree, as well as the datura and coca plants. Volume 1 contains Wallace's biographical introduction and a list of Spruce's published works. Volume 2 includes discussion of the Peruvian and Ecuadorian Andes and the cinchona forests of western Chimborazo.

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    • Date Published: February 2014
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108070188
    • length: 1152 pages
    • dimensions: 218 x 229 x 56 mm
    • weight: 1.45kg
    • contains: 71 b/w illus. 7 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Preface
    Biographical introduction
    List of books and papers
    1. Pará and the equatorial forests
    2. Voyage to Santarem and first residence there
    3. To Obydos and the River Trombetas
    4. Residence at Santarem
    5. Geology and botany of Santarem
    6. From Santarem to the Rio Negro
    7. Residence at Manáos
    8. Voyage up the Rio Negro at Sao Gabriel
    9. Cataracts and mountain-forests of Sao Gabriel
    10. Cataracts and unexplored forests of the Uaupés river
    11. At San Carlos do Rio Negro
    12. In Humboldt's country
    13. To the cataracts of the Orinoco and return to San Carlos
    14. San Carlos to Manáos (Barra). Volume 2:
    15. From Barra do Rio Negro to Tarapoto, Peru
    16. Residence at Tarapoto
    17. Voyage in small canoes from Tarapoto to Canelos on the Bombonasa river
    18. Through the forest on Canelos to Banos
    19. Botanical excursions in the Andes of Ecuador
    20. Ambato and the Cinchona forests of Alausí
    21. The Cinchona forests of western Chimborazo
    22. Spruce's last three years in South America
    23. Letters and articles relating to his Amazonian travels
    24. On ant-agency in plant-structure
    25. On indigenous narcotics and stimulants, with their uses by the Indians
    26. The women-warriors of the Amazon
    27. The engraved rocks of the Rio Negro and Casiquiari
    28. A hidden treasure of the Incas
    Glossary of native names
    Index.

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    Richard Spruce

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    Alfred Russel Wallace

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