The Letters of Dominique Chaix, Botanist-Cur E

The Letters of Dominique Chaix, Botanist-Cur E

by Dominique Chaix, Roger Lawrence Williams
     
 

This is the first publication of the 170 letters written by the Abbé Dominique Chaix to Dr. Dominique Villars between 1772 and 1799, when they were collaborating on the publication of the first flora for the old province of Dauphiné. The letters reveal the uncertainties of plant classification in the late 18th century, but, more generally, the… See more details below

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This is the first publication of the 170 letters written by the Abbé Dominique Chaix to Dr. Dominique Villars between 1772 and 1799, when they were collaborating on the publication of the first flora for the old province of Dauphiné. The letters reveal the uncertainties of plant classification in the late 18th century, but, more generally, the penetration of the Enlightenment into a remote, alpine region of France. Both botanists were of recent peasant origin, invading, albeit deferentially, an intellectual field, traditionally the monopoly of their social betters. The letters also document the enthusiasms, anxieties, and perils of rural clerical life during the French Revolution, and give occasional evidence about the deforestation of the mountains.

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The first publication of 170 letters written by the Abb<'e> Dominique Chaiz to Dr. Dominique Villars between 1772 and 1799. The two were collaborating on the publication of the first flora for the old province of Dauphin<'e>. Their letters reveal the uncertainties of plant classification in the later 18th century as well as the penetration of the Enlightenment into a remote region of France, the enthusiasms, anxieties, and perils of rural clerical life during the French Revolution, and (occasionally) evidence about the deforestation of the mountains. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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ISBN-13:
9780792346159
Publisher:
Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
Publication date:
07/31/1997
Series:
International Archives of the History of Ideas / archives internationales d'histoire des Idées Series
Pages:
308

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