Travel Sketches from Liberia: Johann B?ttikofer's 19th Century Rainforest Explorations in West Africa

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In the 1880s a Swiss-born biologist, Johann Büttikofer, while working for the Royal Museum of Natural History in Leiden, The Netherlands, carried out two extended expeditions to Liberia, West Africa. In 1890 he published the results of his work in German in two-volumes, entitled Reisebilder aus Liberia (Travel Sketches from Liberia).
Büttikofer worked extensively in the forested regions of coastal Liberia and made the acquaintance of many prominent Liberians and other ...

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Overview

In the 1880s a Swiss-born biologist, Johann Büttikofer, while working for the Royal Museum of Natural History in Leiden, The Netherlands, carried out two extended expeditions to Liberia, West Africa. In 1890 he published the results of his work in German in two-volumes, entitled Reisebilder aus Liberia (Travel Sketches from Liberia).
Büttikofer worked extensively in the forested regions of coastal Liberia and made the acquaintance of many prominent Liberians and other personalities of that era. His zoological work there is actually exceeded by his detailed descriptions of the state of Liberia some 50 years following its colonization by freed American slaves and their descendents. It constitutes the first comprehensive monograph on the Republic of Liberia.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004233478
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/15/2012
  • Series: Sources for African History , #5
  • Pages: 870
  • Sales rank: 1,194,918
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Henk Dop, M.Sc. (1982), is a biologist trained at the Free University of Amsterdam. He has been engaged in Africa-related studies and activities for the past three decades. He worked with the Forestry Development Authority in Liberia in 1986-87 and has since then remained active in conservation work in that country.

Phillip T. Robinson, M.S., D.V.M. (1972), Michigan State University, is a veterinary surgeon and wildlife biologist who has been engaged in wildlife conservation work in Liberia since 1968. He has conducted field studies in Liberia under the sponsorship of the World Wildlife Fund, National Geographic Society and World Bank, and he is on the research faculty at the University of Toledo (Ohio).

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