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The Collector: David Douglas and the Natural History of the Northwest
     

The Collector: David Douglas and the Natural History of the Northwest

by Jack Nisbet
 

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Jack Nisbet first told the story of British explorer David Thompson, who mapped the Columbia River, in his acclaimed book Sources of the River, which set the standard for research and narrative biography for the region. Now Nisbet turns his attention to David Douglas, the premier botanical explorer in the Pacific Northwest and throughout other areas of western North

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Jack Nisbet first told the story of British explorer David Thompson, who mapped the Columbia River, in his acclaimed book Sources of the River, which set the standard for research and narrative biography for the region. Now Nisbet turns his attention to David Douglas, the premier botanical explorer in the Pacific Northwest and throughout other areas of western North America. Douglas's discoveries include hundreds of western plants--most notably the Douglas Fir. The Collector tracks Douglas's fascinating history, from his humble birth in Scotland in 1799 to his botanical training under the famed William Jackson Hooker, and details his adventures in North America discovering exotic new plants for the English and European market. The book takes readers along on Douglas's journeys into a literal brave new world of then-obscure realms from Puget Sound to the Sandwich Islands. In telling Douglas's story, Nisbet evokes a lost world of early exploration, pristine nature, ambition, and cultural and class conflict with surprisingly modern resonances.

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Botanist David Douglas (1799-1834) was born a commoner in a tiny Scottish village, but his exceptional talents as a plant hunter and collector won him early notice in high places. In 1824, he was dispatched by the Royal Horticultural Society to America's Pacific Northwest to find plants for the English and European markets. The society obviously made the right choice: Douglas collected over 200 species during his herculean 10,000-mile walk between the Pacific Coast and Hudson Bay. Jack Nisbet chronicles Douglas's astonishing life and mysterious death in this richly detailed biography.
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"Jack Nisbet’s brisk, thrilling accoun allows us to walk, ride, and paddle along with David Douglas, the tireless nineteenth-century Scotsman whose name is attached to Cascadia’s iconic fir. Nisbet takes us on the ultimate naturalist’s tour of a largely

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781570617256
Publisher:
Sasquatch Books
Publication date:
12/01/2009
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
816,335
File size:
650 KB

Meet the Author

Jack Nisbet is a historian, teacher, and author focusing on the intersection of human history and natural history in the Pacific Northwest. His Sources of the River won the Murray Morgan Prize from the Washington State Historical Society.

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