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on 18 December 2010
This is an essential book by one of America's prime writers on flora, fauna,topography botany and culture. Bartram's fights in the latter half of the 18th. century, with a mass of alligators armed only with a club in a small canoe; is almost frighteningly surreal!! If, like me , you are not into Latin names for species,etc. you can just skip them.

An historic account.

Max Haymes
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on 17 September 1998
The Travels of William Bartram, first published in 1791, was the first book to combine the natural sciences, travel and philosophy in a style that was not purely scientific. The Travels has it all-encounters with entrepid Seminoles, battles with alligators, observations on God's design for Nature and new plant discoveries. He influenced a generation of professional travelers, scientists and writers and was a mentor to some of America's greatest pioneer naturalists. The Naturalist's Edition of Bartram's Travels has been the bible for enthusiasts wishing to follow in the footsteps of the gentle Quaker botanist. This edition has been out of print for a number of years and has been increasingly hard to come by until now. Author Francis Harper was a well known biologist employed by the American Philosophical Society to retrace Bartram's travels in the late 1940's. His work is presented in the commentary section of the Naturalist's Edition and an index that catalogues and identifies the plants mentioned in the Travels. Harper's work has been the foundation for much of the modern effort to commemorate William Bartram's trail and lead to a revival of interest in Bartram's work in the 1970's.
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