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    DescriptionOn the great Pacific discovery expeditions of the "long eighteenth century", naturalists for the first time were commonly found aboard ships sailing forth from European ports. Lured by intoxicating opportunities to discover exotic and perhaps lucrative flora and fauna unknown at home, these men set out eagerly to collect and catalogue, study and document an uncharted natural world. This enthralling book is the first to describe the adventures and misadventures, discoveries and dangers of this devoted and sometimes eccentric band of explorer-scholars. Their individual experiences are uniquely their own, but together their stories offer a new perspective on the extraordinary era of Pacific exploration and the achievements of an audacious generation of naturalists. Historian Glyn Williams illuminates the naturalist's lot aboard ship, where danger alternated with boredom and quarrels with the ship's commander were the norm. Nor did the naturalists' difficulties end upon returning home, where gaining recognition for years of work often proved elusive. Peopled with wonderful characters and major figures of Enlightenment science - among them Louis Antoine de Bougainville, Joseph Banks, John Reinhold Forster, Captain Cook and Charles Darwin - this book is a gripping account of a small group of scientific travellers whose voyages of discovery were to change perceptions of the natural world.


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    Title
    Naturalists at Sea
    Subtitle
    Scientific Travellers from Dampier to Darwin
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Glyn Williams
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 336
    Width: 164 mm
    Height: 236 mm
    Thickness: 34 mm
    Weight: 760 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780300180732
    ISBN 10: 030018073X
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCI
    BIC subject category V2: HBTM
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QSP
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/19CNTY
    BIC subject category V2: PDX, RGR
    DC22: 508
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S7.0
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/18CNTY
    Ingram Subject Code: SE
    Libri: I-SE
    B&T General Subject: 710
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 16100
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/17CNTY
    BISAC V2.8: SCI034000
    Abridged Dewey: 508
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037050
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: HIS051000, BIO030000
    LC subject heading: ,
    BIC subject category V2: 1QSP
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    DC23: 509
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: QH11 .W45 2013
    Thema V1.0: PDX, RGR, DNBT, NHTM
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1QSP
    Illustrations note
    36 colour illustrations
    Publisher
    Yale University Press
    Imprint name
    Yale University Press
    Publication date
    22 October 2013
    Publication City/Country
    New Haven
    Author Information
    Glyn Williams is Emeritus Professor of History, University of London. He is the author of more than a dozen books on European voyages of exploration and was historical consultant for the BBC television series, The Ship, on Capt. Cook's first voyage. He lives in Kent.
    Review quote
    "An extraordinary and entertaining catalog of maritime and scientific endeavor."--Michael Fathers, "The Wall Street Journal"--Michael Fathers "The Wall Street Journal "