The World of Carolus Clusius

The World of Carolus Clusius : Natural History in the Making, 1550-1610

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Egmond's study investigates horticultural techniques, fashions in the collection of rare plants, botanical experimentation and methods of scientific evaluation, as well as tracking the exchange of knowledge. Central to this activity is the figure of Carolus Clusius (1526-1609), the first truly scientific botanist.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 159 x 235 x 19.05mm | 567g
  • Pickering & Chatto (Publishers) Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Illustrations, port.
  • 1848930089
  • 9781848930087
  • 2,845,436

Table of contents

Introduction Part I: The Southern Netherlands 1 The Garden of Europe: Botany as a Courtly Fashion in the Southern Netherlands 2 Expert Gardeners: Growing Rare Plants during the late Sixteenth Century Part II: Habsburg Women 3 Women in the Garden: Noble Women and the Passion for Plants 4 Female Experts: Elegance and Rivalry Part III: Italy 5 Growing Expertise: Gardeners, Collectors, Naturalists 6 Nature in the Garden: The Rise of the Expert Naturalist Part IV: France 7 Fieldwork in France: Exploring the Indigenous Flora 8 French Collectors between Port and Court: The Desire for Rarity Part V: Holland 9 Dutch Ports: Curiosity and the Exotic 10 Town and Gown: Leiden and the Convergence of European Cultural Traditions Part VI: Beyond Place 11 Interlocking Networks: London and Amsterdam 12 Spanning the World: Dealing with Exotics Conclusion
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'The notes and references are thorough and this book will be a valuable addition to anyone diverted by the early history of science.' The Biologist 'it is a real triumph of this volume that it provides so much documentation on the commercial dealers and the trade connections through which plants and natural history specimens circulated around Europe.' Journal of the History of Collections 'erudite, elegant and clear' British Journal for the History of Science
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