French Botany in the Enlightenment: The Ill-fated Voyages of La Pérouse and his Rescuers by R.L. WilliamsFrench Botany in the Enlightenment: The Ill-fated Voyages of La Pérouse and his Rescuers by R.L. Williams

French Botany in the Enlightenment: The Ill-fated Voyages of La Pérouse and his Rescuers

byR.L. Williams

Paperback | December 5, 2010

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This volume completes a trilogy meant to be a commentary on the botanophilia that captured the literate public in 18th-century France. Enthusiastic public support for any governmental initiative likely to expand botanical knowledge was an expression of immense curiosity about the natural world beyond Europe. It amounted to a quest for universal knowledge that could benefit all mankind: useful knowledge that could improve the human condition in this life.
Title:French Botany in the Enlightenment: The Ill-fated Voyages of La Pérouse and his RescuersFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9.61 × 6.69 × 0.27 inPublished:December 5, 2010Publisher:Springer NetherlandsLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction. Royal Instructions for Scientific Exploration. The French Gardener Overseas. The Voyage of La Pérouse: Part 1: From Brest to Monterey Bay. Part 2: From Monterey to Botany Bay. Adventures and Misadventures: The Bizarre Story of the Dupetit Thouars Brothers. The Voyage of Entrecasteaux: Part 1: Genesis and Preparation. Part 2: From Brest to Tasmania. Part 3: New Calidonia to Ambon. Part 4: Esperance Bay. Part 5: Tasmania Revisited. Part 6: On to New Calidonia. Part 7: Its Woeful End. Internment. From Explorer to Closet Botanist. Epilogue. Bibliography. General Index. Plant Index.

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From the reviews:"William's book is the third in a trilogy devoted to the love of botany in eighteenth-century France . . Of value are his translations of original printed documents connected with the voyage, and his detailed chronological record of events . . The story of La Pérouse's lost expedition and the trials and tribulations of those who went in search of it is inevitably a moving and exciting one, well recounted here." (Emma Spary, British Society for the History of Science, 2005)