Title: Frank Kingdon-Ward: The Last of the Great ...
Publisher: John Murray, London
Publication Date: 1989
Edition: First Printing of the First UK Edition
A Fine tight copy in a Near Fine unclipped dust jacket with light sunning to front panel. Francis Kingdon-Ward (1885 - 958) was an English botanist, explorer, plant collector and author who 25 books mostly accounts of his expeditions that spanned nearly 50 years. He survived many accidents on his expeditions including being impaled on a bamboo spike, falling off a cliff (stopped by a tree growing from the cliff), lost for two days with no food, tent crushed by a tree in a storm, and he was close to the epicentre of an earthquake (registering 9.6 on the Richter scale) on 15 August 1950 during an expedition in Assam. In addition to his professional activities as a botanist, in the 1930s Kingdon-Ward also served as a spy for the British India Office. Bookseller Inventory # 23911
Synopsis: Frank Kingdon-Ward was the last of a long line of plant collectors and explorers that began in the 18th century with Sir Joseph Banks, architect of the Botanical Gardens at Kew. Kingdon-Ward's excursions to North Burma, China and Tibet uncovered varieties of such plant species as rhododendrons, primula, lilies and poppies - species which now grow prolifically in English gardens. This account of Kingdon-Ward's life explores his various travels and contributions to botany. The author weaves Kingdon-Ward's own descriptions of his journeys into the text to provide a vivid portrait of a dedicated and remarkable man.
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