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French Botany in the Enlightenment: The Ill-fated Voyages of La Pérouse and His Rescuers (International Archives of the History of Ideas Archives internationales d'histoire des idées)

R.L. Williams

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ISBN 10: 1402011091 / ISBN 13: 9781402011092
Published by Springer, 2003
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Title: French Botany in the Enlightenment: The ...

Publisher: Springer

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

Edition: 2003.

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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.


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"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)

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