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Common to This Country: Botanical Discoveries of Lewis and Clark
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DESCRIPTION Common to This Country transports us back to a time when curiosity about the natural world was all the rage. This book chronicles Lewis' plant collecting expedition on hot, dry plains along the Missouri River, while crossing the Rocky Mountains, and while encamped on the Pacific coast, and elsewhere. Often in Lewis' own words, the text captures the excitement he felt upon making these discoveries. These beautiful and botanically accurate watercolors and plant profiles describe the salient features that Lewis often noted in his journal. The plants are presented in the book in the sequence of when they were found, so the reader experiences the history of the expedition as well. This illustrated botanical guide will appeal to plant enthusiasts and historians alike.
Book News Annotation:
As Lewis and Clark crossed the continent in their search for a water- route to the West Coast of America, Lewis collected plant specimens and commented upon them in his journals. This text contains 25 profiles of individual plants and the botanical descriptions of Lewis. Each of these is accompanied by a watercolor illustration of the plant in question.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This title chronicles Lewis's plant-collecting expedition between 1804 and 1806, along the Missouri River, crossing the Rocky Mountains, on the Pacific coast and elsewhere. The plants are presented in the sequence they were found, in botanically correct watercolours, and include Lewis's own words.
Lewis and Clark's 1804 to 1806 expedition to discover a direct water route to the Pacific Ocean resulted in accomplishments never imagined. Although they never found a water route west, they discovered and described more than 40 American Indian tribes, 122 animals unknown to science, and 178 types of plants. In exquisitely detailed watercolor illustrations and intriguing essays, Common to This Country explores more than two dozen of these plants' place in history and their significance.
The book skillfully chronicles Lewis' obsession with plant collecting, often in his own words, and botanically accurate watercolors display the salient features often noted in Lewis's journal. This beautiful guide will appeal to natural history buffs and gardeners alike.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 126-127).
About the Author
Susan H. Munger is an editor, writer, and master gardener. She owns and operates Oldham Publishing Service and produces The New London Gazette. She lives in southeastern Connecticut.
Verlyn Klinkenborg is the author of The Last Fine Time, Making Hay, and the forthcoming Becoming a Hand: A True Life Among Horses. His articles have appeared in many magazines, including The New Yorker, Harper's, Audubon, Smithsonian, and The New Republic. He teaches creative writing at Harvard University.
Charlotte Staub Thomas is a botanical artist whose work has appeared in numerous shows throughout the United States. She resides in Bradenton, Florida.
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