Robert Fortune

A Plant Hunter in the Orient

Alistair Watt

Robert Fortune

Alistair Watt

Distributed for Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

420 pages | 300 color plates, 100 halftones, 10 maps | 8 x 10 | © 2016
Cloth $70.00 ISBN: 9781842466193 Published October 2017 For sale in Canada, Mexico, and the USA only
Scottish plant collector Robert Fortune became famous among botanists for working and traveling in China and Japan from 1843 to 1861, a time when China forbade Europeans from traveling beyond the confines of a few coastal treaty ports.

This is the first full biography of Fortune, and it uses substantial un-studied materials, detailing his travels, collections, and more, and featuring the first maps ever produced that track his collecting itineraries in China. Alistair Watt, a plant hunter himself, brings Fortune to life, showing us how he traveled in disguise in China, and clearing up some misconceptions about his role as a scout for a possible tea industry in the United States. The result is a rounded portrait of an extraordinary man, his times, and his lasting contribution to horticultural knowledge.
 
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