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The Travels of William Bartram

By William Bartram, 1739-1823

For years, serious naturalists have treasured their copies of Francis Harper's naturalist's edition of The Travels of William Bartram as the definitive version of Bartram's pioneering survey. Complete with notes and commentary, an annotated index, maps, a bibliography, and a general index, this classic is now back in print for the first time in decades. Harper's knowledge of natural history transforms Bartram's accounts of the southern states from a curious record of personal observation from the past into a guidebook useful to modern biologists, historians, ornithologists, and ethnologists.

In 1773 the naturalist and writer William Bartram set out from Philadelphia on a four-year journey ranging from the Carolinas to Florida and Mississippi. For Bartram it was the perfect opportunity to pursue his interest in observing and drawing plants and birds. Combining precise and detailed scientific observations with a profound appreciation of nature, he produced a written account of his journey that would later influence both scientists and poets, including Wordsworth and Coleridge.

Bartram was among the first to integrate scientific observations and personal commentary. Unlike most of his contemporaries, he condemned the idea that nature was simply a resource to be consumed. Instead, he championed the aesthetic and scientific values of an "infinite variety of animated scenes, inexpressibly beautiful and pleasing." From his field journals he prepared a report for his benefactor and a larger report for the public. The former was rediscovered much later and published in 1943; the latter was published in 1791 and became the basis for the modern Bartram's Travels.

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Book

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1998

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0820320277


Format: Book
Author: Bartram, William, 1739-1823
Title: The travels of William Bartram / edited with commentary and an annotated index by Francis Harper.
Publisher Date: Athens, Ga. : University of Georgia Press, 1998.
Subject: Bartram, William, 1739-1823 -- Travel -- Southern States. Bartram, William, 1739-1823 -- Travel -- Southern States. Natural history -- Southern States Indians of North America -- Southern States Southern States -- Description and travel
Isbn: 0820320277 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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Call Number: 917.5 Bar
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Bib Id: 169180

Format: Book
Author: Bartram, William, 1739-1823
Title: The travels of William Bartram / edited with commentary and an annotated index by Francis Harper.
Edition: Naturalist's ed.
Publisher, Date: Athens, Ga. : University of Georgia Press, 1998.
Description: lxi, 727 p. : ill., maps ; 23 cm.
Subjects: Bartram, William, 1739-1823 -- Travel -- Southern States.
Subjects: Bartram, William, 1739-1823 -- Travel -- Southern States.
Subjects: Natural history -- Southern States
Subjects: Indians of North America -- Southern States
Subjects: Southern States -- Description and travel
Other Author: Harper, Francis, 1886-1972
Other Title: Travels through North & South Carolina, Georgia, east & west Florida, the Cherokee country, the extensive territories of the Muscogulges, or Creek Confederacy, and the country of the Chactaws
Notes: "Francis Harper's naturalist edition"--Spine.
Notes: First published in 1791 under title: Travels through North & South Carolina, Georgia, east & west Florida, the Cherokee country, the extensive territories of the Muscogulges, or Creek Confederacy, and the country of the Chactaws.
Notes: Originally published: New Haven : Yale University Press, 1958.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 668-689) and index.
LCCN: 97052702
ISBN: 0820320277 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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Available Copies: 2
Total Copies: 2
Call Number: 917.5 Bar