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Naturalists at Sea


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Glyn Williams is emeritus professor of history, University of London. He is the author of more than a dozen books on European voyages of exploration.


"An extraordinary and entertaining catalog of maritime and scientific endeavor."-Michael Fathers, The Wall Street Journal -- Michael Fathers * The Wall Street Journal *

"An erudite and beautifully illustrated work, Naturalists at Sea wears its learning lightly, and conveys to non-specialists an array of fascinating details about explorers and naturalists, familiar and not-so-familiar, quoting judiciously from their journals and post-voyage publications . . . every page testifies to the indomitable vitality of both explorers and naturalists."-Andrew Robinson, Nature -- Andrew Robinson * Nature *
"This fascinating tale is told across time, ships, captains and crews, and the countries that sent or received these scientific travelers, naturalists who brought their skills and weaknesses to documenting the natural world during the Enlightenment and beyond. Williams. . . does all the hard work of making these lives and adventures comprehensible."-Library Journal * Library Journal *
"[A] fascinating work . . . This well-illustrated book will interest a wide audience."-Choice
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"This gripping account of scientific travellers in the 18th and 19th centuries reveals that despite the importance placed on their work by governments, relations between boffins and crews were often fraught."-Christopher Hirst, The Independent -- Christopher Hirst * Independent *

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