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Hooker Sir Joseph Dalton
HIMALAYAN JOURNALS or, Notes of a Naturalist In Bengal, The Sikkim and Nepal Himalayas, The Khasia Mountains, &c.
London John Murray 1855. 2 volumes. Early New Edition, carefully revised and condensed. Illustrated with 80 woodcuts, many full page and one full page colour seal. 8vo, very handsomely bound in three-quarter maroon morocco, lettered in gilt between raised bands on the spines, and with marbled endpapers and edges. xvi, 348; xii, 345 pp. A very handsome and very fine set indeed. A scarce work in this format and condition. A SCARCE AND HIGHLY IMPORTANT WORK. Hooker was one of the greatest British botanists and explorers of the 19th century. He was a founder of geographical botany, and Charles Darwin's closest friend. Director of the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, for twenty years, he succeeded his father, William Jackson Hooker, at that post and was awarded the highest honours of British science. He was present on some of the most important voyages and exploratory journeys in British history: the Antarctic 1839-1843, the Himalayas and India 1847-1851; Palestine in 1860; Morocco in 1871, the Western United States in 1877. ‘Richard Freeman, Darwin’s bibliographer, wrote: "Hooker was Charles Darwin's greatest friend and confidant".[29] Certainly they had extensive correspondence, and they also met face-to-face (Hooker visiting Darwin). Hooker and Lyell were the two people Darwin consulted (by letter) when Wallace's famous letter arrived at Down House, enclosing his paper on natural selection. Hooker was instrumental in creating the device whereby the Wallace paper was accompanied by Darwin's notes and his letter to Asa Gray (showing his prior realization of natural selection) in a … [Click Below for Full Description]
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