New in New dust jacket. 9780719547355. This specific hardback book is in new condition with a hard board cover that has sharp edges and corners and has a tight binding. The pages are clean, crisp, unmarked and uncreased. The dust jacket is in fine condition with barely detectable wear if any. We package all books in custom cardboard book boxes for shipment and ship daily with tracking numbers.; "Frank Kingdon-Ward was the last of a long line of plant collectors and explorers that began in the 18th century with Sir Joseph Banks, architect of the Botanical Gardens at Kew. Kingdon-Ward's excursions to North Burma, China and Tibet uncovered varieties of such plant species as rhododendrons, primula, lilies and poppies-species which now grow prolifically in English gardens. This account of Kingdon-Ward's life explores his various travels and contributions to botany. The author weaves Kingdon-Ward's own descriptions of his journeys into the text to provide a vivid portrait of a dedicated and remarkable man."; 9.29 X 6.30 X 1.10 inches; 256 pages.
A Fine tight copy in a Near Fine unclipped dust jacket with light sunning to front panel. Francis Kingdon-Ward (1885-958) was an English botanist, explorer, plant collector and author who 25 books mostly accounts of his expeditions that spanned nearly 50 years. He survived many accidents on his expeditions including being impaled on a bamboo spike, falling off a cliff (stopped by a tree growing from the cliff), lost for two days with no food, tent crushed by a tree in a storm, and he was close to the epicentre of an earthquake (registering 9.6 on the Richter scale) on 15 August 1950 during an expedition in Assam. In addition to his professional activities as a botanist, in the 1930s Kingdon-Ward also served as a spy for the British India Office.
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