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John and William Bartram's America: Selections from the Writings of the Philadelphia Naturalists (American Naturalists Series) Paperback – 1990

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  • Paperback: 418 pages
  • Publisher: Devin-Adair (1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0815951183
  • ISBN-13: 978-0815951186
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,360,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kim Burdick on June 3, 2012
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If you love nature, anthropology, and the 18th century, you really owe it to yourself to read this book.

Bartram's Garden remains a magical spot along the Delaware River. John Bartram, the father, was one of America's first botanists and was well-known not only to Washington, Adams, Jefferson and Franklin but also to British and European plant collectors and botanists. He later trained his son William, a fine artist, to follow in his footsteps.

William Bartram's interests are really the focus of this anthology. William's interests were somewhat broader than that of his father and as a carefully-educated son of his father, his writing is descriptive and well=phrased. This volume contains some very interesting chapters related to William's trips to North and South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.

His vivid descriptions of birds and animals as well as plants are well-written and you will find yourself sorrowful as a bear cub cries over the death of its mother; laughing at the antics of a pet crow; and racing to the nearest garden catalogue to look for photographs of the plants he is describing.

William Bartram's appreciation for, and descriptions of, the 18th century Native Americans are unparalleled. Here you can find eye-witness accounts of their building techniques, their foodways, and their diplomacy.

The book has an excellent glossary, nice pen and ink maps, and careful footnotes. It is one of the books in the excellent American Naturalist Series.

Worth owning.

Kim Burdick
Stanton, Delaware
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