Close Encounters in the Wilderness
Mabey, Richard, The Independent (London, England)
Bright Paradise: Victorian Scientific Travellers by Peter Raby Chatto, pounds 20
To travel hopefully as a naturalist in the Victorian era was to arrive. Regardless of destinations, it was chance enounters in the wilderness that fuelled the collective fantasies of the age: fabulous new species; savages, Noble and grotesque; gruelling obstacles against which the superior moral fibre of the European races could be tested. But as Peter Raby demonstrates in this fascinating and thoughtful survey, there was another, more purposeful project: nothing less than the cataloguing of the entire living world.
Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries scientific exploration was …
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Publication information: Article title: Close Encounters in the Wilderness. Contributors: Mabey, Richard - Author. Newspaper title: The Independent (London, England). Publication date: July 6, 1996. Page number: 10. © 2009 The Independent - London. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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