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By Marianne North, Laura Ponsonby

ISBN-10: 1553656261

ISBN-13: 9781553656265

In 1871, Marianne North, an excellent artist with a willing curiosity in botany, set-forth to go back and forth the area on a quest to color indigenous crops of their normal habitat. inspired through her pal Charles Darwin, North travelled via boat, educate, mule, foot and palanquin to each continent other than Antarctica. She rotated the globe two times over fifteen years and gathered an intensive and worthy number of greater than 8 hundred work, which this present day include the esteemed Marianne North Gallery on the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, London.

North — high-spirited, indefatigable, and courageous — additionally stored special journals, which have been posthumously released in 3 volumes within the past due 1800s. Abundant Beauty collects the main attractive writings from these journals in a single version, together with wealthy descriptions of botanica and pleasant money owed of local community and customs from her occasionally risky travels. Abundant Beauty is an engaging and informative rea...

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John Addington Symonds EDITOR’S PREFACE MARIANNE NORTH was an accomplished painter, knowledgeable botanist, enthusiastic traveller, and prolific diarist. Selected from three volumes—including writing about travels in almost thirty countries—the excerpts from North’s diaries in this edition cover six countries on five continents. A marker like the one above indicates an abridgement to the text. Each chapter may not begin where Marianne North started writing or end at the close of her own diary entry.

Inside, the harbour is calm as a millpond, and we soon stood under the great umbrella trees in the principal square. It was Sunday, and the shops were shut with as much rigour as in Glasgow itself. I saw little to buy but parrots, oranges, and bananas. In the superb gardens we saw grand palms and other tropical plants new to me. The fan palm of Madagascar was perhaps the most remarkable, with its long oar-like leaves and stalks wonderfully fitted together in the old Grecian plait, each stalk forming a perfect reservoir of pure water, easily tapped from the trunk; thirsty travellers had good reason for naming this palm—strelitzia, or bird of paradise—their friend.

After she had filled all our plates, she seized the drumstick of a chicken in one hand and a bit of bread in the other and took alternate bites at them, after which she washed her hands at a side table, and began carving again, drinking to all our healths separately, and making speeches to each as she did it. One of her dishes had a duck in it sitting upright as if it were swimming, with a lime in its mouth.

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