Travels of William Bartram Author:Mark Van Doren (Editor), William Bartram This is the first inexpensive illustrated edition of one of the most delightful books written in the 18th century. A Great source work of American geography, anthropology, and natural history, it contains accurate and entertaining descriptions of the area now included in Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas. — From 1773 to 1778, Bartram, who was a... more » trained natural scientist, travelled through the South, noting the characteristics of almost everything he encountered. He reported on the rivers of Florida, the groves of wild oranges, the swamps, the lagoons; he made notes on the fish, tropical snakes and reptiles, the birds, both aquatic and land. Botanical specimens that he took preserved at least one valuable plant from extinction.
Descriptions of the Cherokee Indians and their march toward civilization, the festivals of the Seminoles, the customs of the Creeks – all offer the anthropologist and historian a wealth of first-hand information, much of which is not available elsewhere.
Bartram has long been recognized as a classic of both science and language. Coleridge used it as a source for "Kubla Khan" and "The Ancient Mariner," while Wordsworth, Carlyle, and Emerson all held it in high esteem.
This is a 1955 reprint of the 1928 edition by Macy-Masius Publishers.« less