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Joseph Hooker’s Himalayan journals (1854)

N. 19. 6-7

Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker (1817-1911) was an English botanist and explorer.  His Himalayan journals, published in two volumes, preceded his appointment as Assistant-Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew in 1855, and documents three years of study in the Himalayas.

The maps were produced from Hooker’s own land surveys and the lithographs from his own sketches: ‘My drawings will be considered tame compared with most mountain landscapes, though the subjects comprise some of the grandest scenes in nature’.

Hooker dedicated his work to his friend, Charles Darwin (1809–1882), and was one of the first to apply Darwin’s theories of evolution to the study of plants.

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