Book ID: 107535
Auguste Saint- Hilaire (1779-1853): Un Botaniste Francais au Brésil/ Um Botanico Frances no Brasil. 2016. (MNHN, Collection Archives, Vol. 22). illus.(col.). 608 p. Paper bd. - Bilingual (French / Portuguese).
Botanist Auguste Prouvensal de Saint-Hilaire landed in Brazil with the delegation of the Duc de Luxembourg in December, 1816, when this country was first opening more widely to foreign scientists and artists. He returned to France six years later having gathered significant natural history collections (of plants, animals, and minerals) and a great deal of information on the regions history, physical geography, and uses of its natural products. In this bilingual French-Portuguese book, contemporary French and Brazilian historians and biologists explore how the descriptions that appear in this little-known botanist and explorers writings not only provide a window onto the current state of Brazilian landscapes and society, revealing de Saint-Hilaires works as major contributions to our knowledge of this immense nation, but also show his scientific approach to be unusually modern. In particular, an annotated throughout, the book also includes an exhaustive and annotated bibliography in French and in Portuguese.