A Voyage into the Levant

A Voyage into the Levant

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Joseph Pitton de Tournefort (1656-1708) was originally destined for the church, but his interest in botany led him to become professor of botany at the Jardin des plantes in Paris, and to travel all over Europe and beyond in search of interesting specimens. He was chiefly interested in the classification of plants, but is now best remembered for the accounts he wrote of voyages undertaken for the purpose of scientific discovery. This illustrated two-volume work, published posthumously in French in 1717 and translated into English the following year, recounts a journey begun in 1700, around the eastern Mediterranean and the Black Sea, visiting Crete and other Greek islands, Istanbul, Armenia and Georgia. Tournefort notes not only plants, but geographical features, antiquities, the people he encounters, and their way of life, agriculture and industry. Volume 1 begins with a biography of Tournefort, and ends with an account of Constantinople.It is confidently reported, that M. de Peyresra#39;s Heirs, for one whole Winter, made use of the Papers they found in his Closet for ... and thorowly knew the Oriental History, as is apparent from the Versions he made of some Volumes of the Byzzmtihe History, ... vent for, because the Parliament and the other superiour Courts being held at Aza#39;x, the Country is obliga#39;d to repair thither as the Centte of Business.

Title:A Voyage into the Levant
Author: Joseph Pitton de Tournefort
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 2014-05-22

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