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MODERN EXPLORATION F. Kingdon-Ward 1945 1st ed No DJ Very Good
By Kingdon-Ward, Frank
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London, 1945, 1st edition. 124 pp. A short book wherein Kingdon-Ward considers the exploration of our world, including the land surface, the lithosphere, the hydrosphere, the atmosphere, the world's contents, and exploring in time.

An interesting work on exploration to the mid 20th century for young readers. Unusually for its genre it relies on quality of text without copious illustrations (Wartime Economy), and is written with a characteristically dry humour - 'Mountaineering is not exploration, so there is no need to dwell on it unduly. On the other hand modern exploration often involves mountain climbing, so we must not entirely ignore it.' 
Small hardcover (wartime book), Lacks FEP, No dust jacket, Very Good.
 
Apart from a few years as a schoolmaster in China, Frank Kingdon-Ward was a professional plant-collector and explorer for more than forty years. In all, he made twenty-three expeditions, mainly in Assam, Burma, China, and Tibet. A permanent reminder of his activites lives on in the many species of flowers and shrubs to which the name kingdonwardia, kindonii, or wardii has been applied.
 
His scientific training gave him a keen interest in geography as well as botany, and he mapped and surveyed as well as collected. His writings blend autobiography with speculations on plant geography and first-hand accounts of the discovery of various plants and their introduction to gardens. The author recalls his triumphs and disappointments, the adventures, the surprises, and the riddles of plant collecting. He recalls, too, the occasions when the sheer beauty of the scene impressed itself on his mind: drifts of gentians on a bar mountain, acres of yellow primulas, forests ablaze with rhododendron blooms. Through it all one senses his love of high mountains, and the endless hope of new discoveries that took him back again and again to the loneliness and hardships of his calling.

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