First inexpensive, illustrated edition of early classic on American geography, plants, Indians, wildlife, early settlers. Influenced Coleridge, Wordsworth, and Chateaubriand. "A book of extraordinary beauty." — The New York Times. 13 illustrations.
Author: Kathryn E. Holland Braund
Publisher: University of Alabama Press
Release Date: 2010-03-03
A classic work of history, ethnography, and botany, and an examination of the life and environs of the 18th-century south. William Bartram was a naturalist, artist, and author of Travels through North and South Carolina, Georgia, East and West Florida, the Cherokee Country, the ExtensiveTerritories of the Muscogulees, or Creek Confederacy, and the Country of the Choctaws. The book, based on his journey across the South, reflects a remarkable coming of age. In 1773, Bartram departed his family home near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as a British colonist; in 1777, he returned as a citizen of an emerging nation of the United States. The account of his journey, published in 1791, established a national benchmark for nature writing and remains a classic of American literature, scientific writing, and history. Brought up as a Quaker, Bartram portrayed nature through a poetic lens of experience as well as scientific observation, and his work provides a window on 18th-century southern landscapes. Particularly enlightening and appealing are Bartram’s detailed accounts of Seminole, Creek, and Cherokee peoples. The Bartram Trail Conference fosters Bartram scholarship through biennial conferences held along the route of his travels. This richly illustrated volume of essays, a selection from recent conferences, brings together scholarly contributions from history, archaeology, and botany. The authors discuss the political and personal context of his travels; species of interest to Bartram; Creek architecture; foodways in the 18th-century south, particularly those of Indian groups that Bartram encountered; rediscovery of a lost Bartram manuscript; new techniques for charting Bartram’s trail and imaging his collections; and a fine analysis of Bartram’s place in contemporary environmental issues.
William Bartram's journeys around North America in the late 18th century crossed through much of what was then Native American territory. In the 1790s when this book was first published, the United States was newly formed and was expanding beyond its original thirteen colonies. However, American settlement into the distant lands beyond the Appalachians was limited and gradual. The vast expanse of land was unknown, and much was inhabited by Native American tribes. Determined to traverse and discover the lands of North America, William Bartram set out from the city of Philadelphia, making his way toward the south of the continent. Along his way he describes the wilderness terrain, rivers, landscape and peoples he meets. Many of the Native American tribes he encountered were welcoming, viewing Bartram as a strange curiosity. He would join the natives to eat at feasts, observing their lives and customs, learning their dialects and eventually gaining their trust and friendship.
Author: William Bartram
Publisher: Gibbs Smith
Release Date: 1791
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Bartram's Travels is one of the earliest and most important books of A merican natural history. For four years (1773-1777) William Bartram wandered through the virgin forests, valleys, and wetlands of the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida. His lyrical descriptions of the American wilderness influenced the work of literary figures while also becoming recognized as a classic of natural history writing.
Author: Mark Dion
Publisher: John Bartram Assocation
Release Date: 2008
Combining humor and seriousness, this picture-filled book beautifully documents an artistic collaboration across more than two centuries. The 18th-century naturalist/artist William Bartram is renowned for hisTravels, a volume recounting his 1770s trip through the American Southeast and for his revelatory drawings. Mark Dion is a contemporary artist famous for working with historical and museum collections, and for site-specific displays that mimic the historical exhibits surrounding them. Commissioned for the landmark John Bartram house at Philadelphia's Bartram's Garden, the "Travels Reconsidered" exhibition and Dion's 21st-century journey that produced it are evoked inTravels of William Bartram - Reconsidered, a book filled with copious photographs, drawings, and texts. Essays by the organizing art curator and an art critic; the first history of Bartram's Garden published in 50 years, by its Resident Bartram Scholar; and excerpts from Mark Dion's travel diary and reproductions of letters and texts about the project and its people make this book a treasure trove of exploration that encompasses different times, spaces, and ideas of natural history and art. Distributed by Temple University Press for The John Bartram Association
Author: Edward J. Cashin
Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press
Release Date: 2006
This is a new-in-paperback edition of a detailed look into what Bartram omits in his germinal book Travels and why. Cashin suggests that Bartram offered Travels as a means of shaping the new country and illuminates the convictions that motivated Bartram -- that if Americans lived in communion with nature, heeded the moral law, and treated the people of the interior with respect, then America would be blessed with greatness.
Author: Thomas Peter Bennett
Release Date: 1999-01-19
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
The Bartram 300, in 1999, will celebrate the birth of America''s first great naturalist and conservationist, John Bartram. His scientific travels in Pennsylvania, New York and throughout Florida, with his son William, are now scientific and mythic legend. William''s return to Florida in 1771, and later publication of Travels, concluded the Bartram saga. The Bartrams awakened the scientific and literary world to America''s environmental beauty and natural uniqueness. The Bartrams'' history and their accomplishments continue to be globally celebrated. A Celebration of the Bartrams is a poetic interpretation of the travels of John and William Bartram. It includes the physical and spiritual retracing, by the author of the Bartram''s environmental travels in Florida and Philadelphia. Originally published as a 200th celebration of Travels, its poems have had many readings. ''John Bartram''s House'''' was read at the 1993 Centennial celebration and Bartram family reunion at historic Bartram''s garden in Philadelphia and published in the proceedings. ''''Flight of Savanna Cranes'''' received honorable mention, The John David Johnson Memorial Poetry Awards of Poet ''''93. ''''Gopher'''' appeared in The Annual Anthology of the South Florida Poetry Institute, 1992-1993.