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Isles of the Seven Seas

Nature volume 139, page 310 (20 February 1937) | Download Citation



THE author is well known among horticulturists as an enthusiastic collector of cherries, and one who has also contributed to our knowledge of the genus Gladiolus. Furthermore, all his life he has been an observer of birds. Equipped with the twin lore of botany and ornithology, he has travelled widely, collecting and noting. For the purpose of this book, he has made a selection from his copious material, confining himself to islands he has visited. We leap from Tahiti to Coll and back to Sumatra, to Corsica, New Zealand, Ushant, and not least to Little Tobago; and if we have a feeling that Mr. Ingram is rather self-consciously trying to avoid the too smooth day-to-day narrative of orthodox travel literature, the device has its charm. Wisely he rivets our interest at the start by taking us to the South Seas.

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