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Article: Botanical exchanges: Jean-Jacques Rousseau and the Duchess of Portland

TitleBotanical exchanges: Jean-Jacques Rousseau and the Duchess of Portland
Authors
KeywordsDuchess of Portland
Exotic botany
Gardens
Herbaria
Herbarium amboinense
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Rumphius
Issue Date2007
PublisherPergamon. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/histeuroideas
Citation
History Of European Ideas, 2007, v. 33 n. 2, p. 142-156 How to Cite?
AbstractIn 1766 Jean-Jacques Rousseau, in exile from France and Switzerland, came to England, where he made the acquaintance of Margaret Cavendish Harley Bentinck, Duchess of Portland. The two began to botanise together and to exchange letters about botany. These letters contain salient statements about Rousseau's views on natural theology, gardens, botanical texts and exotic botany. This exchange entailed not only discussions about plant identifications and other botanical matters, but most important, reciprocal gifts of books and specimens in the manner of gentlemanly scientific correspondence of the period. Rousseau volunteered his services as the Duchess's 'herborist' or plant collector, and collected specimens and seeds in her behalf; these were destined for her own extensive herbaria and other natural history collections. Rousseau, who elsewhere denied female talent for science, admired the Duchess's knowledge of natural history, acknowledging his own as inferior. Their correspondence ended when the Duchess sent him the Herbarium amboinense of Georg Rumpf (Rumphius), an important work of exotic botany. Rousseau considered exotic botany to be the antithesis of the domination-free nature from which he derived solace and inspiration. © 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/90282
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dc.date.issued2007en_HK
dc.identifier.citationHistory Of European Ideas, 2007, v. 33 n. 2, p. 142-156en_HK
dc.identifier.issn0191-6599en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/90282-
dc.description.abstractIn 1766 Jean-Jacques Rousseau, in exile from France and Switzerland, came to England, where he made the acquaintance of Margaret Cavendish Harley Bentinck, Duchess of Portland. The two began to botanise together and to exchange letters about botany. These letters contain salient statements about Rousseau's views on natural theology, gardens, botanical texts and exotic botany. This exchange entailed not only discussions about plant identifications and other botanical matters, but most important, reciprocal gifts of books and specimens in the manner of gentlemanly scientific correspondence of the period. Rousseau volunteered his services as the Duchess's 'herborist' or plant collector, and collected specimens and seeds in her behalf; these were destined for her own extensive herbaria and other natural history collections. Rousseau, who elsewhere denied female talent for science, admired the Duchess's knowledge of natural history, acknowledging his own as inferior. Their correspondence ended when the Duchess sent him the Herbarium amboinense of Georg Rumpf (Rumphius), an important work of exotic botany. Rousseau considered exotic botany to be the antithesis of the domination-free nature from which he derived solace and inspiration. © 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.en_HK
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherPergamon. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/histeuroideasen_HK
dc.relation.ispartofHistory of European Ideasen_HK
dc.subjectDuchess of Portlanden_HK
dc.subjectExotic botanyen_HK
dc.subjectGardensen_HK
dc.subjectHerbariaen_HK
dc.subjectHerbarium amboinenseen_HK
dc.subjectJean-Jacques Rousseauen_HK
dc.subjectRumphiusen_HK
dc.titleBotanical exchanges: Jean-Jacques Rousseau and the Duchess of Portlanden_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
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dc.identifier.emailCook, A: cookga@hkucc.hku.hken_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.histeuroideas.2006.08.010en_HK
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