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The signature of all things

The signature of all things

Gilbert, Elizabeth, 1969- author

5th January 1800. Alma Whittaker is born into a perfect Philadelphia winter. Her father, Henry Whittaker, is a bold and charismatic botanical explorer whose vast fortune belies his lowly beginnings as a vagrant in Sir Joseph Banks' Kew Gardens and as a deck hand on Captain Cook's HMS Resolution . Alma's mother, a strict woman from an esteemed Dutch family, is conversant in five living languages (and two dead ones). An independent girl with a thirst for knowledge, it is not long before Alma comes into her own within the world of botany. But as Alma's careful studies of moss take her deeper into the mysteries of evolution, the man she comes to love draws her in the opposite direction

Hardback, Book. English. Historical. Historical fiction.
Published London: Bloomsbury, 2013
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Statement of responsibility: Elizabeth Gilbert
ISBN: 1408841894, 9781408841891
Note: Illustrations on lining papers.
Physical Description: 501 pages : illustrations (black and white, and colour) ; 24 cm