The Chilterns in 1748
AN ACCOUNT BY PEHR KALM, VISITOR FROM FINLAND
Translated and edited by Professor William Mead
Pehr Kalm was the favourite disciple of the Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus. In 1748 he was sent on a botanical mission to England, which was then at the start of an agricultural revolution, and then on to North America.
He spent three weeks in the Chilterns, staying at Little Gaddesden and visiting the surrounding villages. His purpose was to record local environmental conditions and farming methods.
Like Pehr Kalm, William ‘Bill’ Mead bridged between the Chilterns and Finland. As Professor of Geography at University College London he was uniquely qualified to appreciate the contribution to our understanding of the history of the Chilterns made by Pehr Kalm's diary of his visit in 1748.
This second edition is published with a new index, authors' biographies and a glossary of place names, measurements and unusual terms.
168 pages, paperback, with 18 illustrations.
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