Item #138353 The Hard Road. The Life Story of Amalie Dietrich, Naturalist, 1821-1891, by her Daughter. Amalie DIETRICH, Charitas BISCHOFF.
The Hard Road. The Life Story of Amalie Dietrich, Naturalist, 1821-1891, by her Daughter
The Hard Road. The Life Story of Amalie Dietrich, Naturalist, 1821-1891, by her Daughter

The Hard Road. The Life Story of Amalie Dietrich, Naturalist, 1821-1891, by her Daughter

London, Martin Hopkinson Ltd, 1931 (first edition in English).

Octavo, 317 pages.

Cloth unevenly sunned; top edge a little marked; a very good copy with the dustwrapper a little sunned and marked (chiefly on the spine).

The author is the daughter of Amalie Dietrich; translated from the original German by A. Liddell Geddie. In 1862, the German-born naturalist 'was introduced to the merchant, J.C. Godeffroy, who was persuaded by well-known scientists to send her to Australia to collect for his private museum ... and by August 1863 was in Brisbane. She took a house on the river and began collecting industriously. Her letters to Charitas told of much new material: the Brisbane River "yielded … rich spoils"; Gladstone was not so bounteous; at Rockhampton she found that the heat, though "unbearable" had produced "such a wealth of vegetation that literally everything towers high above my head". At the Fitzroy River she dissected crocodiles twenty-two feet (6.7 metres) long; she suffered fever, lost her house by fire and was rescued by Aboriginals from a water-lily swamp. In 1866 she went to Mackay, thence to Lake Elphinstone and by August 1869 was collecting around Bowen. She went with two assistants to the Holborne Islands, returned to Bowen and then continued to Brisbane and Sydney. At Melbourne in 1871 she met Ferdinand Mueller. By February 1872 she was at Tonga, and on 4 March 1873, accompanied by two pet eagles, she returned to Hamburg' ('Australian Dictionary of Biography').

Item #138353

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