Jack Nisbet turns his attention to David Douglas, the premier botanical explorer in the Pacific NW. Douglas’ discoveries include hundreds of western plants—most notably, the Douglas Fir. The Collector tracks Douglas’s fascinating history and takes readers on Douglas’ journeys into the then-obscure realms from Puget Sound to the Sandwich Islands. Nisbet evokes a lost world of early exploration, pristine nature, ambition, and cultural and class conflict with surprisingly modern resonances.
Author of the award-winning book, Sources of the River, Jack Nisbet is a historian, teacher, and author focusing on the intersection of human history and natural history in the Pacific NW.