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Thursday, October 30, 2014

MAN OF THE ARCHIPELAGO - ODOARDO BECCARI


Odoardo Beccari born in Firenze (Florence), Italy in 1843.
Started collecting plants at the age of 13.
At the age of 17 wrote his first botanical article.
Attended the University of Pisa 1861.

Spent two and half years in Sarawak. In 1867 he traversed to Batang Lupar, Undup, Pakit, Tanjung Datu, Singgi, Labuan, Brunei, Bintulu River and its tributary Tubau, Belaga, Rejang River to Sibu, Kuala Igan, Kanowit, Entebai, Semanggang, Samarahan, Kuching. One and half centuries ago Beccari went through deep jungles to collect plant samples in such places.

Compared to what I have done during my 5 years of stay in Sarawak was nothing compared to Beccari. Most of the time travelled by road to Tanjung Datu, Kuching, Samarahan, Semanggang, Igan, Mukah, Dalat, Sibu, Bintulu, Brunei, Labuan (ferry). 

He sailed back to Italy in January 1868 after collecting over 4,000 botanical specimens.

Beccari published Nelle foreste di Borneo in 1902, Florence. The first English translation of the book was done by E.H. Giglioli titled as below.












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