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Record 10133

Reading Experience:

Evidence:
'Authors tell strange stories about the immense size to which this fruit grows in some countries which are favourable to it. Rumphius says that they are sometimes so large that a man cannot easily lift one of them: the Malays told me that at Madura they were so large that two men could but carry one of them; at Batavia, however, they never exceed the size of a large melon, which in shape they resemble, but are coated over with angular spines like the shootings of some crystals: they are, however, soft, and do not at all prick any one who handles them.'
Century: 1700-1799
Date: 25 Dec 1770
Country: At sea off Suva
Time: n/a
Place: other location: On board HMS Endeavour
   
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:Joseph Banks
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 13 Feb 1743
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Naturalist
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: At sea off Suva
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
n/a
Additional comments: n/a

 

Text Being Read:

Author: Georg Eberhard Rumphius
Title: Herbrium Aboinensis
Genre: Natural history
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: owned

 

Source Information:

Record ID: 10133  
Source - Print  
  Author: Joseph Banks
  Editor: Joseph Hooker
  Title: Journal of the Right Hon. Sir Joseph Banks Bart., K.B. P.R.S. during Captain Cook's first voyage in HMS Endeavour in 1768-71 to Terra del Fuego, Otahite, New Zealand, Australia, the Dutch East Indies etc.
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1896
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 395
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Joseph Banks, Joseph Hooker (ed.), Journal of the Right Hon. Sir Joseph Banks Bart., K.B. P.R.S. during Captain Cook's first voyage in HMS Endeavour in 1768-71 to Terra del Fuego, Otahite, New Zealand, Australia, the Dutch East Indies etc. (London, 1896), p. 395, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/reading/recorddetails2.php?id=10133, accessed: 24 August 2019

Additional comments:

Date of birth is given as 2 February 1743 (O. S.) which has been converted to the modern date. The fruit "Nanca" (Sitodium cauliflorum) is being described.

 

 

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