The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 41, July 1937 - April, 1938 Page: 260
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the Englishman who was in Texas from March, 1833, to Decem-
ber, 1834, and whom lovers of beauty will always remember for
the phlox Drummondii and other flowers; Louis Cachand Ervend-
berg, the German Evangelical minister, "interested primarily in
the application of science to the betterment of human conditions,"
who wanted to acclimatize wheat and to introduce new trees and
plants; Ferdinand Jacob Lindheimer, a German university stu-
dent who botanized in Texas from 1839 to 1852 and then became
editor of the Neu Braunfelser Zeitung; Ferdinand von Roemer,
the German geologist and "father of Texas geology" whose observa-
tions made in Texas from November, 1845, to May, 1847, formed
the basis of his Die Kreidebildungen von Texas und ihre organ-
ischen Einschlilsse; Charles Wright, the Englishman whose work
Asa Gray honored with two thick quarto volumes under the title
Plantae Wrightianae; Gideon Lincecum, "born in 1793 on the fringe
of civilization in Georgia," who lived in Texas from 1848 to 1867
and sent many collections of ants, beetles, butterflies, plants, fossils,
and shells to museums; Julien Reverchon, born at Lyons, France,
in 1837, who collected over 2,600 species of plants in Texas after
1869; and Gustaf W. Belfrage, Swedish nobleman and "most
exotic figure of all," whose collections of ants, beetles, and butter-
flies attracted much attention.
Geiser's book is a valuable and scholarly contribution to Texana
and to biographical writing and is a very agreeable blend of
science, genealogy, and history. It depicts "the struggle for culture
and for science under frontier conditions," as the foreword says.
Geiser relates not only what the naturalists did but pictures the
conditions in Texas which served as their environment and draws
on the history of the state with keen insight to write a very timely
and worth while book. The style is so clear and fascinating that
it holds the attention of the reader. The very language reveals
the esteem which Geiser has for the frontier naturalists and col-
lectors and makes them appear to be living persons. The scientist,
the historian, the general reader, the collector of Texana--all will
appreciate this book.
R. L. BIESELE.
The University of Texas.
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