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This masterfully crafted volume accompanies and complements an exhibit of John White's 16th-century artwork that opened recently at the British Museum. Compiled and partly written by Sloan (curator, Enlightenment Gallery, British Museum), it includes a catalog of all the artist's watercolors and drawings held at the museum. White's artwork provided residents of Elizabethan England with their first visual impressions of the plants, animals, and inhabitants of the Americas and showed them glimpses of environments and cultures very different from their own (he participated in five voyages to the Americas during the 1580s). In introductory chapters, Sloan and three prominent historical scholars provide background information on what is known about White's life and art, the Elizabethan context of his work, the lifestyles of the Algonquin Native Americans with whom he came into contact, and the engravings of his paintings. Together, they have done an outstanding job of insightfully presenting White's work in the context of his time while also showing its historical relevance. An extremely well-written and well-researched work with excellent art reproductions (185, in color), copious endnotes, and an extensive bibliography; very highly recommended for history and art collections in academic and large public libraries.