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Nature's Explorers: Adventurers Who Recorded the Wonders of the Natural World

Nature's Explorers: Adventurers Who Recorded the Wonders of the Natural World

by Andrea Hart (Editor)


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This sumptuous volume reveals the lives of some of history’s greatest explorers of the natural world, using the specimens they collected, the letters they wrote and the art they created to record their discoveries.

Superb artworks and photographs spanning three centuries have been specially chosen to illustrate each essay and many are published here for the first time.

From ground-breaking theorists such as Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace to evocative artists like Ferdinand Bauer and John James Audubon, these explorers shared an ambition to illuminate new worlds and each embodied the spirit of the Enlightenment and the Scientific Revolution.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780565094645
Publisher: Natural History Museum, London
Publication date: 10/01/2020
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.75(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Andrea Hart is Library Special Collections Manager at the Natural History Museum, London.

Table of Contents

Foreword 4

Artist and explorer. Grace Touzel Maria Sibylla Merian 6

Discovering and depicting the New World. Victoria R.M. Pickering Mark Catesby 16

Collector of sugar apple trees and menageries for the Emperor. Hans Walter Lack Nikolaus Joseph Jacquin 26

The first ecologist. Judith Magee William Bartram 36

Botanical explorer. Simon Werrett Joseph Banks 46

Industrious illustrator Andrea Hart Sydney Parkinson 56

Naturalist, ethnologist and ethnographer Mark Carine Johann Forster 68

My estate for my expedition. Hans Walter Lack Alexander von Humboldt 78

Botanical illustrator who voyaged to Australia. Paul Martyn Cooper Ferdinand Bauer 88

Depicting early colonial life in Australia. Lisa di Tommaso Thomas Watling 98

The American woodsman who loved to paint birds. Paul Martyn Cooper John James Audubon 106

South sea field artist. Sandra Knapp Conrad Martens 116

Diplomat and scholar. Ann Datta Brian Houghton Hodgson 126

Father of Australian ornithology. Ann Datta John Gould 136

A collector in love with the natural world. David Williams Charles Darwin 146

Ground-breaking phytogeographer. Virginia Mills and Cam Sharp Jones Joseph Hooker 154

Artist-explorer of colonial southern Africa and Australia. Ann Datta Thomas Baines 162

Forward thinker, environmentalist and biogeographer. Sandra Knapp Alfred Russel Wallace 172

The 'model' explorer. Maxwell Barclay Henry Walter Bates 182

Explorer of underwater worlds. Mary Spencer Jones Charles Wyville Thomson 192

Free-spirited lepidopterist. Blanca Huertas Margaret Elizabeth Fountaine 200

Antarctica, nature and man's unconquerable mind. Douglas G. D. Russell Edward Adrian Wilson 210

An entomologist with artistic flair. Hellen Pethers Hereward Dollman 222

Index 232

References and Image details 236

Credits 240

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