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The Codex canadensis and the writings of Louis Nicolas [electronic resource] : the natural history of the New World /
edited and with an introduction by François-Marc Gagnon ; translation by Nancy Senior ; modernization by Réal Ouellet = Histoire naturelle des Indes occidentales.
imprint
Tulsa, Okla. : Gilcrease Museum ; Montréal : McGill-Queen's University Press, c2011.
description
xvi, 555 p. : ill. (some col.), maps ; 32 cm.
ISBN
0773538763, 9780773538764
format(s)
Book
More Details
imprint
Tulsa, Okla. : Gilcrease Museum ; Montréal : McGill-Queen's University Press, c2011.
isbn
0773538763
9780773538764
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
language note
Text in English and French.
catalogue key
12011882
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
Awards
This item was nominated for the following awards:
Sir John A. McDonald Prize, CAN, 2012 : Won
Reviews
Review Quotes
"As a physical object, it is one of beauty... As an act of sustained editorial ingenuity... it is impeccable... As a work of interdisciplinary research, it is simply outstanding... [This work] can scarcely be praised too highly." Sir John A. Macdonald Prize Jury
"One of Canada's 'fundamental documents' - a 335-year-old, lavishly illustrated manuscript describing the First Nations, wildlife and geography of the country at the dawn of European settlement." Randy Boswell, The Montreal Gazette
"The Codex Canadensis and the Writings of Louis Nicolas is a treasure trove for a host of readers with wide-ranging interests in the history, culture, and natural history of Canada, or in the makeup of the scientific field in France at the time. The lively style for which Francois-Marc Gagnon is well known to French readers as well as the volume's mature and insightful scholarship make this a captivating, rich, and profoundly knowledgeable text." Laurier Lacroix, departement d'histoire de l'art, Universite du Quebec a Montreal
" The Codex Canadensis and the Writings of Louis Nicolas is a treasure trove for a host of readers with wide-ranging interests in the history, culture, and natural history of Canada, or in the makeup of the scientific field in France at the time. The lively style for which François-Marc Gagnon is well known to French readers as well as the volume's mature and insightful scholarship make this a captivating, rich, and profoundly knowledgeable text." Laurier Lacroix, département d'histoire de l'art, Université du Québec à Montréal
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Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
Part art, part science, part anthropology, this project presents an early Canadian perspective on natural history that is as much artistic and fantastical as it is encyclopaedic. Edited and introduced by François-Marc Gagnon, the book showcases an intriguing attempt to document the life of the new world.
Main Description
Part art, part science, part anthropology, this ambitious project presents an early Canadian perspective on natural history that is as much artistic and fantastical as it is encyclopaedic. Edited and introduced by François-Marc Gagnon, The Codex Canadensis and the Writings of Louis Nicolas showcases an intriguing attempt to document the life of the new world flora, fauna, and aboriginal. The book brings together for the first time the illustrated Codex Canadensis and "The Natural History of the New World", following Gagnon's argument that both can be attributed to Louis Nicolas, a French Jesuit priest who travelled throughout Canada between 1664 and 1675. "Histoire Naturelle des Indes Occidentales", originally written in classical French, has been put in modern French by Réal Ouellet and translated into English by Nancy Senior. The "Natural History" presents a pre-Linnaean botany and pre-Darwinian account of living things, including hundreds of species of plants and vivid descriptions of wildlife. It is thoroughly annotated, focusing on the contemporary identification of species, as the result of a pan-Canadian collaboration of experts in fields from linguistics to biology and botany. The Codex Canadensis , currently in the collection of the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is reproduced in full and provides both a fascinating visual account of wildlife as Nicolas saw it and a rare example of early Canadian art. Gagnon's introduction profiles Louis Nicolas and analyses connections between his work and European examples of natural illustration from the period. The Codex Canadensis and the Writings of Louis Nicolas shows how the wildlife and native inhabitants of the new world were understood and documented by a seventeenth-century European and makes available fundamental documents in the history and visual culture of early North America.
Main Description
Part art, part science, part anthropology, this ambitious project presents an early Canadian perspective on natural history that is as much artistic and fantastical as it is encyclopedic. Edited and introduced by Francois-Marc Gagnon, The Codex Canadensis and the Writings of Louis Nicolas showcases an intriguing attempt to document the life of the new world - flora, fauna, and aboriginal. The book brings together for the first time the illustrated Codex Canadensis and The Natural History of the New World, following Gagnon's argument that both can be attributed to Louis Nicolas, a French Jesuit priest who travelled throughout Canada between 1664 and 1675. Histoire Naturelle des Indes Occidentales, originally written in classical French, has been put in modern French by Real Ouellet and translated into English by Nancy Senior. The Natural History presents a pre-Linnaean botany and pre-Darwinian account of living things, including hundreds of species of plants and vivid descriptions of wildlife. It is thoroughly annotated, focusing on the contemporary identification of species, as the result of a pan-Canadian collaboration of experts in fields from linguistics to biology and botany. The Codex Canadensis, currently in the collection of the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is reproduced in full and provides both a fascinating visual account of wildlife as Nicolas saw it and a rare example of early Canadian art. Gagnon's introduction profiles Louis Nicolas and analyses connections between his work and European examples of natural illustration from the period. The Codex Canadensis and the Writings of Louis Nicolas shows how the wildlife and native inhabitants of the new world were understood and documented by a seventeenth-century European and makes available fundamental documents in the history and visual culture of early North America.
Main Description
The book brings together for the first time the illustrated Codex Canadensis and The Natural History of the New World, following Gagnon's argument that both can be attributed to Louis Nicolas, a French Jesuit priest who travelled throughout Canada between 1664 and 1675. Histoire Naturelle des Indes Occidentales, originally written in classical French, has been put in modern French by Real Ouellet and translated into English by Nancy Senior. The Natural History presents a pre-Linnaean botany and pre-Darwinian account of living things, including hundreds of species of plants and vivid descriptions of wildlife. It is thoroughly annotated, focusing on the contemporary identification of species, as the result of a pan-Canadian collaboration of experts in fields from linguistics to biology and botany. The Codex Canadensis, currently in the collection of the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is reproduced in full and provides both a fascinating visual account of wildlife as Nicolas saw it and a rare example of early Canadian art. Gagnon's introduction profiles Louis Nicolas and analyses connections between his work and European examples of natural illustration from the period. The Codex Canadensis and the Writings of Louis Nicolas shows how the wildlife and native inhabitants of the new world were understood and documented by a seventeenth-century European and makes available fundamental documents in the history and visual culture of early North America.

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