Stuffing birds, pressing plants, shaping knowledge : natural history in North America, 1730-1860 /
Sue Ann Prince, editor.
Philadelphia, Pa. : American Philosophical Society, 2003.
xvi, 113 p., 15 p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm.
0871699346 (pbk.)
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Philadelphia, Pa. : American Philosophical Society, 2003.
0871699346 (pbk.)
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"Published for the exhibition ... presented at the American Philosophical Society ... 20 June 2003-31 December 2004." -- T.p. verso.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 96) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2004-06-01:
The American Philosophical Society (founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1743) has recently started public programs of exhibitions; this book is the handbook for the current show on the materials of the United States' earliest natural historians. Editor-curator Prince has three authorities describe the techniques of early scientists for the preservation of zoological and botanical collections, from the days of "alcohol jars and arsenic powder." Contributors also discuss the important role of art, especially drawings and paintings, in early American natural history (e.g., Audubon's bird plates and the botanical paintings of William Bartram). Finally the text reviews the historical context of natural science studies in the earlier years of the country (e.g., Thomas Jefferson; the Lewis and Clark expedition). The readable text has detailed references. This catalog also includes many figures from the period and 15 color plates. It will be useful for many years beyond the exhibition's conclusion at the end of 2004. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. General readers; upper-level undergraduates through faculty. C. Leck emeritus, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick
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