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Cultures of Natural History Paperback – January 26, 1996
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"...an authoritative new book which reviews the progress of European natural history from the 16th century...to the late 19th century...represents much of the recent research and scholarship in the field of natural history...abundantly illustrated with relevant diagrams, engravings and drawings from many classical sources." The Times Higher Education Supplement
"...this book provides an excellent basis for new explorations of natural history as overlapping and changing cultures." Joy Harvey, Journal of the History of Biology
This lavishly illustrated volume is the first systematic general work to do justice to the fruits of recent scholarship in the history of natural history. Public interest in this lively field has been stimulated by environmental concerns and through links with the histories of art, collecting and gardening. Twenty-four essays, written at an accessible level, cover the period from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century. The book includes suggestions for further reading, and highlights the relevance of history for current debates on museum practice, ecological diversity, and the environment.
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