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The Curious Mister Catesby: A ""Truly Ingenious"" Naturalist Explores New Worlds - A Wormsloe Foundation Nature Book (Hardback)
  • The Curious Mister Catesby: A ""Truly Ingenious"" Naturalist Explores New Worlds - A Wormsloe Foundation Nature Book (Hardback)

The Curious Mister Catesby: A ""Truly Ingenious"" Naturalist Explores New Worlds - A Wormsloe Foundation Nature Book (Hardback)

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Hardback 456 Pages / Published: 30/12/2014
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In 1712, English naturalist Mark Catesby (1683-1749) crossed the Atlantic to Virginia. After a seven-year stay, he returned to England with paintings of plants and animals he had studied. They sufficiently impressed other naturalists that in 1722 several Fellows of the Royal Society sponsored his return to North America. There Catesby catalogued the flora and fauna of the Carolinas and the Bahamas by gathering seeds and specimens, compiling notes, and making watercolour sketches. Going home to England after five years, he began the twenty-year task of writing, etching, and publishing his monumental The Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands.

Mark Catesby was a man of exceptional courage and determination combined with insatiable curiosity and multiple talents. Nevertheless no portrait of him is known. The international contributors to this volume review Catesby's biography alongside the historical and scientific significance of his work. Ultimately, this lavishly illustrated volume advances knowledge of Catesby's explorations, collections, artwork, and publications in order to reassess his importance within the pantheon of early naturalists.

Publisher: University of Georgia Press
ISBN: 9780820347264
Number of pages: 456
Weight: 1851 g
Dimensions: 279 x 203 x 31 mm

The Curious Mister Catesby is an absorbing blend of early colonial history in the American Southeast and the Bahamas, with the rich fauna and flora the settlers freshly contained. Catesby emerges as one of the first true naturalists of the New World.--Edward O. Wilson, University Professor Emeritus of Entomology, Harvard University
The Curious Mr. Catesby is important for the history of natural history as it offers so much to know and understand about this interesting man and his contributions to natural history.--Charles Tancin "Huntia "

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