The Curious Mister Catesby : A ""Truly Ingenious"" Naturalist Explores New Worlds, Hardback Book

The Curious Mister Catesby : A ""Truly Ingenious"" Naturalist Explores New Worlds Hardback

Edited by E. Charles Nelson, David J. Elliott

Part of the A Wormsloe Foundation Nature Book series


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.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 456 pages, 238 colour paintings, illustrations, photographs and maps
  • Publisher: University of Georgia Press
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  • Category: History of science
  • ISBN: 9780820347264


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