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Voyages of Discovery

A Visual Celebration of Ten of the Greatest Natural History Expeditions
Rice, A. L. (Book - 2008)
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A rare and beautiful selection of works handpicked from the vast archives of London's Natural History Museum. "The book's greatest contribution is to showcase the work of the artists who, usually under very difficult circumstances, so brilliantly served science and opened Western eyes to new worlds." - School Library Journal (on the original edition) Voyages of Discovery is a mesmerizing visual survey of the most significant discoveries in the history of natural science exploration. Superb artwork and photographs spanning three centuries document landmark advances made in the field and bring to life the fascinating stories of the explorers, naturalists, artists and photographers. The book is fully illustrated in color with informative text and captions. Highlights include: Sir Hans Sloane's 1687 voyage to Jamaica, where he collected and recorded plant specimens, including cocoa, which are preserved to this day Maria Sybilla Merian's personal journey to Surinam in 1699, where in brilliant detail she recorded butterflies and exotic insects Charles Darwin's fateful trip to the Galapagos Islands, on which he cataloged finches and fossils William Bartram's fanciful documentation of North American wildlife Matthew Flinders' mapping of Australia, where he was accompanied by Ferdinand Bauer, perhaps the greatest of all natural science artists. The Natural History Museum in London has the world's most comprehensive collection of natural science specimens and artworks. Voyages of Discovery offers readers a privileged opportunity to explore that collection.
Authors: Rice, A. L.
Title: Voyages of discovery
a visual celebration of ten of the greatest natural history expeditions
Publisher: Buffalo, N.Y. : Firefly Books (U.S.), 2008
Characteristics: 335 p. :,ill. (chiefly col.), maps ;,26 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Tony Rice ; introduction by David Bellamy
Contents: Introduction
The art of nature
Voyage to Jamaica / Hans Sloane
Surveying Ceylon / Paul Hermann, Johan Gideon Loten & Pieter de Bevere
Sojourn to Surinam / Maria Sibylla Merian
Travels in North America / William Bartram
Pacific crossing / James Cook, Joseph Banks & Sydney Parkinson
Return to the South Seas / James Cook, Johann & George Forster
Charting Australia / Matthew Flinders & Ferdinand Bauer
Sailing with the Beagle / Charles Darwin
Amazonia and beyond / Alfred Russel Wallace & Henry Walter Bates
Fathoming the deep / The Challenger Expedition
ISBN: 1554074142
Branch Call Number: 508.09 R495vv 2008
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 330-331) and index
Subject Headings: Voyages around the world Natural history History
Topical Term: Voyages around the world
Natural history
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A wide range of sketches, drawings, paintings, diagrams and maps showcase ten scientific surveys and expeditions, some little known, which took place from the 17th through the 19th centuries.

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