The library at the end of the world: natural science and its illustrators.

The library at the end of the world: natural science and its illustrators. Anita Hansen, Margaret Davies.
The library at the end of the world: natural science and its illustrators.

Hobart: The Royal Society of Tasmania, 2014. Quarto, colour illustrations, laminated boards.

The artworks for this book are selected from the volumes held in the Rare Books Collection of The Royal Society of Tasmania Library. This book looks at the science behind the magnificent volumes examined, but also considers the artist who created the beautiful images. The volume starts with an historical overwiew and is divided into sections on vascular plants, lichens, orchids, crustaceans, insects, fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals with introductions from expects in those fields. Artists represented are Sydney Parkinson (1745-1771), James Sowerby (1757-1822), Robert David Fitzgerald (1830-1892), John Curtis (1791-1862), Sarah Stone (c.1761-1844), Elizabeth Gould (1804-1841) John Lewin (1770-1819) and many others. Also available in paperback [stock id 37467].

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