History Reference Books
Nature, Mark Catesby's New World Vision
in 1747, Mark Catesby's Natural History of Carolina, Florida
and the Bahama Islands was the first major illustrated
publication on the flora and fauna of Britain's American Colonies.
Catesby's Natural History exerted an important, often overlooked,
influence on the development of art, natural history, and scientific
observation in the eighteenth century. Collectively, these essays
help point the way toward a more comprehensive understanding
of the man whose concerns and pursuits are particularly useful
in clarifying the multiple functions of the natural sciences
as they were practiced in relation to the building of empire
in the first half of the eighteenth century.
HARDCOVER: 7 x 10 in
By Amy R.W. Meyers & Margaret Beck Pritchard
Published in 1998 by the Omohundro Institute of Early American
History and Culture & the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation,
by UNC Press, Chapel Hill & London.
Birds of Colonial America
lovely and informative volume, Alan Feduccia preserves the pathbreaking
work of Mark Catesby, the English naturalist and illustrator
who founded natural history and bird art in America. First published
by UNC Press in 1985, the book features all 109 bird illustrations,
20 color plates, and the entire text from Catesby's pioneering
Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama
Islands. Annotating Catesby's writings from a modern perspective,
Feduccia discusses the perception of each species during the
Colonial period, comments on its habits, and compares Catesby's
observations with those of such other early naturalists as John
White, John Lawson, Alexander Wilson, and John James Audubon.
SOFTCOVER: 10 x 12 in
Edited by Alan Feduccia, Foreward by Russell W Peterson
Published in 1985 by UNC Press
of the Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama
Islands containing two hundred and twenty figures of birds,
beasts, fishes, serpents, insects and plants by the late Mark
Catesby, F.R.S. with an introduction by George Frick and notes
by Joseph Ewan.
HARDCOVER: 20 x 14 in
108 pages; 220 B/W Illustrations
Published in 1974 by Beehive Press, Savannah, GA
- Edition #12/30 for the Walpole Society. Very Good to Excellent
Condition. Contains two loose reproduction plates: Plate #16,
"Largest White-Billed Woodpecker" (Ivory Woodpecker)
and Plate #27, "Mockingbird with Pink Dogwood".
- Very Good to Excellent Condition. Contains two loose reproduction
plates: Plate #17, "Large-Crested Woodpecker" and
Plate #23, "Passenger Pigeon".
Curious Mister Catesby (DVD)
artist, part adventurer, part scientist, Englishman Mark Catesby
(1683-1749) wasa pioneering figure in the scientific exploration
of the New World. Begun more than 50 years before the American
Revolution, his Natural History of Carolina, Florida and
the Bahama Islands was the first fully illustrated study
of North American flora and fauna. This film includes spectacular
Catesby wildlife illustrations and action interviews at the
Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, the Royal Society
and the Natural History Museum in London as well gorgeous
footage of South Carolina's Lowcountry. It is enhanced by
an original score of contemporary music played on period instruments.
Project advisors include almost all members of the academic
community on both sides of the Atlantic who are recognized
experts on Catesby's art and science.
DVD - 53 minutes
A film by Cynthia Neal and David Elliott
Art of the Garden: Collecting Antique Botanical Prints
reference, this gorgeous book documents the magnificent botanical
prints produced by notable artists of the 17th century through
the turn of the 20th centuries. Celebrated artists include Basil
Besler, Maria Sybilla Merian, Mark Catesby, Georg Ehret, George
Brookshaw, Robert John Thornton, Pierre Joseph Redoute, and
many others. Illustrated with over 300 full-color images of
original and valuable botanical prints,, this book fills a void
in the literature, as few good botanical references remain in
print. The text recounts the fascinating lives and passions
of the artists and their patrons, the technical advances in
printmaking, and the history and cultural influences that shaped
the depiction of flowers, plants, and trees. Also discussed
are many variables affecting the values of original antique
botanical prints including condition, rarity, historical significance,
and aesthetic appeal. A range of prices is included to guide
you in your collecting and a section on framing, displaying
and proper storage makes this an indispensable reference.
HARDCOVER: 12 x 10 in
288 pgs, 300 colored images
By Denise DeLaurentis and Hollie Powers Holt
Published in 2006 by Schiffer Publishing Ltd.