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Posted by Rita Dockery Sep 30, 2010
New books added to the Library collection

Please find below recently arrived additions to the Library collection. These books are now on display in the Main Reading Room or the Botany Reading Room (for all Botany titles).  You are welcome to make an appointment to use them.


Plant list for Northwest Corfu / compiled by Lance Chilton
Hunstanton, UK : Marengo Publications, 2010.

Zhongguo luo zi zhi wu mu cai zhi = Atlas of gymnosperms woods of China / Jiang Xiaomei, Cheng Yeming, Yin Yafang deng bian zhu.
Beijing : Ke xue chu ban she, 2010.

The Northwest European pollen flora. IX / editors W.Punt ... [et al.]
Amsterdam ; London : Elsevier, 2009.

O género Frullania Raddi (Hepaticae) em Portugal e na Madeira [Texte imprimé] : estudo biossistemático e ecológico / Maria Manuela Pinheiro Sim-Sim Lopes.
[S.l.] : [s.n.], 1995.

Atlas of the bryophytes of South Hampshire / R. C. Stern
Newbury : Pisces Publications, 2010.

Flora Algarum Ucrainicae, Volumen 12, Streptophyta : Fasciculus 1. Familia Mesotaeniaceae / G.M. Palamar-Mordvintseva, O.A. Petlovany.
Kiev : Academia Scientiarium Ucrainicae, Nationale Institutum Botanicae Nomine M.G. Cholodnii, 2009.

Jing jie hua ke di fen lei he xi tong xue yan jiu / Zhu Yu Ping.
Classification and systematics of the Stachyuraceae
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Institute of Botany, Beijing, 2006.


British butterflies : a history in books / Dunbar, David
London : The British Library; 2010

The Staphylinidae (rove beetles) of Britain and Ireland. Part 5, Scaphidiinae, Piestinae, Oxytelinae / Lott, Derek A.
Shrewsbury : published for the Royal Entomological Society (St. Albans), by the Field Studies Council, c2009

Spider silk : evolution and 400 million years of spinning, waiting, snagging, and mating / Brunetta, Leslie
Collingwood, Vic. : CSIRO Publishing, 2010

A treatise on the Western Hemisphere Caraboidea (Coleoptera) : their classification, distributions, and ways of life. Volume II, (Carabidae - Nebriliformes.  2, Cicindelitae) / Erwin, Terry L
Sofia : Pensoft ; 2008

Butterflies of the world = Schmetterlinge der Erde. Supplement 18, The genus <Morpho>  / Schäffler, Oliver
Keltern : Goeke & Evers; 2010

Butterflies of the world = Schmetterlinge der Erde.  Part 27,  Nymphalidae XIII, <Vindula> / Casteleyn, Dirk
Haywards Heath, Sussex : Hillside Books, 2008

Butterflies of the World = .Schmetterlinge der Erde. Part 18, Nymphalidae. 8, Lexias / Casteleyn, Dirk
Keltern, Germany ; Canterbury, UK : Goecke & Evers ; Hillside Books, 2004

Papillons de jour : Rhopalocères et zygènes : Atlas de Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur / Bence, Stéphane
Turriers : Naturalia Publications, 2009

The butterflies of Britain & Ireland / Thomas, Jeremy
Gillingham : British Wildlife, 2010


Evolution & ethics / Thomas Henry Huxley ; edited and with a new introduction by Michael Ruse.
Princeton : Princeton University Press, c2009.

Natural History at Bootham : the early years : in celebration of the founding of the Natural History Society at Bootham School in 1834 / compiled and edited by Bridget Morris, David Robinson and Barry Smith : illustrated from the earliest volumes of the Observer and the Natural History Journal
York: Bootham School in association with The Sessions Book Trust, 2009.

The natural history of Bournemouth and the surrounding area / written by members of the Bournemouth Natural Science Society ; edited by Ray Chapman.
Salisbury [England] : Wessex Books, 2009.

Field guide to wildlife of the Gambia : an introduction to common flowers & animals / by David Penney.
Manchester, UK : Siri Scientific Press, c2009.

Progress in the oceanographic knowledge of Chilean interior waters, from Puerto Montt to Cape Horn / editors: Nelson Silva, Sergio Palma
Valparaíso, Chile : Comité Oceanográfico Nacional, c2008.

South Indian paintings : a catalogue of the British Museum's collections / by Anna L. Dallapiccola.
London : British Museum, 2010.

Hidden histories of exploration : researching the RGS-IBG collections / Felix Driver and Lowri Jones
London : Royal Holloway, 2009.

The new foundations of evolution : on the tree of life / Jan Sapp.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009.

Envisioning future academic library services : initiatives, ideas and challenges / edited by Sue McKnight.
London : Facet, 2010.


The evolution of primary sexual characters in animals / edited by Janet L. Leonard, Alex Córdoba-Aguilar.
New York : Oxford University Press, 2010.

Parasitology research in Africa : proceedings of an IFS Workshop, Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso, 6-10 November 1995.
Stockholm : International Foundation for Science, 1996

Uganda adventures : the Foster brothers' adventures in Uganda and how they fared later in Kenya / Hugh G. Foster with Part II written by Francis J. Foster
[Nairobi] : Francis J Foster, 2009

Reproductive biology of <Alcyonidium mytili Dalyell> (Bryozoa: Ctenostomatida) /Pete Cadman
Thesis (PhD) -- University of Wales 1995

Primates of West Africa : pocket Identification guide / John F Oates ; illustrated by Stephen D. Nash ; series editors: Russell A. Mittermeier & Anthony B. Rylands
Arlington, VA : Conservation International, 2010.

Nautilus : the biology and paleobiology of a living fossil : reprint with additions / edited by W. Bruce Saunders and Neil H. Landman.
Dordrecht : Springer, 2010.

Catalogue of the freshwater mollusc collection of Prof. V. I. Zdun in the Zoological Museum of LNU / I. Franka
L'viv : Vyd. Tsentr LNU im. I. Franka, 2008

Monitoring and control of macrofouling mollusks in fresh water systems / Gerald L. Mackie, Renata Claudi.
Boca Raton : CRC Press, 2010.

A field guide to the reptiles of south-east Asia : Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, Sumatra, Borneo, Java, Bali / Indraneil Das ; illustrated by Robin Budden ... [et al.].
London : New Holland, 2010.

Wilson Bentley (1865-1931) - the snowflake man


Whilst it's not quite time to be thinking or even wishing for snow, 145 years ago the "Snowflake Man" aka Wilson Bentley was born and each and every year he would excitedly wait for the onset of winter and the first snowfall.  Born in Jericho, Vermont in 1865, Wilson Alwyn Bentley became the first person to photograph snow crystals and in doing so, demonstrated that "no two snowflakes are alike".


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A talented musician, he grew up on a farm where he laboured hard and nurtured a keen curiosity and interest in the natural world. It was the gift of a microscope on his fifteenth birthday that was to start an obsession with all things microscopic and in particular the beauty of snow crystals; "the building blocks of snowflakes" (Blanchard, 1998).  Bentley spoke of snowflakes being the "miracles of beauty" in that "every crystal was a masterpiece of design; and no one design was ever repeated" and so ultimately when a snowflake melted, the design would be lost forever.


By modifying a bellows camera and a new microscope, Bentley caught and photographed thousands of snow crystals and in doing so was to become a pioneer of early photomicrography. With his camera-microscope assembly set up in the family farm's woodshed, he would go out in every snow storm he could to collect snow crystals worthy of photography and then rush back to photograph them (being very careful not to breathe on them so they wouldn't melt!). Quite remarkably, Wilson at the tender age of nineteen was to produce the world's first photomicrographs of snow crystals.


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This volume of 355 vintage micro-photographs of snow crystals was purchased by the Trustees of the Museum in 1899.  Accompanying some of the pages there is reference to the date of which "great storm" the photographs were taken in, the outside temperature and also the wind direction; others contain notes on the crystallography and structure of the crystals. The original labels of these notes have been pasted in at the rear of the volume. One label even contains a Knoxville post mark dated 9.30PM, April 15, 1899.


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Interestingly, Bentley never copyrighted his work and sold many of his glass plates to schools and colleges for a minimal price in order to share the wonders of what he had recorded.


Andrea Hart, Assistant Librarian


References & further reading


Bentley, W. A. (1899) A series of twenty-one sets of (355) micro-photographs of snow-crystals taken during the winters of 1885-1899, Vermont USA. 74 leaves.


Bentley, W. A. (1903) Studies among the snow crystals during the winter of 1901-02, with additional data collected during previous winters. Monthly weather review and annual summary, Vol.30, pp.607-616.


Bentley, W. A. & Humphreys, W. J. (1931, cop. 1962) Snow crystals. New York: Dover Publications. 227pp.


Blanchard, D. C. (1998) The snowflake man: a biography of Wilson A. Bentley. Virginia: The McDonald & Woodward Publishing Company. 237pp.


Jericho Historical Society : The Official Snowflake Bentley website. Accessed 27th September 2010.


New buys

Posted by Rita Dockery Sep 21, 2010

New books recently added to the Library collection


Anthropology / Palaeontology

The early modern human from Tianyuan Cave, China / Hong Shang and Erik Trinkaus.
College Station : Texas A&M University Press, 2010.


Lichens / William Purvis
London : Natural History Museum, 2010.


Chetvertichnye otlozheniia i rel'ef dolin Chui i Katuni / I.D. Zol'nikov, A.A. Mistriukov
Novosibirsk : Parallel', 2008


Dinosaur doctor : the life of Gideon Mantell / by Edmund Critchley.
Stroud : Amberley, 2010.


The forest primeval : the geologic history of wood and petrified forests / Leo J. Hickey.
New Haven, Conn. : Peabody Museum of Natural History, Yale University, 2003.


Plants in Mesozoic time : morphological innovations, phylogeny, ecosystems / edited by Carole T. Gee.
Bloomington : Indiana University Press, 2010.




Ethnobotany and medicinal plants of India and Nepal. Volume 3 / edited by V. Singh
Jodhpur : Scientific Publishers, 2009.


Proceedings of the Second World Seed Conference : Responding to the challenges of a changing world : the role of new plant varieties and high quality seed in agriculture
Geneva : FAO, [2010].


A guide to growing carnivorous plants / The Carnivorous Plant Society
Hampshire : The Carnivorous Plant Society, 2010.


Flowers of the Norfolk Broads / Simon Harrap.
Edgefield, Norfolk : Simon Harrap, 2010.


Wild flowers of the Victoria Falls area / Helen Pickering and Evelyn Roe.
London : Helen Pickering, 2009.


An illustrated checklist of the flora of Qatar / John Norton, Sara Abdul Majid, Debbie Allan, Mohammed Al Safran, Benno Böer & Renee Richer.
Gosport, UK : Browndown Publications, 2009.


Specimens of the plants collected in the Imperial Palace and the Imperial Villas. Part III, Sympetalae (Diapensiaceae - Compositae)
Tsukuba City : Showa Memorial Institute, 2010.


Specimens of the plants collected in the Imperial Palace and the Imperial Villas. Part IV, Monocotyledonae, Gymnospermae, and Pteridophyta
Tsukuba City : Showa Memorial Institute, 2010.




Checklist of legally protected British species : fauna & flora protected by British and international legal instruments arranged alphabetically by scientific and common English names / compiled by Christopher J. Betts.
Worcester, UK : Christopher Betts-Environmental Biology, 2008.


Ireland's ocean : a natural history / Michael Viney & Ethna Viney.
Cork : Collins, 2008.


Development of taxonomic capacity in Central America / edition, Alvaro Herrera ; Global Taxonomic Initiative, Convention on Biological Diversity = Deasarrollo de la capacidad taxonómica en América Central / eitor; Alvaro Herrra ; Iniciativa Mundial en Taxonómia, Convenio sobre la Diversidad Biológica
Costa Rica: Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad, 2002.


Ecuador : Territorio Cofan Dureno / editores: Randall Borman ... [et al.]
Chicago, Ill. : Field Museum, Environmental and Conservation Programs, 2007.


A birdstuffer's library : a 19th century naturalist's library / Joan Webb
Sydney : The Author, 2009.


Darwin : l'arbre de vie / Barbara Continenza.
Paris : Belin, 2009.


Darwin in Scotland : Edinburgh, evolution and enlightenment / J.F. Derry.
Dunbeath : Whittles, 2009.


Amber : the natural time capsule / Andrew Ross.
London : Natural History Museum, 2010.


Sustaining digital resources : an on-the-ground view of projects today : Ithaka case studies in sustainability / Nancy L. Maron, K. Kirby Smith and Matthew Loy ; with a foreword by Kevin Guthrie and Laura Brown.
New York, NY : Ithaka S+R, [2009]


Ornithology (Tring)


The jewel hunter / Chris Gooddie
Old Basing, Hants: Wildguides, 2010




Citizens of the sea : wonderous creatures from the census of marine life / Nancy Knowlton.
Washington, D.C. : National Geographic Society, 2010.


Sharks and rays of Borneo / Peter R. Last ... [et al.].
Collingwood: CSIRO Publishing, 2010.


Indonesian primates / edited by Sharon Gursky-Doyen, Jatna Supriatna.
New York : Springer, 2010.


Marine mammal ecology and conservation : a handbook of techniques / edited by Ian L. Boyd, W. Don Bowen, Sara J. Iverson.
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2010.


Molluscs of the Urals and the adjacent areas. The family Lymnaeidae (Gastropoda, Pulmonata, Lymnaeiformes) / I.M. Khokhutkin, M.V. Vinarskii, M.E. Grebennikov
Ekaterinburg : Goshchitskii, 2009


De amfibieën en reptielen van Nederland / eds Raymond C.M. Creemers, Jeroen J.C.W. van Delft
Leiden : Nationaal Natuurhistorisch Museum Naturalis , 2009.


Timber rattlesnakes in Vermont and New York : biology, history, and the fate of an endangered species / Jon Furman.
Hanover : University Press of New England, 2007.