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The Library & Archives will be closed to visitors during Monday 14th - Friday 18th November 2011.

 

The staff will be working away behind the scenes, conducting a stock audit.

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Professor Kapil Raj of the L'École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS),

is an eminent historian of intercultural encounters and the making of modern science. He has been conducting a three month review of South Asian natural history drawing collections held at the Natural History Museum, London, (NHM), the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (RBGK) and the British Library (BL) as part of The World Collections Programme (WCP) funded project, Wallich and Indian Natural History.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Judith Magee (Special Collections Curator), Prof. Kapil Raj and Julie Harvey (Centre Manager, CAHR)

 

Wallich and Indian Natural History focuses on the dispersed collections of Nathaniel Wallich (1785–1854), Superintendent of the Calcutta Botanical Garden for the East India Company from 1817 to 1846. Through research and digitisation, the project reunites Wallich’s dispersed collections from the holdings of the project partners. A significant strand of project activity is the survey of collateral South Asian natural history drawing collections held at the partner institutions.

 

Hosted by the Centre for Arts and Humanities Research (CAHR) Kapil has worked with the Library Special Collections Curator and Library staff to study key botanical and zoological watercolour collections from 1690-1900. Assessing and quantifying the richness and inter-connectivity of these historically and scientifically important collections, Kapil has identified many individual artworks and collections for further research.

These works represent the desire of private individuals and of the East India Company to collect, classify and exploit the natural resources of the region.

 

 

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The South Asian natural history collections housed in the NHM Library are rich and diverse in content. Each collection has a unique and fascinating history which encompasses its creation, the artists and their methodologies, subsequent ownership, use and exploitation, curatorial methods and conservation.


Through the survey, Kapil has been fascinated to discover the range of subjects depicted: not only flora and fauna, but insects and fish - a very comprehensive natural history of South Asia, dating from the eighteenth to the twentieth century. This is important not only for the history of science and art, but also of cultural encounters.

 

 

                             

 

                        

 

 

 

 

                             

 

 

 

 

                        

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A significant highlight is a Banksian manuscript containing 228 watercolour drawings: Hortus Malabaricus. A beautiful eighteenth century Portuguese text depicting Indian plants and their medicinal properties with recipes for curing various ailments. It was given the title Hortus Malabaricus by museum curators; the true title, ‘Declaracao da aruores...Plantas’ and the rest of the text will be translated from Portuguese to enable a better understanding of this intriguing manuscript.

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A volume from the Sykes collection

 

The William Sykes material discovered in the Library Special Collections contains beautiful illustrations and fascinating insights into the history of agriculture in India.

 

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An exxample of two pages from the Sykes collection

 

William Sykes (1790-1872) had a successful career in the East India Company army: arriving in India in 1804, and rising to Lieutenant Colonel by 1831.  In 1824 he was appointed statistical reporter for the Bombay Government, and charged with conducting a statistical survey of the Decan region. Sykes spent seven years travelling through India, observing and collecting information which resulted in a report including information on the flora and fauna of the region, as well as agricultural implements and practices. Travelling with Sykes was a young Bombardier from the Bombay Artillery, Llewellyn Fidlor, who had been assigned to Sykes as his draughtsman and artist. Fidlor produced some beautiful drawings to accompany the report.

 

These twenty one volumes of text and illustrations form the perfect collection for further work.

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Friday night (23rd) was a roaring success for the Museum.

 

The Science Uncovered event saw the Museum filled with people of all ages up until 11pm. Both our South

Kensington and Tring sites took part. This was part of the European Researchers' Night 2011.

 

The Library & Archives staff had the opportunity to play their role this year, and what fun we had!

 

Our team of staff ran tours behind the scenes, in the Central Hall, and in our Images of Nature art gallery at South Kensington. We had a wonderful response from those members of the public who visited both the South Kensington and Tring sites.

 

 

 

 

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Special collections behind the scenes

Every half an hour between4pm and 9.30pm we gave tours behind the scenes, with a display of nineteen items from our special collections, including the first edition of Darwin's 'On the origin of species' (1859), watercolours by Ferdinand Bauer, an early printed herbal (1491), ephemera relating to travelling menagerie's, and William Hamilton's 'Campi Phlegræi' (1779).

 

Visitors were given an overview of the items on display, and then our Assistant Librarians picked some of their personal favourites. There was a chance to look closer at the collection and ask lots of questions!

 

 

 

 

All relaxed in the art gallery

A team of Library staff were ready and waiting for visitors passing through the newest gallery in the NHM, Images of Nature, which opened in January 2011. They mingled with visitors who came with different levels of interest in art, including some who started with no interest in spending time in an art gallery, but who ended up staying and listening intently! There was a really relaxed atmosphere, with people circulating with drinks and nibbles.

 

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Getting to know illustration at Tring

Our Assistant Librarian at Tring ran six sessions on the theme of natural history Illustration from Gutenberg to the end of the 19th century, featuring material from the extensive Library of Lionel Walter Rothschild, and using the literature of ornithology as examples.

 

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Bringing the building alive

 

The Archives team gave eight guided tours starting at Dippy's tail at the main entrance, up the stairs past Darwin, along to the Mineralogy Gallery, and finally stopping the giant sequoia at the heady height of the Central Hall. The staff brought the architecture of our fantastic building alive, telling tales about the Museum's history to around eighty people.

 

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Some of the comments from staff involved:

 

"...I spoke to a couple who were very interested in digitisation, which lead on to BHL, and a discussion about copyright and the unknown future of digital preservation."

 

"...it was nice to talk about what we are up to, and many of the visitors said they really appreciated the opportunity."

 

"...really interesting to hear the different things that the visitors found appealing. For some it was the colours of the Bauer watercolours. Someone else was curious about the reconstructions of the 1950's Parker illustrations of dinosaurs compared to today’s."

 

" ...it was great to be involved with, but completely exhausting!"

 

"...lots of my tour attendees said how interesting they found the information I gave them. Many of them were clearly making the most of the event by booking on several tours."

 

"...one young couple said the Library visit was 'more interesting than they expected!'"

 

"...after my talk I was asked by a lady what an average day for me was like in the Library, because it sounded really interesting! I was rather chuffed."

 

 

All for free, now there's a bargain! Great work everyone, and thank you all for coming and taking part.

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The Library catalogue is available online at www.nhm.ac.uk/library


If you wish to view these or any other items, please contact the library to arrange an appointment library@nhm.ac.uk or 020 7942 5460

 

 

Anthropology / Palaeontology 

 

 

Hambledon Hill, Dorset, England : excavation and survey of a Neolithic monument complex and its surrounding landscape / Roger Mercer and Frances Healy ; with contributions by Michael J. Allen ... [et al.] ; and principal illustrations by Silvia Stevenson and John Borland ; further illustrations by Martin Bell ... [et al.].

Swindon : English Heritage, 2008 [i.e. 2009]

A 2 q HAM Vol. 1

A 2 q HAM Vol. 2

 


Botany


Flora del Bajío y de regiones adyacentes. Fasciculo 171, Familia Celastraceae / por María Eugenia Molinia-Paniagua y Francisco G. Lorea-Hernández

Pátzcuaro, Michoacán : Instituto deEcología A.C., Centro Regional del Bajío, 2011.

581.9(79P9) FLO

 

 

Flora del Bajío y de regiones adyacentes. Fasciculo 170, Familia Viscaceae / por Jerzy Rzedowski y Graciela Calderón de Rzedowski

Pátzcuaro, Michoacán : Instituto deEcología A.C., Centro Regional del Bajío, 2011.

581.9(79P9) FLO

 

 

Realizing nature's potential : Proceedings of the William L. Brown Symposium honoring Dr. Gordon Cragg / Bruce E. Ponman and James S. Miller, editors.

St. Louis, Mo. : Missouri Botanical Garden, 2011.

615.10 REA

 

 

XVIII International Botanical Congress IBC2011, Melbourne, Australia, 23-30 July 2011, Melbourne Congress and Exhibition Centre. Nomenclature Section, 17-22 July 2011, University of Melbourne : Abstract book & CD-ROM

[Melbourne : IBC2011 Organising Committee, 2011].

58:061.3 IBC Q

 

 

Zhong guo chang jian dan shui fu you zao lei tu pu / Weng jian zhong, xu heng sheng.

[Atlas of common freshwater planktonic algae in China]

Shang hai : Shang hai ke xue ji zhu chu ban she, 2010.

ALGAE 582.26(28:5) WEN

 

 

Helan Shan tai xian zhi wu / Bai Xueliang deng bian zhu.

[Helan Mountain bryophytes]

Yinchuan Shi : [S.l.] Ningxia ren min chu ban she, 2010.

BRYOPHYTES 582.32(5) BAI

 

 

Flora of Australia. Volume 39, Alismatales to Arales / editor : Annette Wilson

Canberra : Australian Biological Resources Study ; Collingwood, Vic. : CSIRO Publishing, 2011.

581.9(54) FLO

 

 

Flora of Ecuador. 225(7), Orchidaceae : Lepanthes and affliates / by Calaway H. Dodson and Carlyle A. Luer

Göteborg : Göteborg University. Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, 2011.

581.9(866) FLO

 


Entomology


Atlas of European millipedes. Vol.1, orders Polyxenida, Glomerida, Platydesmida, Siphonocryptida, Polyzoniida, Callipodida, Polydesmida / Kime, Richard Desmond

Sofia, Moscow ; Leiden : Pensoft; European Invertebrate Survey, 2011

ARACHNIDA 28 KIM

 

 

Illustrated identification guide to adults and larvae of northeastern North American ground beetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae) / Bousquet, Yves

Pensoft, 2010

DC COLEOPTERA B.123b

 

 

Chironomidae larvae of the Netherlands and adjacent lowlands : Biology and ecology of the Chironomini / Moller Pillot, Henk K. M.

Zeist : KNNV Publishing, 2009

DC DIPTERA M.80a

 

 

Chironomidae larvae : General ecology and Tanypodinae / Vallenduuk, Henk J

Zeist : KNNV Publishing, 2007

DC DIPTERA V.29

 

 

Révision des Anthene africains (Lepidoptera, Lycaenidae) / Libert, Michel

[Chênée] : Lambillionea; 2010

DC RHOPALOCERA L.37b

 

 

Les papillons de jour du Maroc : Guide d'identification et de bio-indication/ Tarrier, Michael R

Sofia ; Moscow : Pensoft  ; National Museum of Natural History, Sofia ; Bulgarian Academy of Mèze : Biotope, 2008

DC RHOPALOCERA T.47

 

 

General

 

 

Darwin's camera : art and photography in the theory of evolution / Phillip Prodger.

Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009.

L 9E o PRO

 

 

Tropical rainforest responses to climatic change / Mark B. Bush, John R. Flenley, and William D. Gosling (editors)

Berlin ; London : Springer, c2011.

L 10E o BUS

 

 

Molekulare Genetik / Rolf Knippers.

Stuttgart : Thieme, 2006

L 10H o KNI

 

 

Darwin in Cambridge / John van Wyhe.

Cambridge : Christ's College Cambridge, 2009.

L 96A o DAR C VAN

 

 

Digital information : order or anarchy? / edited by Hazel Woodward and Lorraine Estelle.

London : Facet Pub., 2010.

L L.C. 681.3 DIG

 

 

Scotland's marine atlas : information for the National Marine Plan.

Edinburgh : Scottish Government, 2011.

L REF N 72Ab SCO

 

 

Ornithology (Tring)

 

 

Advanced bird ID handbook: the Western Palearctic: covering all species and subspecies recorded in Britain, Europe, North Africa & the Middle East. / Nils van Duivendijk

London : New Holland, 2011.

ORNITHOLOGY 72 DUI     

                  

 

Atlas ptica grabljivica Srbije : mape rasprostranjenosti i procene populacija 1977-1996 = Atlas of birds of prey of Serbia : their breeding distribution and abundance 1977-1996 / Slobodan Puzovi*c ; saradnici, Bratislav Gruba*c ... [et al.].

Beograd : Zavod za zaštitu prirode Srbije, 2000.

ORNITHOLOGY 72N PUZ   

                   

 

Birds of Wyoming / [Douglas W. Faulkner].

Greenwood Village, Colo. : Roberts and Co., c2010.

ORNITHOLOGY 75C/51 FAU

                   

 

An examination of reptile and amphibian populations in gardens, the factors influencing garden use and the role of a 'Citizen Science' approach for monitoring their populations within this habitat  / authors Elizabeth Humphreys ... [et al.]

Thetford, Norfolk : British Trust for Ornithology ; 2011.

ORNITHOLOGY S 103 M     

                 

 

Footprints on the sands of time : the life of Colonel Harry Morrey Salmon CBE MC DL DSc : eminent Welsh naturalist, conservationist, ornithologist, bird photographer and soldier / by Norman and Hugh Salmon.

Great Britain : N. and H. Salmon, c2011.

ORNITHOLOGY 96A SAL

                    

 

Nests : fifty nests and the birds that built them / by Sharon Beals ; introduction by Scott Weidensaul ; foreword by Jack Dumbacher and Maureen Flannery ; illustrations by Laurie Wigham.

San Francisco : Chronicle Books, [2011], ©2011.

EGG BEA                    

              

 

Obair gun duais? : Alasdair MacGilleMhìcheil a' tional ainmean Gàidhlig eun = A thankless task? : Alexander Carmichael as a collector of Gaelic bird names / Tristan Ap Rheinallt.

South Lochs : Islands Book Trust, 2010.

ORNITHOLOGY 96A CAR

                      

 

Vogelfedern an Nord- und Ostsee : finden und bestimmen / Hans-Heiner Bergmann

Wiebelsheim: Quelle & Meyer, 2010.

ORNITHOLOGY 11 BER                        

 

 


Zoology

 

 

Dublin Zoo : an illustrated history / Catherine de Courcy.

Cork : Collins, 2009.

Z 85B o DEC

 

 

From the Elementary School to the Academy : a meeting in honour of Kálmán Kittenberger

[S.l.] : OMVK, 2008

Z 96A o KIT

 

 

Colombian seashells from the Caribbean Sea / E. Y. Daccarett, Victor Sarmiento Bossio

Ancona : L'Informatore Piceno, 2011

Z MOLL 76A q DAC

 

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Hooke's microscope.

 

Although you may not know it, whether walking the streets of London, closing a window in Aberdeen, or sleeping on mattress in Berlin, Robert Hooke (1635-1703) has made your life a little easier. A geometrist, physicist, biologist, artist, inventor and architect, Hooke was a man with considerable talents. In fact, many have called him “England’s Leonardo”.

 

Born on the Isle of Wight in 1635, Hooke was originally destined to follow his father (a curate) into the church. However, his ongoing ill health led to a change in career plans, and Hooke was able to apply himself more fully to science. Educated at Westminster School and Oxford University, his abilities were soon recognised by a key natural philosopher of the day, Robert Boyle.

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It was through Boyle’s influence that in 1662 Hooke found a position to both utilise and develop his many talents, as the first Curator of Experiments at the Royal Society of London. In this role, and a very similar position at Gresham College, Hooke was responsible not just for devising and performing not just experiments, but also any equipment and tests required--keeping a dog alive by blowing through its lungs with bellows or proving the motion of

the Earth were all in a day’s work.

 

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The first person to recognise and explore cells, Hooke’s interest in the unseen was to lead to the publication of

his book Micrographia­­ in 1665. Micrographia, or the Physiological Descriptions of Minute Bodies, made by

Magnifying Glasses had an enormous impact both within and beyond the scientific community. Although microscopes and telescopes were used prior to Hooke’s time, his refinements of the compound microscope opened up a whole new world to the scientific eye.

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Micrographia explored these discoveries, in both words and pictures. Hooke’s exceptionally detailed engravings of cell-life were accompanied by a close-up of a fly’s eye, the point of a needle, a flea, and many other tiny life-forms never seen in such detail.

 

 

Mould under the microscope.

Mould.jpgSamuel Pepys described it in his diary as “the most ingenious book that ever I read in my life”[2]; The Royal Society states that the observations published “cannot but exceedingly please the curious reader[3]”; even 350 years later it is described as “the most important work on microscopy ever published[4]”.

 

After the Great Fire of London in 1666 Hooke was made one of the three official surveyors for rebuilding the city, working closely with Sir Christopher Wren to map and redesign damaged areas. The two also worked together in creating the 202ft column (known as the Monument) which doesn’t just commemorate the fire but is also designed to lend itself to a number of scientific experiments.

 

Hooke’s ability for original thinking was remarkable—his inventions include the sash window, the marine barometer, mattress springs, watch coils, the universal joint. However, it was his pioneering work in microscopy which perhaps stands as his greatest triumph.

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By Sharon Touzel (Assistant Librarian)
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[1] Pepys, S. (1665) http://www.pepysdiary.com/archive/1665/01/21/index.php (accessed 18/9/11)
[2] [Anon]. (1665) Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. No.2, 1665. pp.27-32. Royal Society of London:

London.

[3] Watson, W.P. (2011) [Catalogue 17: Science, Medicine, Natural History], pp.50-52. W.P. Watson :London.

[4] Hooke, R. (1665) Micrographia. Jo. Martin & Ja. Allestry : London.

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The Natural History Museum is running an European funded event tomorrow called Science Uncovered between 4pm - 11pm.

 

It is going to be even bigger and brighter than last year. Find out more and book yourself on a tour, including one behind the scenes to the Library. All for free!

 

Be part of it!

 

For more information click here

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The Library of the NHM at Tring is taking part in Science Uncovered during the evening of Friday 23rd September, from 6pm. The theme of the Library presentation is Natural History Illustration from Gutenberg to the end of the 19th century.  We will be featuring material from the extensive Library of Lionel Walter Rothschild and using the literature of ornithology for our examples.  Tickets for the six sessions (18.15, 18,45, 19.15, 20.15, 20.45, 21.15) are free and will be available on the evening from the Museum shop.  There are plenty of other activities on the night, see the website http://www.nhm.ac.uk/tring/whats-on/science-uncovered/index.html.

 

In London the Library is hosting a display of its treasures including Charles Darwin's 'On the origin of species' and items from the First Fleet voyage to Australia.  Details of this and other events in South Kensington can be found here http://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit-us/whats-on/science-uncovered-2011/index.html.

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Very exciting news.

 

The Natural History Museum's first book for the iPad, the 19th-century masterpiece The Birds of America by John James Audubon, is launched today.

 

Click for more information

 

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The Library catalogue is available online at www.nhm.ac.uk/library


If you wish to view these or any other items, please contact the library to arrange an appointment library@nhm.ac.uk or 020 7942 5460

 

 

Anthropology / Palaeontology


A geological excursion guide to the North-West Highlands of Scotland / edited by Kathryn M. Goodenough and Maarten Krabbendam.

Edinburgh : Edinburgh Geological Society : National Museums Scotland, 2011.

P 72Ab/1 o EDI

 

Leonard Horner : pioneering reformer / by Patrick O'Farrell

Edinburgh : Heriot-Watt University, 2010

P 92 o HOR

 

A woodland archaeology : Neolithic sites at Haddenham / by Christopher Evans & Ian Hodder ; with contributions from David Atkinson ... [et al.] ; principal illustrations by Crane Begg, Marc Berger & Andrew Hall.

Cambridge : McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge, c2006.

A 3 q EVA

 

Towards a new Stone Age : aspects of the Neolithic in south-east England / edited by Jonathan Cotton and David Field.

York : Council for British Archaeology, 2004.

A 3 q TOW


Botany

 

Index synonymique de la flore d'Afrique du Nord. Volume 2, Dicotyledoneae : Acanthaceae - Asteraceae / Alain Dobignard et Cyrille Chatelain ; avec la collab. de Markus Fischer, Joëlle Orso et Daniel Jeanmonod.

Genève : Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques, 2011.

581.9(61) DOB Q

 

Vanilla orchids : natural history and cultivation / Ken Cameron.

Portland, Or. : Timber Press, 2011.

582.4P169 CAM

 

Rothmaler - Exkursionsflora von Deutschland : Gefäpflanzen: Grundband / Hrsg. E.J. Jäger

Heidelberg, Neckar : Spektrum Akademischer Verlag, 2011.

EURO HERBARIUM 581.9(43) ROT

 

Trees of tropical Asia : an illustrated guide to diversity / James V. LaFrankie, Jr. ; with illustrations by the author ; supplemented with photographs by other regional biologists.

Philippines : Black Tree Publications, 2010.

581.9(5) LAF

 

Sravnitel'naia anatomiia semian. Tom 7, Dvudol'nye Lamiidae, Asteridae / redak. A. L. Takhtadzhiana

Comparative anatomy of seeds : Dicotyledons, Lamiidae, Asteridae

Sankt-Peterburg ; Petropoli : Nauka, 2010.

581.48 ANA

 

Pollination and floral ecology / Pat Willmer.

Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 2011.

581.16 WIL Q

 

Flora of Iran. No.69, Cistaceae / F. Gholamian

Iran : Ministry of Jihad-e-Agriculture, 2011.

581.9(55) PAR

 

Manual de plantas de Costa Rica. 5, Dicotiledóneas : (Clusiaceae - Gunneraceae) / B. E. Hammel ... [et al.]

St. Louis, Miss. : Missouri Botanical Garden, 2010.

581.9(79P9.86) MAN Q

 

 

Entomology

The superorganism : the beauty, elegance and strangeness of insect societies / Hölldobler, Bert

New York : W. W. Norton & Co., 2009

10G o HOL

 

Entomología del Parque Nacional Henri Pittier : Aragua, Venezuela / Osuna, Eduardo

Caracas : Fundación Polar, 2000

76B o OSU

 

Acarorum catalogus. 1, Acariformes: Calyptostomatoidea (Calyptostomatidae), Erythraeoidea (Smarididae, Erythraeidae) / Beron, PetÅ­r

Sofia ; Moscow : Pensoft  ; National Museum of Natural History, Sofia ; Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 2008

ARACHNIDA 29B BER

 

Wespen / Witt, Rolf

Oldenburg : Vademecum Verlag, 2009

DC HYMENOPTERA W.44a

 

 

General Natural History

 

The factory of life : why soil biodiversity is so important / European Commission, Enivronment.

Luxembourg : Office for Official Publications of the European Union, 2010.

L 10E o FAC

 

A strategy for the National Biodiversity Network 2010-2020 / NBN Trust

Nottingham : The Trust, 2010.

L 65A q NAT

 

Assessing biodiversity in Europe : the 2010 report / European Environment Agency.

Luxembourg : Office for Official Publications of the European Union, 2010.

L 72 q EUR

 

The science of Captain Scott's Terra Nova Expedition 1910-13 : a report on the Scott Exhibition Research Project of the Natural History Museum and the Scott Polar Research Institute / Beau Riffenburgh

[2010]

L 80 q RIF

 

Nature's interpreter : the life and times of Alexander von Humboldt / Donald McCrory.

Cambridge, UK : Lutterworth Press, 2010.

L 96A o HUM

 

The Times comprehensive atlas of the world. 13th ed.

London : Times Books, 2011.

L REFERENCE N 70 TIM – Straight to shelf; not displayed due to size

 

 

Zoology


Aquatic invertebrates of the Ganga River system / Hasko Nesemann

Kathmandu : H. Nesemann, 2007.

Z 73F q AQU

 

Compendium of Brazilian sea shells / Eliézer de Carvalho Rios.

Rio Grande : Editora Evangraf, 2009.

Z MOLLUSCA 76D q RIO

 

Shells of the Hawaiian Islands. The sea shells : the verifiable species and their described variants illustrated by 2828 images on 225 plates / by Mike Severns.

Hackenheim : ConchBooks, 2011.

Z MOLLUSCA 77E q SEV

 

Shells of the Hawaiian Islands. The land shells : the endemic land and freshwater species and their described variants illustrated by 3117 images and 363 maps on 186 plates / by Mike Severns.

Hackenheim : ConchBooks, 2011.

Z MOLLUSCA 77E q SEV

 

A handbook of Indian crocodiles / Madireddi V. Subba Rao

Delhi : B.R. Publishing Corporation, 2011.

Z REPTILES 73 SUB


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Anchoring Biodiversity Information: From Sherborn to the 21st century and beyond
Friday October 28th 2011, Flett Theatre, The Natural History Museum, London, UK

 

Overview: Charles Davies Sherborn provided the bibliographic foundation for current zoological nomenclature with his magnum opus Index Animalium. In the 43 years he spent working on this extraordinary resource, he anchored our understanding of animal diversity through the published scientific record. No work has equalled it since and it is still in current, and critical, use.

 

Until now, Sherborn’s contribution has been recognised by professional taxonomists worldwide but he has escaped the celebration of his accomplishment that is his due. We will hold a symposium in his honour in the 150th year of his birth here at the NHM, with an international panel of experts on bibliography and biodiversity bioinformatics, linking a view of the past with an active debate on the future of the related fields.

 

Note, a recent article in the Telegraph and the NHM house journal evolve begins the celebration of Sherborn in this anniversary year: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/8646534/Charles-Davies-Sherborn-the-Natural-History-Museums-magpie-with-a-card-index-mind.html

 

For more information please visit the Society for the History of Natural History website.

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The Library catalogue is available online at www.nhm.ac.uk/library


If you wish to view these or any other items, please contact the library to arrange an appointment library@nhm.ac.uk or 020 7942 5460

 

 

Anthropology / Palaeontology

 

Geological collectors & collecting : History of Geology Group Conference, 4-5 April, 2011, Flett Theatre, Natural History Museum, London

London : [Hogg : NHM], 2011

P 3 q HIS

 

 

 

Botany

 

Flora fanerogâmica da Ilha do Cardoso. vol.15, Leguminosae, Thymelaeaceae / Editorada por Maria Margarida da Rocha Fiuza de Melo ... [et al.]

São Paulo : Instituto de Botânica, 2010.

581.9(81) FLO

 

Manm¯o shokubutsu shashin shiry¯o korekushon = Collection of the photographs of plants in the former Manchuria and Mongolia area / by Tadashi Fujio.

Tokyo : University Museum, University of Tokyo, 2007.

581.9(518) FUJ

 

Catalogue of the type specimens preserved in the herbarium, Department of Botany, The University Museum, The University of Tokyo. Polygonaceae / Chong-Wook Park ... [et al.] = T¯oky¯o Daigaku S¯og¯o Kenky¯u Hakubutsukan shoz¯o shokubutsu taipu hy¯ohon mokuroku. Tade-ka / Boku Chin’iku ... [et al.].

Tokyo : The University Museum, The University of Tokyo, 2011.

58.005 TOK

 

Diatom flora in springs of Lód*z Hills (Central Poland) : Biodiversity, taxonomy, and temporal changes of epipsammic diatom assemblages in springs affected by human impact / by Joanna ·Zelazna-Wieczorek.

Ruggell, Liechtenstein : A.R.G. Gantner, 2011.

DIATOMS 582.261 MON

 

The smallest kingdom : plants and plant collectors at the Cape of Good Hope / Mike and Liz Fraser.

Richmond, Surrey : Kew, 2011.

93(68) FRA Q

 

Key for the ferns of Russia = Opredelitel' paporotnikov Rossii : 2-e iedanie, pererabotannoe i dopolnennoe / A. I. Shmakov.

2nd ed.

Barnaul : Artika, 2009.

FERNS 582.35(47) SHM

 

Flora of Iran. No.68, Schrophulariaceae / Sh. Saeidi-Mehrvarz ... [et al.]

Iran : Ministry of Jihad-e-Agriculture, 2011.

581.9(55) PAR

 

 

Entomology

Chinese Lady Beetles (subfamily Coccinellinae) / Yu, Guoyue

[Bei jing] : [Hua xue gong ye chu ban she], 2010

DC COLEOPTERA Y.7a

 

An annotated checklist of the larger moths of Stirlingshire, West Perthshire and Dunbartonshire / Knowler, John T

Glasgow : Glasgow Natural History Society, 2010

DC MACROLEPIDOPTERA K.64

 

Dragonflies of Kent : an account of their biology, history and distribution / Brook, J.

Kent Field Club, 2009

DC ODONATA B.33

 

The butterflies (Lepidoptera, Papilionoidea) of Dzhungar, Tien Shan, Alai and Eastern Pamirs Vol.2 / Toropov, S. A.

Bishkek : [Satento], 2009

DC RHOPALOCERA T.48

 

 

General 

 

Monograph of the Gonostomatidae and Kahliellidae (Ciliophora, Hypotricha) / Helmut Berger.

Dordrecht ; New York : Springer, c2011.

L 7 o MON

 

The culture of science education : its history in person / edited by Kenneth Tobin, Wolff-Michael Roth.

Rotterdam : Sense Pub., 2007.

L 8 o CUL

 

Pillars of evolution : fundamental principles of the eco-ecolutionary process / Douglas W. Morris and Per Lundberg.

Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2011.

L 10E o MOR

 

Phylogenetic trees made easy : a how-to manual / Barry G. Hall.

4th ed. Sunderland, Mass. : Sinauer Associates, c2011.

L 15 o HAL

 

A new approach to ecological education : engaging students' imaginations in their world / Gillian Judson.

New York : Peter Lang, c2010.

L 66A o JUD

 

A field guide to the seashores of Eastern Africa and the Western Indian Ocean islands / editor, Matthew D. Richmond

[Stockholm] : Sida : WIOMSA, 2011

L 79 o GUI

 

Life on air : memoirs of a broadcaster / David Attenborough.

London : BBC, 2010.

L 96A o ATT

 

 

Mineralogy

 

Plates vs. plumes : a geological controversy / Gillian R. Foulger.

Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.

550.347.6 FOU

 

The Langesundsfjord : history, geology, pegmatites, minerals / Alf Olav Larsen (ed.).

Salzhemmendorf : Bode, c2010.

(481) LAN

 

Pierre Bariand : mémoires d'un minéralogiste sans frontières / texte, Pierre Bariand ; photographies, Nelly & Pierre Bariand.

Saint-Julien-du Pinet : les éditions du Piat, [2008]

92 BAR

 

Ornithology (Tring)

The Black woodpecker: a monograph on <Dryocopus martius> / Gerard Gorman

Barcelona : Lynx, 2011.

ORNITHOLOGY 18(6) GOR                     

 

Kestrels for company / Gordon Riddle

Dunbeath : Whittles, 2011.

ORNITHOLOGY 18(1F) RID                    

 

The Norfolk bird atlas: summer and winter distributions 1999-2007 / Moss Taylor and John H. Marchant

Thetford, Norfolk : BTO, 2011.

ORNITHOLOGY 72Aa/9 TAY                    

 

'Where have all the heads gone?' and other questions from the avian faunal assemblage from Lucera Castle, Italy / by Julie M. Robinson

[Nottingham : University of Nottingham], 2008

ORNITHOLOGY 11 ROB                        

 

 

Zoology

Axioidea of the world and a reconsideration of the Callianassoidea (Decapoda, Thalassinidea, Callianassida) / by Katsushi Sakai.

Leiden : Brill, 2011.

(Crustaceana monographs ; 13)

Z CRUSTACEA 32B SAK

 

Studies on Malacostraca : Lipke Bijdeley Holthuis memorial volume / by Charles H.J.M. Fransen, Sammy De Grave, and Peter K.L. Ng (editors).

Leiden : Brill , 2010.

(Crustaceana monographs; 14)

Z CRUSTACEA 32D STU

 

Venomous reptiles of the United States, Canada, and northern Mexico. Volume 1, <Heloderma>, <Micruroides>, <Micrurus>, <Pelamis>, <Agkistrodon>, <Sistrurus>

/ Carl H. Ernst and Evelyn M. Ernst.

Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011

Z REPTILES 75 ERN

 

Gathering time : dating the early Neolithic enclosures of southern Britain and Ireland / Alasdair Whittle, Frances Healy and Alex Bayliss ; with contributions by Michael J. Allen ... [et al.].

2 Volumes

Oxford : Oxbow Books, 2011.

Z OSTEOLOGY 72A WHI


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Visitors to our main reading room, can now access wifi during their visit. Please ask staff on arrival.

 

For information about researching the Library & Archive collections at the NHM please visit the Library & Archives webpage.

 

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Eleanor Russell joined the Library & Archives team as our new Paper Conservator, on the 1st August.

 

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She was previously at the British Library specialising in art on paper. Prior to this she worked at the British Museum, the National Archives and the St. Paul's Cathedral architectural archives. Eleanor originally trained at Camberwell College of Art, gaining a BA Hons in Organic Conservation (e.g. paper, wood, leather).

 

One month in Eleanor is thoroughly enjoying her new role. As many of us did, she remembers her visits to the Natural History Museum as a child and now loves the feeling of playing a part behind the scenes. Originally from Cornwall, as a youngster she developed an interest in collecting and the natural world, which led to an interest in the history of art.

 

She feels her new role is her 'dream job', and is particularly enjoying the mixture of interaction with different museum departments and staff, and is starting to get her head round the size and variety of the collections in the Library & Archives.

 

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It has already been a busy month for Eleanor: visiting the Tate Britain to de-install NHM items loaned for their watercolour exhibition; and more recently installing an NHM item at the Royal Academy for their forthcoming exhibition 'Degas and the Ballet: Picturing Movement'.

 

Eleanor will next be concentrating on the forthcoming rotation of artwork in the NHM Images of Nature Gallery, and preparing a book handling course.

 

We look forward to Eleanor blogging in the future about the work she is involved in.

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Due to electrical works in our main reading room during the week 12th - 16th September, there will be a reduced service.

 

We will be operating our reading room from another location and as a result we will limit the number of visitors we can accommodate each day during this period.

 

Please be aware of this when you contact us for an appointment. on 020 7942 5460 or library@nhm.ac.uk

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The Library catalogue is available online at www.nhm.ac.uk/library


If you wish to view these or any other items, please contact the library to arrange an appointment library@nhm.ac.uk or 020 7942 5460

 

 

Anthropology / Palaeontology

 

 

AAPG 2008 Annual Convention and Exhibition : abstracts volume

[San Antonio AAPG, 2008]

P 65 q AME

 

Dinosaur Coast good practice guide

Scarborough : North York Moors National Park Authority, [Between 2006 and 2011]

P 84 q DIN

 

 

 

Botany

 

 

Geny PIN3 i PIN4 oraz determinacja polarnej lokalizacji bialek PIN u Arabidopsis thaliana / Justyna Wisniewska.

[PIN3 and PIN4 genes and the determination of local polarisation of PIN proteins in <Arabidopsis thaliana>]

Torun : Wydawnictwo Naukowe, 2009.

581.19 WIS

 

Diatomeen im Süsswasser-Benthos von Mitteleuropa : Bestimmungsflora Kieselalgen für die ökologische Praxis : über 700 der häufigsten Arten und ihre Ökologie / Gabriele Hofmann, Marcus Werum & Horst Lange-Bertalot.

[Diatoms in freshwater benthos of central Europe]

Rugell : A.R.G. Gantner, 2011.

DIATOMS 582.261(4) HOF

 

Diatoms : ecology and life cycle / James C. Compton, editor.

New York : Nova Science Publishers, 2011.

DIATOMS 582.261 COM

 

Flora Algarum Ucrainicae. Volumen 11, Chlorophyta. Fasciculus 1, Phytomonadina. Descripto generalis. Pars 1, Structure, reproductio, ontogenesis et cycli evolutionis / N. P. Massjuk.

Kiev : Academia Scientiarium Ucrainicae, Nationale Institutum Botanicae Nomine M.G. Cholodnii, 2010.

ALGAE 582.271 PAL

 

Planting paradise : cultivating the garden, 1501-1900 / Stephen Harris.

Oxford : Bodleian Library, 2011.

635.90 HAR

 

 

 

Entomology


Insect behaviour / Matthews, Robert W

Dordrecht: Springer, 2010

10G o MAT

 

Diseases of mites and ticks / Bruin, Jan

Amsterdam : Springer, 2009

ARACHNIDA 29B BRU

 

Aphid biodiversity under environmental change : Patterns and processes / Kindlmann, Pavel

Dordrecht : Springer, 2010

DC APHID K.11

 

A Dipterist's handbook / Chandler, Peter J.

Orpington : Amateur Entomologists' Society, 2010

DC DIPTERA S.90

 

Sodrómolyok = Tortricids / Szabóky, Csaba

[Budapest] : Forest Research Institute, [2010]

MICROLEPIDOPTERA C.34

 

 

General

 

 

Science education for citizenship : teaching socio-scientific issues / Mary Ratcliffe and Marcus Grace

Maidenhead, Berkshire : Open University, 2003.

L 8 o RAT

 

The longest winter : Scott's other heroes / Meredith Hooper.

London : John Murray, 2010.

L 80 o HOO

 

Interactive museums: digital technology, handheld interpretation and online experiences / edited by Gregory Chamberlain

[S.l.] : Museum Identity Ltd, 2011

L 84 o INT

 

Women in science / European Commission, Directorate-General for Research, Directorate L, Science, Economy and Society, Unit L5, Communication.

Luxembourg : Publications Office of the European Union, 2010.

L 96 o WOM

 

 

Ornithology (Tring)

 

 

Allan Octavian Hume : father of the Indian National Congress, 1829-1912 : a biography / Sir William Wedderburn ; edited by Edward C. Moulton.

New Delhi ; Oxford; New York : Oxford University Press, c2002.

ORNITHOLOGY 96A HUM                       

 

A checklist of the birds of Staffordshire, Warwickshire and the West Midlands and guide to status and record submission / [produced by Dave Emley]

Birmingham : West Midland Bird Club, 2011.

ORNITHOLOGY 72Aa/4 WES                     

 

 

 

Zoology

 

 

Collective animal behavior / David J.T. Sumpter.

Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 2010.

Z 10A o SUM

 

Muscles of vertebrates : comparative anatomy, evolution, homologies and development / Rui Diogo, Virginia Abdala.

Boca Raton : CRC Press, 2010.

Z 16 o DIO

 

Monkeys on the edge : ecology and management of long-tailed macaques and their interface with humans / edited by Michael  D. Gumert,  Agustþin Fuentes, Lisa Jones-Engel.

Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2011.

Z MAM 17H MON