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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.

                                                                                                   A close-up of a blue fly.

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By Sharon Touzel (Assistant Librarian)

[1] Pepys, S. (1665) (accessed 18/9/11)
[2] [Anon]. (1665) Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. No.2, 1665. pp.27-32. Royal Society of 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.


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


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


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


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




The Library catalogue is available online at

If you wish to view these or any other items, please contact the library to arrange an appointment 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



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.



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




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



Wespen / Witt, Rolf

Oldenburg : Vademecum Verlag, 2009




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


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




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.



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.



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.



A handbook of Indian crocodiles / Madireddi V. Subba Rao

Delhi : B.R. Publishing Corporation, 2011.



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:


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


The Library catalogue is available online at

If you wish to view these or any other items, please contact the library to arrange an appointment 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






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.



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




Chinese Lady Beetles (subfamily Coccinellinae) / Yu, Guoyue

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



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

Glasgow : Glasgow Natural History Society, 2010



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

Kent Field Club, 2009



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

Bishkek : [Satento], 2009






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





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                        




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

Leiden : Brill, 2011.

(Crustaceana monographs ; 13)



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)



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



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.



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.




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.


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


The Library catalogue is available online at

If you wish to view these or any other items, please contact the library to arrange an appointment 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







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.



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





Insect behaviour / Matthews, Robert W

Dordrecht: Springer, 2010

10G o MAT


Diseases of mites and ticks / Bruin, Jan

Amsterdam : Springer, 2009



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

Dordrecht : Springer, 2010



A Dipterist's handbook / Chandler, Peter J.

Orpington : Amateur Entomologists' Society, 2010



Sodrómolyok = Tortricids / Szabóky, Csaba

[Budapest] : Forest Research Institute, [2010]







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                     







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.



The Library catalogue is available online at

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




The book of leaves : a leaf-by-leaf guide to six hundred of the world's great trees / Allen J. Coombes ; edited by Zsolt Debreczy.

Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2010.

581.45 COO Q


Index to plant chromosome numbers 2004-2006 / edited by Peter Goldblatt and Dale E. Johnson.

Ruggell : Gantner, 2010.

576.1 IND


Vihreä Afrikka : kasveja ja kasvillisuutta / Tuomo Niemelä.

[Green Africa : crops and vegetation]

Helsinki : Botanical Museum, Finnish Museum of Natural History, 2011.

SERIALS S 1484 b


Introduction to plant pathology / Richard N. Strange.

New York, NY, USA : Wiley, 2003.

632 STR


Plant pathology / George N. Agrios.

5th edition

Amsterdam ; Boston : Elsevier Academic Press, 2005.

632 AGR Q






Mirovaia bibliografiia po afidologii (Homoptera, Aphidinea) 1712-2007 : bibliograficheskii ukazatel / Folkina, M. Ia

[World bibliography on aphidology (Homoptera, Aphidinea) 1712-2007 : bibliographic index]

Almaty : [TSNB MON RK], 2010



Les genres et sous-genres d'abeilles de l'Afrique subsaharienne / Eardley, Connal

[The species and sub-species of sub-Saharan Africa]

Brussels : Belgian Development Cooperation, 2010

HYM E.21


Elachistine moths of Australia (Lepidoptera : Gelechioidea : Elachistidae) / Kaila, Lauri

Collingwood, Vic. : CSIRO, 2011



Gräshoppor i Sverige : en fälthandbok / Strid, T.

[Grasshoppers in Sweden : a Field Guide]

Stockholm : Entomologiska Föreningen i Stockholm, 2010



Lepidoptera of North America. 10, Review of <Plebejus icarioides> and <Glaucopsyche lygdamus> in New Mexico with four new subspecies (Lycaenidae, Lycaeninae, Polyommatini) / Holland, Richard

Fort Collins, Col. : C.P. Gillette Museum of Arthropod Diversity, Colorado State University, 2011


General Natural History




Evolution und Kultur : Symposium der Nordrhein-Westfälischen Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Künste 2009 / Herausgeber: Ludwig Siep.

Paderborn : Schöningh, 2011.

9 E o EVO


What about Darwin? : all species of opinion from scientists, sages, friends, and enemies who met, read, and discussed the naturalist who changed the world / Thomas F. Glick.

Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, c2010.

L 9E o GLI


Hábitats prioritarios de la Comunidad Valenciana : valores faunísticos y botánicos [coordinador, Emilio Laguna Lumbreras].

Valencia : Conselleria de Territori i Habitatge, 2003

L 72H o HAB


Marketing and public relations for museums, galleries, cultural and heritage attractions / Ylva French and Sue Runyard.

Abingdon, Oxon [U.K.] ; New York : Routledge, 2011.

L 84 o FRE


Papieren pracht uit de Amsterdamse Gouden Eeuw : geschenken van het Dr. Th.J. Steenbergen Fonds / ed. Klaas van der Hoek and Sytze van der Veen ; photography, Stephan van der Linden ... [et al.]]

Amsterdam : Vossiuspers UvA, cop. 2011.

L 85 q AMS


Coral reefs in the microbial seas / Forest Rohwer with Merry Youle ; illustrations by Derek Vosten.

United States : Plaid Press, c2010.

L 87 o ROH


Phylogenetic networks : concepts, algorithms and applications / Daniel H. Huson, Regula Rupp, Celine Scornavacca.

Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010.

L 93 o HUS


Doing research/reading research : re-interrogating education / Paul Dowling and Andrew Brown.

London ; New York : Routledge, 2010.

L 98 o DOW


Ornithology (Tring)



[1255 skins and measurements (except mounted exhibited specimens] (1961-2001) / [Won Pyong-Oh]

[Seoul, Korea : Kyunghee University, 2 005]

ORNITHOLOGY 97 WON                        


Aves rapaces de Uruguay, Argentina, Brasil y Paraguay / Fernando Perez Piedrabuena

[Birds predatory of Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay]

[S.l.] : Guyunusa, 2011.

ORNITHOLOGY 76 PER                        


Barn Owl / David Chandler

London : New Holland, 2011.

ORNITHOLOGY 18(4) CHA                     


The breeding bird survey 2009 : the population trends of the UK's breeding birds / Kate Risely ... [et al.]

Thetford : British Trust for Ornithology, 2011.

ORNITHOLOGY S 103 M                       


Cailles, perdix et francolins de l'Ancien Monde / Alain Hennache et Michel Ottaviani

[Quails, partridges and francolins of Old world]

Clères : Edition WPA France, 2011.

ORNITHOLOGY 18(2) HEN                     


Nurturing new life: nests of Brazilian birds / text Dante Buzzetti; illustrations Dante Buzzetti, Silvestre Silva

São Paulo : Editora Terceiro Nome, 2005.

EGG BUZ                                   


State of Singapore's wild birds and bird habitats : a review of the annual bird census, 1996-2005 / edited by Lim Kim Chuah and Lim Kim Seng.

Singapore : Nature Society (Singapore), c2009.

ORNITHOLOGY 73G LIM                       


Vulture / Thom van Dooren.

London : Reaktion Books, 2011.

ORNITHOLOGY 3A DOO                        






Vibrational communication in animals / Peggy S.M. Hill.

Cambridge : Harvard University Press, 2008.

Z 10C o HIL


Engineering animals : how life works / Mark Denny, Alan McFadzean.

Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2011.

Z 13 o DEN


Respiratory physiology of vertebrates : life with and without oxygen / [edited by] Göran Nilsson.

Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2010.

Z 13B o RES


New frontiers in crustacean biology : proceedings of the TCS Summer Meeting, Tokyo, 20-24 September 2009 / by Akira Asakura (editor in chief).

Leiden ; Boston : Brill, c2011



Atlas y Libro Rojo de los moluscos de Castilla-La Mancha / Dolores Bragado, Rafael Araujo y Ma. Teresa Aparicio

[Castilla-La Mancha] : Junta de Comunidades de Castilla-La Mancha, 2010



A pocket guide to Ohio snakes / Jerry D. Collins, John P. Mathews & Joseph T. Collins ; with photographs by Suzanne L. Collins, John P. Mathews & others.

[United States] : Center for North American Herpetology, 2011.



Amongst our collections is an invitation to a dinner party with a difference....
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The dinner was held by Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins, a sculptor with an interest in Natural History. In 1852 Hawkins had been appointed to build authentic models of prehistoric animals to be displayed in the grounds of Crystal Palace. With advice from Professor Richard Owen on the anatomy of the creatures, Hawkins built life size replicas of animals such as the Pleisiosaurus, Ichthyosaurus, Megalosaurus and the Iguanodon.
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These models were to become influential in the popularisation of palaeontology, and in particular of dinosaurs.  Although the models are now known to be scientifically inaccurate, at the time they were the most realistic representations of dinosaurs ever produced.
To celebrate the forthcoming opening of the exhibition, Hawkins hosted a dinner for Owen and twenty prominent scientists of the day.  The dinner took place on New Years Eve 1853 inside the almost complete shell of the Iguanodon.  The invitation, inscribed on the wing of a Pterodactyl asks for the guest’s “Company at Dinner in the Iguanodon”.
The Iguanodon that served as a party venue, along with the other prehistoric animals recreated by Hawkins were officially unveiled to the public on 10 June 1854 when the park opened to 40 000 visitors. To this day they are still enjoyed by many in their original home in Crystal Palace Park.



The Library catalogue is available online at

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



Anthropology & Palaeontology

Once & future giants : what Ice Age extinctions tell us about the fate of earth's largest animals / Sharon Levy.

Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, c2011.

P 15D o LEV


Middle and Late Miocene marine bivalvia from the northern Kanto Region, Central Japan / Yukito Kurihara

Tokyo : National Museum of Nature and Science, 2010

P 35 q KUR


How vertebrates left the water / Michel Laurin.

Berkeley : University of California Press, c2010

P 16 o LAU


A geological excursion guide to the Moine geology of the Northern Highlands of Scotland / edited by Rob Strachan ... [et al.].

Edinburgh : Edinburgh Grological Society in association with NMS enerprises Ltd., 2010.

P 72Ab/1 o ALL





Wild flowers of Kashmir / by B.O. Coventry

Kashmir : Gulshan Books, 2008.

581.9(546.1) COV


Flore de Tunisie : Catalogue synonymique commenté / Edouard Le Floc'h & Loutfy Boulos ; avec la collaboration de Errol Vela, Jean-Marc Tison & Roland Martin.

Montpellier, France : [s.n.], 2008.

581.9(611) LEF


Kalkflechten der Schwäbischen Alb : ein mikroskopisch anatomischer Atlas / F. Schumm.

Wangen : The author, 2011.



The vittarioid ferns of India / Jnan Bikash Bhandari, Radhanath Mukhopadhyay.

Dehra Dun : Bishen Singh Mahendra Pal Singh, 2009.

FERNS 582.35(54) BHA


Topol’ dushistyi v Sibiri / V. T. Bakulin

The hairy poplar in Siberia

Novosibirsk : Akademicheskoe Izd-vo "Geo", 2010.

582.4P160 BAK


Flora Helvetica : Flore illustrée de Suisse / Konrad Lauber and Gerhart Wagner ; Clef de détermination. Traduction de l'allemand Ernest Gfeller, Dessins André Michel

Berne Stuttgart Vienne Haupt, 2007.






Registers of family-group and genus-group taxa of Aphidoidea / Nieto Nafría, Juan Manuel

León : Universidad de léon; 2011



The larger water beetles of the British Isles / Sutton, Peter

Brentwood : Amateur Entomologists' Society, 2008



A pictorial guide to the British Ephemeroptera / Macadam, Craig

Shrewsbury : Field Studies Council, 2010



Larvae of Northern European Noctuidae, Vol.3 / Ahola, Matti

Vaasa : Apollo Books, 2010




General Natural History


Tropical rain forests : an ecological and biogeographical comparison / Richard T. Corlett and Richard B. Primack.

Chichester, West Sussex ; Hoboken, NJ : Wiley-Blackwell, c2011.

L 10E o PRI


Conservation biology for all / edited by : Navjot S. Sodhi, Paul R. Ehrlich.

Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010.

L 65B o CON


Across the Tibetan Plateau : ecosystems, wildlife & conservation / Robert L. Fleming, Jr., Dorje Tsering, Liu Wulin ; with a foreword by Jimmy Carter.

New York : W.W. Norton & Co. c2007.

L 73F q FLE


Tropical island recovery : Cousine Island, Seychelles / Michael Samways ... [et al.].

Chichester ; Hoboken, NJ : Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.

L 79 q TRO


The Royal Society : 350 years of science : exhibition catalogue

[London : Royal Society, 2010].

L 85 q ROY


Digital opportunity : a review of intellectual property and growth / an independent report by Professor Ian Hargreaves.

London : Intellectual Property Office, 2011.

L 93B q HAR


Displays and exhibitions in art libraries / edited by Christine Milne and Annamarie McKie for the ARLIS/UK & Ireland Publications Committee.

[London : ARLIS/UK & Ireland] ; 2009.

L 98 o DIS




Kamienne tworzywo sztuki / Hubert Sylwestrzak, Jolanta Kachnic

Toruń : Wyd. Naukowe Uniwersytetu Mikołaja Kopernika, 2010

553.5(438) SYL


Magnesite and talc in Slovakia : genetic and geoenvironmental models = Magnezit a talk na Slovensku : genetický a geoenvironmentálny model / Martin Radvanec, Zoltán Németh, Peter Bajtoš

Bratislava : Štátny geologický ústav Dionýza Štúra, 2010

553.682(437.6) RAD



Ornithology (Tring)

John Taylor : mining entrepreneur and engineer, 1779-1863 / by Roger Burt.

Buxton : Moorland Pub. Co., 1977.

ORNITHOLOGY 96A TAY                    


The search for silver : Cornish miners in Mexico, 1824-1947 / by A.C. Todd ; foreword by A.L. Rowse.

St. Austell, Cornwall : Cornish Hillside Pub., 2000.

ORNITHOLOGY 96 TOD                     




Animal migration : a synthesis / edited by E.J. Milner-Gulland, John M. Fryxell, and Anthony R.E. Sinclair.

Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2011.

Z 15 o ANI


Parasites in ecological communities : from interactions to ecosystems / Melanie J. Hatcher, Alison M. Dunn.

Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011.

Z 24 o HAT


What zoos can do The leading zoological gardens of Europe 2010 – 2020 / Anthony Sheridan

Münster : Schüling, K, 2011

Z 85B o SHE


Field guide for sharks of the genus <Carcharhinus> / Matthias Voigt & Dietmar Weber.

Munich : Friedrich Pfeil, 2011.



Arctic fox : life at the top of the world / Garry Hamilton ; photographs by Norbert Rosing.

London : A & C Black, 2008.



Marine protected areas for whales, dolphins, and porpoises : a world handbook for cetacean habitat conservation and planning / Erich Hoyt.

Washington, DC : Earthscan, 2011.



The Library catalogue is available online at

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



Anthropology & Palaeontology


Biology of the sauropod dinosaurs : understanding the life of giants / edited by Nicole Klein ... [et al.].
Bloomington, [Ind.] : Indiana University Press, c2011
P 20e o BIO



Atlas of British and Irish Hawkweeds : (Pilosella L. and Hieracium L.) / David J. McCosh & Tim C. G. Rich.
London : Botanical Society of the British Isles/National Museum of Wales, 2011.


A systematic vademecum to the vascular plants of Puerto Rico / Franklin S. Axelrod.
Fort Worth : Botanical Research Institute of Texas, 2011.
581.9(79P9.97) AXE


Sistematika vysših sporovyh rastenij s osnovami paleobotaniki [Texte imprimé] / I. A. Kor*cagina.
Systematics of higher cryptogamic plants with the foundations of palaeobotany
Sankt-Peterburg : Izdatel’stvo S.-Peterburgskogo universiteta, 2001.


Bioenergetic processes of cyanobacteria : from evolutionary singularity to ecological diversity / ed. by Günter A. Peschek, Christian Obinger, Gernot Renger.
Dordrecht : Springer, 2011.
ALGAE 582.232 PES


Isolation, identification and characterization of allelochemicals/natural products / editors, Diego A. Sampietro, Cesar A.N. Catalan, Marta A. Vattuone.
Enfield, NH : Science Publishers, 2009.
581.19 SAM




Catalogue of Palaearctic Coleoptera. Volume 7, Curculionoidea I / Löbl, Ivan
Stenstrup : Apollo Books, 2011


Biology of the springtails : (Insecta: Collembola) / Hopkin, Stephen P
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1997


Stored-Product Insect Resource / Hagstrum, David W
St Paul, Minnesota : AACC, 2009


A dictionary of entomology / Gordh, Gordon
Wallingford, UK : CABI; 2011

General Natural History


The atlas of global conservation : changes, challenges and opportunities to make a difference / Jonathan Hoekstra ... [et al.] ; edited by Jennifer L. Molnar.
Berkeley : University of California Press, c2010.
L 65B o ATL


Conservation by proxy : indicator, umbrella, keystone, flagship, and other surrogate species / Tim Caro ; illustrated by Sheila Girling.
Washington, DC : Island Press, c2010.
L 65B o CAR


Fifty : 50 years, 50 species / [edited by Helen Walsh]
Oxford : Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust, 2010.
L 72Aa o FIF

The natural history of Ulster / John Faulkner, Robert Thompson
Holywood, County Down : National Museums Northern Ireland, 2011
L 72Ac q FAU


New thinking : rules for the (r)evolution of museums : a collection of essays.
Edinburgh : Museumsetc, c2010
L 84 o NEW


Histoires naturelles : [patrimoine, art, actualité : Jardin des plantes, Galerie de botanique] / 6e Salon d'art, [Paris, Muséum national d'histoire naturelle, 2002 / Muséum national d'histoire naturelle
Paris : Muséum national d'histoire naturelle, 2002
L 85 o PAR


Choosing and using statistics : a biologist's guide / by Calvin Dytham.
Hoboken, NJ : Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.
L 93 o DYT


The history of science and technology. Series 2, The papers of Sir Joseph Banks, 1743-1820 : a listing and guide to parts 1-3.
Marlborough, Wiltshire, England : Adam Matthew Pub., 1995.




Exploring the geology of Little Cottonwood Canyon, Utah : the greatest story ever told by nine miles of rock / [by Ron Harris]
Provo, Utah : BYU Press, c2011
(792) HAR


Mineralogy of Székelyland, eastern Transylvania, Romania / edited by by Sándor Szákall and Ferenc Kristály
Sfântu Gheorghe [Romania] : Csik County Nature and Conservation Society, 2010
(498) MIN



The business of nature : John Gould and Australia / Roslyn Russell.
Canberra : National Library of Australia, c2011.
Z 96A q GOU


Rabbits : the animal answer guide / Susan Lumpkin and John Seidensticker.
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011.


The beaver : its life and impact / Dietland Müller-Schwarze.
Ithaca : Comstock Pub. Associates, 2011.


Red panda : biology and conservation of the first panda / edited by Angela R. Glatston.
Amsterdam : Elsevier/Academic Press, 2011


Gardens of earthly delight : the history of deer parks / by John Fletcher.
Oxford, UK ; Oakville, CT : Windgather, c2011.


Frogs : the animal answer guide / Mike Dorcas and Whit Gibbons.
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011.


Turtles : the animal answer guide / Whit Gibbons and Judy Greene ; color photographs by Cris Hagen.
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009.


A Rákosi Vipera védelme : tanulmánygyujtemény = Studies on the conservation of the Hungarian meadow viper / szerkesztette Halpern Bálint
Budapest : Duna-Ipoly Nemzeti Park Igazgatóság, 2007


The private life of adders. / McPhail, Rodger
Ludlow : Merlin Unwin Books, 2011.


The herpetofauna of Panay Island, Philippines : an illustrated field guide / Maren Gaulke.
Frankfurt, M. : Ed. Chimaira, 2011.


Frogs of the Solomon Islands / Patrick Pikacha, Clare Morrison and Stephen Richards ; photographs by Patrick Pikacha and Stephen Richards.
Suva : Institute of Applied Sciences, University of the South Pacific, [2008]

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