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Posted by Rita Dockery Nov 2, 2010

New books added to the Library collection


These books are now on display in the Main Reading Room, Botany Reading Room (for all Botany titles) and Tring (for all Ornithology titles). Please let us know if you'd like to use any of them. 


Anthropology / Palaeontology


Monograph of fossil Trichoceridae (Diptera): over 180 million years of evolution / Ewa Krzeminska,  Wieslaw Krzeminski and Christine Dahl
Kraków : Institute of Systematics and Evolution of Animals. Polish Academy of Sciences, 2009


Biodiversity of Polish fossil insectivores (Erinaceomorpha, Soricomorpha, Insectivora, Mammalia) compared to the European and global faunas / Barbara Rzebik-Kowalska
Kraków : Institute of Systematics and Evolution of Animals, 2009


Prehistoric mammals of Western Australia
Welshpool : Western Australian Museum, 2010


Late Pleistocene environment of the Czestchowa Upland (Poland) reconstructed on the basis of faunistic evidence from archaeological cave sites / Adam Nadachowski
Kraków : Institute of Systematics and Evolution of Animals, 2009


Malacofauna pliocenica toscana. Vol. 7, Ptenoglossa Gray J. E., 1847 [Texte imprimé] / Carlo Chirli ; fotografia E. Ulivi, foto S. E. M. S. Caporali.
Firenze, impr. 2009.





Perspectives in pteridophytes : silver jubilee publication of Indian Fern Society (1983-2008) / edited by S.C. Verma, S.P. Khullar, H.K. Cheema.
Dehradun : Bishen Singh Mahendra Pal Singh, 2009.


Wildflowers of Fogo Island and Change Islands / Todd Boland.
Toronto : Key Porter Books, 2010.


H. Kobayasi's atlas of Japanese diatoms based on electron microscopy. Volume 1 / Hiromu Kobayasi ... [et al.].
Tokyo : Uchida Rokakuho Publishing Co., [2006].


Benthische Algen: ohne Diatomeen und Characeen ; Feldführer / Antje Gutowski, Julia Foerster.
Recklinghausen : LANUV, 2009.


Vascular flora of Ko Hong Hill, Songkla Province, Thailand / J.F. Maxwell.
Bangkok, Thailand : Biodiversity Research and Training Program (BRT), 2006.


Mrs. Delany & her circle / edited by Mark Laird & Alicia Weisberg-Roberts
New Haven : Yale Center for British Art ; London : Sir John Soane's Museum ; New Haven : In association with Yale University Press, 2009.





Festschrift zum 75. Geburtstag von Hans Malicky
Linz, Austria : Biologiezentrum des Oberosterreichischen Landesmuseums, 2010


Der Schmetterlingskoffer : Die tropischen Expeditionen von Arnold Schultze / Hanns Zischler and Arnold Schultze
Berlin : Galiani, 2010


Ant encounters : interaction networks and colony behavior / Deborah M. Gordon
Princeton ; Oxford : Princeton University Press, 2010


The butterfly Red List for Great Britain  / Richard Fox, Martin S. Warren & Tom M Brereton
[Peterborough] : Joint Nature Conservation Committee, 2010


Britain's butterflies : a field guide to the butterflies of Britain and Ireland / David Newland ... [et al.]
[Old Basing] : Wildguides, 2010


Butterflies of the Afrotropical region. Part 3, Lycaenidae, Riodinidae  / Bernard d'Abrera
Melbourne ; London : Hill House Publishers, 2009




Microbial mats : modern and ancient microorganisms in stratified systems / edited by Joseph Seckbach and Aharon Oren.
Dordrecht ; New York : Springer, c2010.


Wildlife records / [compiled by]Marion L. Maxwell Bryce
Long Eaton : Long Eaton Natural History Society, 2009.


Science and empire in the Atlantic world / edited by James Delbourgo and Nicholas Dew.
London : Routledge, 2008.


Archipelago : portraits of life in the world's most remote island sanctuary / David Liittschwager and Susan Middleton
Washington, D.C. : National Geographic Society, c2005


I musei delle Scienze Agrarie : l'evoluzione delle Wunderkammern / a cura di Stefano Mazzoleni e Sabrina Pignattelli
Napoli : Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico, 2007


Roznorodnosc biotyczna Wielkopolski : bibliografia prac Instytutu Biologii Srodowiska opublikowanych w latach 2000-2005 / Zbigniew Celka.
Poznan : Wydawn. Kontekst, 2008.




Russian alexandrites / Karl Schmetzer
Stuttgart E. Schweizerbart Science Publishers, 2010


Ornithology (Tring)


Facing extinction : the world's rarest birds and the race to save them / by Paul Donald, Nigel J. Collar, Stuart J. Marsden &  Deborah J. Pain
London : T. & A. D. Poyser, 2010.


South Pacific birds / by John E. duPont ; illustrations by George Sandstrom and Evan Barbour.
Ottawa, Ill. : Jameson Books, 2010.


Systematics and biogeography of core Corvoidea (Aves: Passeriformes) / Knud Andreas Jønsson
Copenhagen : Zoological Museum, Natural History Museum of Denmark; Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen, 2009.




Animal homosexuality : a biosocial perspective / Aldo Poiani ; with a chapter by Alan Dixson.
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2010.


The birds & bats of Palau / by H. Douglas Pratt and Mandy T. Etpison.
Honolulu : Mutual Pub., 2008.


Re-introduction of the European beaver to Scotland : a public consultation / [Scottish Natural Heritage]
Edinburgh : Scottish Natural Heritage, 1998.


Decline and recovery of the island fox : a case study for population recovery / Timothy J. Coonan, Catherin A. Schwemm, David K. Garcelon ; with Linda Munson and Cheri Asa.
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2010.


European ungulates and their management in the 21st century / edited by Marco Apollonio, Reidar Andersen, Rory Putman.
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2010.


Amphibians and reptiles of Similipal Biosphere Reserve / S.K. Dutta ... [et al.].
Bhubaneswar : Regional Plant Resource Centre, 2009.


Amphibians and reptiles of Nebraska / Royce E. Ballinger, John D. Lynch and Geoffrey R. Smith.
Oro Valley : Rusty Lizard Press, 2010.


New additions

Posted by Rita Dockery Oct 25, 2010

New books added to the Library collection

The books listed below are now on display in the Main Reading Room, Botany Reading Room (for all Botany titles) and Tring (for all Ornithology titles). Please let us know if you'd like to make an appointment to use any of these titles.



Anthropology / Palaeontology


Carnivoran evolution : new views on phylogeny, form, and function / edited by Anjali Goswami and Anthony Friscia.
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010.


Extinctions and invasions : a social history of British fauna / edited by Terry O'Connor and Naomi Sykes.
Bollington : Windgather, 2010.


Early Pleistocene bear remains from Deutsch-Altenburg (Lower Austria) = Die altpleistozänen Bären von Deutsch-Altenburg (Niederösterreich) / Gernot Rabeder, Martina Pacher & Gerhard Withalm.
[Wien] : ÖAW, Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 2010





Moss gardening : including lichens, liverworts, and other miniatures / George Schenk.
Portland, Or. : Timber Press, 2010, cop. 1997.


Orchid biology : reviews and perspectives. Volume 10 / edited by Tiiu Kull, Joseph Arditti, Sek Man Wong.
[New York] : Springer, 2009.


Figs : the genus Ficus / Ephraim Philip Lansky, Helena Maaria Paavilainen.
Boca Raton, FL : CRC Press, 2011.


Botânica sistemática : guia ilustrado para identificação das famílias de Fanerógamas nativas e exóticas no Brasil em APG II / Vinicius Castro Souza, Harri Lorenzi ; revisão técnica, Antonio Campos Rocha Neto ... [et al.].
2. ed.
Nova Odessa, SP, Brasil : Instituto Plantarum de Estudos da Flora, 2008.


Moss flora of China. 7, Amblystegiaceae - Plagiotheciaceae / Hu Ren-liang, Wang You-fang and Marshall R. Crosby, editors-in-chief ; Si He, editor. With contributions from Wang You-fang ... &c.
Beijing ; New York : Science Press, 2008.


Flora of China. Volume 10, Fabaceae / Wu Zhengyi and Peter H. Raven, co-chairs of the editorial committee.
Beijing : Science Press ; St. Louis : Missouri Botanical Garden Press, 2010.




Monographs on Coleoptera Vol 3 :  Water beetles of New Caledonia. part 1 / Jäch, Manfred A.
Vienna : Zoologisch-botanische Gesellschaft (Section of Entomology) ; Wiener Coleopterologenverein, 2010


The insects : an outline of entomology / Penny J. Gullan and Peter S. Cranston
[Chichester] : Wiley-Blackwell, 2010


A resource-based habitat view for conservation : butterflies in the British landscape / Roger L. H. Dennis
[Chichester] : Wiley-Blackwell, 2010


The butterfly hunter : Henry Walter Bates FSR 1825-1892 / Anthony Crawforth
Buckingham : University of Buckingham Press, 2009


Systematic revision if the family Scirtidae of Japan, with phylogeny, morphology and bionimics (Insecta: Coleoptera, Scritoidae) / Hiroyuki Yoshitomi
Matsuyama : Japanese Society of Systematic Entomology, 2005


Overwintering and cold-hardiness of ants in the Northeast of Asia / D. I. Berman ... [et al.]
Sofia : Pensoft, 2010




The theory of island biogeography revisited / edited by Jonathan B. Losos and Robert E. Ricklefs.
Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2010.


Illustrations of the legally protected British species : a supplement to the Checklist of legally protected British species / Christopher J. Betts
[Worcester] : Christopher Betts Environmental Biology, 2010


New survey of Clare Island. Volume 1, History and cultural landscape / Críostóir Mac Cárthaigh and Kevin Whelan
Dublin : Royal Irish Academy, 1999


Australian marine life : the plants and animals of temperate waters / Graham J. Edgar.
Sydney : Reed New Holland, 2008.


Dopplereffekt : Bilder in Kunst und Wissenschaft / herausgegeben von Petra Gördüren und Dirk Luckow.
Kiel : Kunsthalle zu Kiel, 2010.




Supergene environments, processes, and products / Spencer R. Titley, editor.
Littleton, Colo. : Society of Economic Geologists, 2009.



Ornithology (Tring)


Birds of the Middle East / Richard Porter and Simon Aspinall ; illustrated by John Gale, Mike Langman and Brian Small
London : Christopher Helm, 2010.





Hope for animals and their world : how endangered species are being rescued from the brink / Jane Goodall with Thane Maynard and Gail Hudson.
London : Icon Books, 2010.


Jane Goodall : 50 years at Gombe : a tribute to five decades of wildlife research, education, and conservation / Jane Goodall with the Jane Goodall Institute.
New York : Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2010.


Action plans for <Margaritifera auricularia> and <Margaritifera margaritifera> in Europe / Rafael Araujo and M. Angeles Ramos.
Strasbourg : Council of Europe Pub., 2001.

Systematics of cyst nematodes (Nematoda : Heteroderinae) / Segei A. Subbotin, Manuel Mundo-Ocampo and James G. Baldwin ; series editors: David J. Hunt and Roland N. Perry
(Nematology monographs and perspectives ; Vol. 8A)
Leiden : Brill, 2010.


Systematics of cyst nematodes (Nematoda : Heteroderinae) / Segei A. Subbotin, Manuel Mundo-Ocampo and James G. Baldwin ; series editors: David J. Hunt and Roland N. Perry
(Nematology monographs and perspectives ; Vol. 8B)
Leiden : Brill, 2010


Snakes of Sri Lanka : a coloured atlas, with accounts on snakes in archaeology, history, folklore, venomous snakes, and snakebite / Anslem de Silva ; illustrations by Jayantha Jinasena.
Colombo : Vijitha Yapa Publications, 2009.


The Chalmers-Hunt Collection - Chasing after butterflies

A surprising and interesting collection for a library to hold - the Chalmers-Hunt Collection - is not, as is usual, a collection of books, but rather of objects. The objects in question number around 300 and relate to the art of insect collecting. This posting will take a look at the collection as a whole.



Though perhaps overlooked it is nevertheless one of the most unique and unusual Museum collections to be found in the UK and comprises of an eclectic mix of ephemera, with some items acting as the last surviving example of its kind. This collection was the focus of a library project to conserve, audit and transport these fragile items.


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Items range from the practical and mass-produced to the more exotic, one-of-a-kind home-made instruments and equipment that were employed by natural historians from time to time. It clearly charts the development of insect collecting and the tools of the trade from the Victorian era to the early 20th Century. The idea to conserve these transient items for prosperity came from the eminent entomologist - John Michael Arthur Blake Chalmers-Hunt (1920-2004). J. Michael Chalmers-Hunt diligently collected these instruments over a long period of time before considering the NHM the proper repository for such a collection and kindly donated it to the Library.

This type of equipment was known in the early days of natural history collecting as the 'weapons of the chase'. This activity gained in popularity along with the thirst for knowledge of the animals and plants that help to make up our world. The instruments used to collect items and specimens developed and became more elaborate. The Victorian Age became known as the 'Golden Age of Natural History Collecting in Britain'. It was seen as not just a hobby but a quest for understanding. Natural History collecting on a large scale started to develop formally in the 17th Century - epitomised by the founding of the Royal Society in the 1660's. Superstitious beliefs began to be substituted for more objective, scientific ones and collecting for your own personal 'curiousity cabinet' became something of a fashion.



With a seemingly endless mixture of materials and sizes the collection is made up of such items as nets, pins, collecting boxes, rearing cages, lamps, preservation instruments, measurers, setting boards, magnifiers and so on. These items are a great example of how insect collecting was achieved a hundred or more years ago; an age where amateur-expert entomologists roamed the countryside, readily equipped with home-made nets and personalised boxes to catch and study their mini beast of choice.


There are more images of this collection available via the Picture Library.

References and further reading

Chalmers-Hunt, J. M. (J. Michael)., 1994. Entomological bygones or historical entomological collecting equipment and associated memorabilia. Archives of Natural History, 21(3), pp.357-378.

Salmon, Michael A., 2000. The Aurelian legacy: British butterflies and their collectors. Colchester: Harley Books.


New buys

Posted by Rita Dockery Oct 18, 2010
New books added to the Library collection

Here are the most recently arrived additions to the Library collection. These books are now on display in the Main Reading Room, Botany Reading Room (for all Botany titles) and Tring (for all Ornithology titles).  You are welcome to make an appointment to use them.

Anthropology / Palaeontology

Vanished ocean : how Tethys reshaped the world / Dorrik Stow
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2010

Silent stories : insect fossil treasures from dinosaur era of the Northeastern China / Ren Dong, Shih Chungkun, Gao Taiping, Pao Yunzhi and Zhao Yunyun
Beijing : Science Press, 2010


The intricate beauty of Sphagnum mosses : a Finnish guide for identification / Jukka Laine ... [et al.].
Helsinki : Department of Forest Ecology, University of Helsinki, [2009].

Vanilla / edited by Eric Odoux and Michel Grisoni.
Boca Raton, FL : CRC Press, 2011.

Flora of North America : north of Mexico. Vol. 8, Magnoliophyta : Paeoniaceae to Ericaceae / edited by Flora of North America Editorial Committee.
New York : Oxford University Press, 2009.

Seeds of Amazonian plants / Fernando Cornejo and John Janovec.
Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 2010.

Atlas of the marine flora of Southern Spitsbergen / edited by Romuald Z. Klekowski and Jan Marcin W¸eslawski.
Gdansk : Ossolineum, 1995.

The Kew Plant glossary : an illustrated dictionary of plant terms / Henk J. Beentje ; illustrations by Juliet Williamson.
Richmond : Kew, 2010.

Catálogo de las Briofitas de Bolivia diversidad, distribución y ecología / Steven P. Churchill ; Ninel N. Sanjines A. ; Claudia Aldana M.
St. Louis Missouri Botanical Garden [u.a.] 2009.

Weeds : How vagabond plants gatecrashed civilisation and changed the way we think about nature / Richard Mabey
London : Gardners Books 2010.


Pisauridae (Arachnida: Araneae) / C. J. Vink and N. Dupérré
Lincoln, Canterbury, New Zealand : Manaaki Whenua Press, 2010

Aphids and other hemipterous insects
Lublin, Poland : John Paull II Catholic University of Lublin 2010

Arachnida and Myriapoda of the Seychelles islands / edited by Justin Gerlach & Yuri Marusik
Manchester : Siri Scientific Press, 2010

Illustrated catalogue of the beetles. II, The prionids of the neotropical region / Ivo Jeni
Ronov p.R. : Kulturní Dedictví, 2010

Review of adventive species of Coleoptera (Insecta) recorded from eastern Canada / by Jan Klimaszewski ... [et al.]
Sofia : Pensoft, 2010

A taxonomic atlas of the Eurasian and North African Noctuoidea. Vol. 4, Plusiinae II / Gottfried Behounek, László Ronkay & Gábor Ronkay
Budapest : Heterocera Press, 2010


Victorian popularizers of science : designing nature for new audiences / Bernard Lightman.
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, c2007.

Frozen evolution, or, That's not the way it is, Mr. Darwin : [a] farewell to selfish gene / Jaroslav Flegr ; [translation into English, Madeleine S'tulíková].
Prague : Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Science, c2008.

Emerald ekoloka mrea u Srbiji = Emerald ecological network in Serbia / editors, Nenad Sekulic, Jasmina S'inz'ar-Sekulic
Beograd [Belgrade] : Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning, 2010.

Salvemos San Rafael = Saving San Rafael / Emily Y. Horton
Asunción, Paraguay : Asociación Guyra Paraguay, 2008.

Big bugs life-size / George Beccaloni.
London : Natural History Museum, 2010.

E-journals : their use, value and impact.
London : Research Information Network, 2009.

Introducing RDA : a guide to the basics / Christine Oliver.
London : Facet Publishing, 2010.


Secrets of the gem trade : the connoisseur's guide to precious gemstones / Richard W. Wise.
Lenox, Mass. : Brunswick House Press, 2006.

Introduction to planetary science : the geological perspective / Gunter Faure, Teresa M. Mensing.
Dordrecht : Springer, 2007.

Protoplanetary dust : astrophysical and cosmochemical perspectives / edited by Dániel Apai and Dante S. Lauretta.
Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010.

Ornithology (Tring)

Bird observatories of Britain and Ireland / edited by Mike Archer ... [et al.].
London : T & AD Poyser, cop. 2010.

Materialy k rasprostraneniiu ptits na urale, v priural'e i zapadno Sibiri. vyp 14 : sbornik statei / [otv. red. V. K. Riabttsev]
Ekaterinburg : Izdatel'stvo Ural'skogo Universiteta, 2003

Materialy k rasprostraneniiu ptits na urale, v priural'e i zapadnoi Sibiri. vyp 14 / [otv. red. V. K. Riabttsev, V. V. Tarasov]
Ekaterinburg : Izdatel'stvo Ural'skogo Universiteta, 2009.


The game of conservation : international treaties to protect the world's migratory animals / Mark Cioc.
Athens : Ohio University Press, 2009.

Airway chemoreceptors in the vertebrates : structure, evolution and function / editors, Giacomo Zaccone ... [et al.].
Enfield : Science Publishers, 2009.

Wildlife of the high Andes and Atacama desert : a field guide to the El Loa province = Fauna del altiplano andino y desierto de Atacama : guia de campo de la Provincia del Loa / Gilmar Ramirez Leyton
Santiago, Chile : Phrynosaura, 2009

Evolutsiia polovogo razmnozheniia mshanok otriada Cheilostomata (Gymnolaemata) / A.N. Ostrovskii
Sankt-Peterburg : Izdatel'stvo S.-Peterburgskogo Universiteta, 2009

The infanticide controversy : primatology and the art of field science / Amanda Rees.
Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2009.

Phylogeny, taxonomy and evolution of the Astrophorida (Porifera, Demospongiae) / Paco Cárdenas
Bergen : University of Bergen, 2010

Venomous snakes of Europe, northern, central and western Asia = Giftschlangen Europas, Nord-, Zentral- und Westasiens / Patrick David, Gernot Vogel.
Frankfurt am Main : Chimaira, 2010.

Agamid lizards of southern Asia, Draconinae. 2, . - Leiolepidinae / Ulrich Manthey
Frankfurt am Main : Chimaira, 2010.


New buys

Posted by Rita Dockery Oct 11, 2010

New books added to the Library collection


These books are now on display in the Main Reading Room, Botany Reading Room (for all Botany titles) and Tring (for all Ornithology titles). If you'd like to use them, let us know when you're coming.


Anthropology / Palaeontology


Scottish rocks and fossils / Alan and Moira McKirdy ; with illustrations by Craig Ellery.
Edinburgh : NMS, 2010.


Late Cretaceous Grünbach Flora of Austria / [by Alexei B. Herman and Jiri Kvacek].
Wien : Naturhistorisches Museum, 2010.


Geologie im Rheinischen Schiefergebirge. Teil 1, Nordeifel
Krefeld : Geologischer Dienst NRW, 2010.


Biblical Palaeontology: A Statistical Appraisal / by Gerald Duffett
Tenby: Welsh Riviera Press, 2010.


Origins : human evolution revealed / Douglas Palmer.
London : Mitchell Beazley, 2010.



Seaweeds and their role in globally changing environments / edited by Alvaro Israel, Rachel Einav, and Joseph Seckbach.
Dordrecht ; New York : Springer, 2010.


Sporovye rasteniia Pribaikal'skogo natsional'nogo parka / editors : T. A. Safonova & V. V. Ryabtsev
Cryptogamic plants of the Pribaikalsky National Park
Novosibirsk : Akademizdat "Geo", 2008.


Flora de San Juan : República Argentina. Volumen IV, Monocotiledóneas / editores del tomo : E.Rosa Guaglianone, Ana María Cialdella y Zulma E. Rúgolo de Agrasar ; Director : Roberto Kiesling.
Buenos Aires : Editorial Fundación Universidad Nacional de San Juan, 2009.


Flora khrebta Ulan-Burgasy : Vostochnoe Pribaikal’e / T. D. Pykhalova, T. G. Boikov and O. A. Anenkhonov
The flora of Ulan-Burgasy mountain range : The Eastern Baikal region
Ulan-Ude : Izd-vo BNTS SO RAN, 2007.


Topol’ chernyi v Zapadnoi Sibiri / V. T. Bakulin
The black poplar in Western Siberia
Novosibirsk : Akademicheskoe izd-vo "Geo", 2007.


The world of Carolus Clusius : natural history in the making, 1550-1610 / by Florike Egmond.
London ; Brookfield, Vt. : Pickering & Chatto, 2010.


Rastitel‘nost’ Salairskogo kriazha / N. N. Lashchinskii ; otvetstvenni redaktor : V. P. Sedel'nikov
Vegetation of the Salair mountain ridge
Novosibirsk : Akademicheskoe Izd-vo "Geo", 2009.

Margaret Mee : works on paper and printed books, including pieces from the collections of Laurence Fleming and Margaret & Greville Mee / Henry Sotheran Limited
London : Henry Sotheran Limited, 2010.


The Thirteenth Annual International Juried Botanical Art Exhibition of the American Society of Botanical Artists and the Horticultural Society of New York, New York, USA, September 15 - November 24, 2010 / catalog editors : Robin A. Jess, Carol Woodin.
New York : American Society of Botanical Artists, 2010.




In the light of evolution. Volume II, Biodiversity and extinction / John C. Avise, Stephen P. Hubbell, and Francisco J. Ayala, editors.
Washington, DC : National Academies Press, c2008.


In the light of evolution. Volume 1, Adaptation and complex design / John C. Avise and Francisco J. Ayala, editors.
Washington, D.C. : National Academies Press, c2007.


All Ireland Daubenton's Bat waterway monitoring scheme 20006-2008 / Tina Aughney, Steve Langton and Niamh Roche
Dublin : Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government, 2009.


Benjamin Research Natural Area : Guidebook Supplement 36 / Reid Schuller and Ron Halvorson
Portland, Oregon. : United States Department of Agriculture, 2009.


Buenos Aires : ciudad & provincia : guia de Campo = City & province : field guide  / Marcelo Beccaceci
Buenos Aires, Argentina : Southworld, 2009.


Key biodiversity areas of the Seychelles Islands / Justin Gerlach.
Leiden, Netherlands : Backhuys Publishers, 2008.


Inclusion and engagement [electronic resource] : recordings, presentations / Museums etc.
Edinburgh : Museums etc, [2010]


Conservation report, Shackleton's hut : British Antarctic Expedition 1907-1909, Cape Royds, Ross Island, Antarctica.
Christchurch, N.Z. : Antarctic Heritage Trust, 2003.




Studies on agate : Microscopy, spectroscopy, growth, high temperature and possible origin  / Terry Moxon.
Doncaster : Terra Publications, 2009.


Ornithology (Tring)


Effects of climate change on birds / edited by Anders Pape Møller, Wolfgang Fiedler and Peter Berthold.
New York : Oxford University Press, 2010.


Essential ornithology / Graham Scott.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010.

The golden eagle / Jeff Watson, with the support of the Watson family ... [et al.], illustrated by Keith Brockie, with additional landscapes by Donald Watson
London  : T & AD Poyser, 2010.


Der Rotmilan: ein faszinierender Greifvogel / Adrian Aebischer, unter Mitwerkung von Laurent Broch ... [et al.]
Bern Stuttgart Wien Haupt 2009.




Introduction to veterinary and comparative forensic medicine / John E. Cooper, Margaret E. Cooper.
Oxford : Blackwell Pub., 2007.

Skeena River fish and their habitat / Allen S. Gottesfeld and Ken A. Rabnett ; foreword by Jim Lichatowich.
Portland : Ecotrust, 2008.


Turkish land snails 1758-2005 / Hartwig Schütt
Solingen : Verlag Natur & Wiisenschaft, 2010.

Varanoid lizards = Warane und Krustenechsen / Bernd Eidenmüller, Hans-Dieter Philippen ; [translation from German into English, Thomas M. Ulber].
Frankfurt am Main : Edition Chimaira , 2008.

Agamid lizards of southern Asia Draconinae. 1 / Ulrich Manthey.
Frankfurt am Main : Edition Chimaira, 2008

Geckos of Madagascar, the Seychelles, Comoros and Mascarene Islands = Geckos Madagaskars, der Seychellen, Komoren und Maskarenen / Patrick Schönecker ; [translation, Thomas M. Ulber].
Frankfurt am Main : Edition Chimaira , 2008.


Field guide to reptiles and frogs of the Perth region /Bush, B. (Brian)
Welshpool : Western Australian Museum, 2010.


New buys

Posted by Rita Dockery Oct 5, 2010

New books added to the Library collection

Please find below a list of this week’s recently arrived additions to the Library collection. These books are now on display in the Main Reading Room and Botany Reading Room (for all Botany titles). You are welcome to make an appointment to use this material.


Anthropology / Palaeontology


Evolution of island mammals : adaption and extinction of placental mammals on islands / Alexandra van der Geer, George Lyras, John de Vos and Michael Dermitzakis
Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.


Le Jurassique inférieur et moyen au Luxembourg : nouvelles données paléontologiques et biostratigraphiques / Robert Weis & Simone Guérin-Franiatte (éditeurs)
Luxembourg : Musée national d'histoire naturelle Luxembourg, 2010.


Isoscapes : understanding movement, pattern, and process on earth through isotope mapping / Jason B. West ... [et al.] editors.
Dordrecht ; New York : Springer, 2010.


Zhongguo ti zhi ren lei xue yan jiu = The research of chinese Physical Anthropology / Zhang Jizong deng bian zhu.
Beijing : Ke xue chu ban she, 2010.





Late Cretaceous and Cenozoic history of Latin American vegetation and terrestrial environments / Alan Graham.
(Monographs in systematic botany from the Missouri Botanical Garden ; v. 113)
St . Louis, MO : Missouri Botanical Garden Press, 2010.


Atlas florae Europaeae, distribution of vascular plants in Europe. 15, Rosaceae (Rubus) / edited by Arto Kurtto, Raino Lampinen & Alexander N. Sennikov
Helsinki : Committee for mapping the flora of Europe and Societas Biologica Fennica Vanamo, 2010.


An Oak Spring Herbaria : herbs and herbals from the fourteenth to the nineteenth centuries : a selection of the rare books, manuscripts and works of art in the collection of Rachel Lambert Mellon / Lucia Tongiorgi Tomasi & Tony Willis ; edited with a description of the American herbals by Mark Argetsinger ; [translated from the Italian by Lisa Chien].
Upperville, Va. : Oak Spring Garden Library, 2009.


Flora Malesiana : Series 1 - Seed Plants. Vol.19, Cucurbitaceae / W. J. J. O. de Wilde & B. E. E. Duyfjes
Leiden : Nationaal Herbarium Nederland, 2010.


Fitoraznoobrazie Il'menskogo zapovednika v sisteme okhrany i monitoringa / P. L. Gorchakoskii
The Ilmen Reserve : phytodiversity in the system of protection and monitoring
Ekaterinburg : Goshchinskii, 2005.


Flora of Thailand. Volume 10, part 3, Anacardiaceae and Convolvulaceae / ed. by Thawatchai Santisuk, Kai Larson, ... [et al.].
Bangkok : The Forest Herbarium, Royal Forest Department, 2010.


Flora of Thailand. Volume 10, part 2, Celastraceae, Hernandiaceae, Leeaceae, Mastixiaceae, Passifloraceae, Verbenaceae / ed. by Thawatchai Santisuk, Kai Larson, ... [et al.].
Bangkok : The Forest Herbarium, Royal Forest Department, 2010.





The organisation of knowledge in Victorian Britain / edited by Martin Daunton.
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2005.


Choosing selection : the revival of natural selection in Anglo-American evolutionary biology, 1930-1970 / Stephen G. Brush.
Philadelphia : American Philosophical Society, 2009.


Elements of evolutionary genetics / Brian Charlesworth and Deborah Charlesworth.
Greenwood Village, Colo. : Roberts and Co. Publishers, c2010.


The Darwin Initiative : sixth annual report : protecting biological diversity around the world / Department for Environmental, Food & Rural Affairs.
[London] : Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs, 2003.


Woodland creation for wildlife and people in a changing climate : principles and practice / by David Blakesley and Peter Buckley
Newbury, Berkshire : Pisces Publications, 2010.


The development of methodologies to assess the conservation status of limestone pavement and associated habitats in Ireland / Sue Murphy & Fernando Fernandez Valverde
Dublin : Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government, 2009.
(Irish wildlife manuals ; No. 43)


Timeless and borderless : on the track of a rural landscape between the Rhine and the Maas / Bosbach, Hans
Düsseldorf, [s.n.], 2003.


A dictionary of ecology / edited by Michael Allaby. 4th ed.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010.




Ascension Island : inshore sea life / John & Jane Bingeman.
Freshwater : Coach House Publications, 2005.


Eadweard Muybridge / edited by Philip Brookman.
London : Tate, 2010.


Philippine marine mollusks. Vol. III, Gastropoda. pPart 3, Bivalva. Part 1 / G.T. Poppe
Hackenheim : ConchBooks, 2010.


Land snails on the Solomon Islands. Vol. 1, Placostylidae / André G.J. Delsaerdt
Ancona : L'Informatore Piceno, 2010.


Ecology, epidemiology and molecular identification of the genus <Diphyllobothrium> Cobbold, 1858 in the sub-alpine lakes region / Barbara Wicht.
[S.l.] : [s.n.], 2009.


Amphibians & reptiles of the Carolinas and Virginia / Jeffrey C. Beane ... [et al.] ;
Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, 2010.


Salamanders of the Southeast / by Joe Mitchell and Whit Gibbons.
Athens : University of Georgia Press, 2010.


New buys

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.


New buys

Posted by Rita Dockery Aug 26, 2010

New books added to the Library collection


Here is a list of this week’s additions to the Library collection. These books are now on display in the Main Reading Room, Botany Reading Room (for all Botany titles) and Tring (for all Ornithology titles).  You are welcome to make an appointment to use them.


Anthropology / Palaeontology


Geotop 2010 : geosites for the public : paleontology and conservation of geosites / Vera Mügge-Bartolovi, Heinz-Gerd Röhling & Volker Wrede (eds)
Hannover : Deutsche Gesellschaft für Geowissenschaften, 2010


SEPM-CES - GV (Sektion Sedimentologie) Sediment2010 : 25th Sediment Meeting / Sara Tomás, Michael Szurlies & Maria Mutti (eds.) Hannover : Deutsche Gesellschaft für Geowissenschaften, 2010.


The dawn of animal world / edited by Junyuan Chen
Nanjing: Phoenmix Publishing Group & Jiangsu Science Press, 2004.


Proceedings of the 3rd international symposium Coleoid Cephalopods through time / Dirk Fuchs
Luxembourg : Musée national d'histoire naturelle de Luxembourg, 2010.





Jinguashi jue lei tu zhi / Guo Chengmeng ... [et al.] zhu.
[Illustrations of ferns in Jinguashi, Taiwan]
Taibei Xian : Taibei Xian li huang jin bo wu guan ; Taibei Shi : Zhonghua Minguo yong xu sheng tai lü you xie hui, Minguo 96 [2007].


Grasslands of Wales : a survey of lowland species-rich grasslands, 1987-2004 / D.P. Stevens ... [et al.].
Cardiff : University of Wales Press, 2010.


L'erbario di Carlo Allioni : catalogazione, informatizzazione e studio critico di un bene culturale storico-scientifico / Rosanna Caramiello, Chiara Minuzzo, Valeria Fossa.
Torino : Centro studi piemontesi, 2009.


Vidy kartofelia Iuzhnoi Ameriki ; ekologiia, geografiia, introduktsiia, sistematika, selektsionnaia znachimost' / L. E. Gorbatenko
St.Petersburg : Rossiiskaia akademiia sel'skokhoziaistvennykh nauk, 2006.


Enciclopedia ilustrada de los cactus y otras suculentas : (descripción de las especies, hábitat y cuidados de cultivo). Volumen III / Antonio Gómez Sánchez
Madrid [u.a.] Mundi Prensa [u.a.] 2008.


Botanic gardens : modern day arks / by Sara Oldfield.
London : New Holland, 2010.





The moths of North America Fascicle 26.9 Noctuoidea Noctuidae (Part) Xyleninae (Part) Apameini (Part) / Kauri Mikkola et al.
Washington, D.C : Wedge Entomological Research Foundation, 2009


Biology, distribution and diversity of tineid moths / Gaden S. Robinson
London : NHM, 2009


Fauna of New Zealand no.62 Trechini (Insecta : Coleoptera) / J.I. Townsend
Lincoln, N.Z. : Landcare Research, 2010


Fauna of New Zealand no.63 Auchenorrhyncha (Insecta : Hemiptera) / M.-C. Lariviere  et al.
Lincoln, N.Z. : Landcare Research, 2010


Encyclopedia of the Swedish Flora and Fauna CV Stovslandor (Psocoptera) Bo W. Svensson
Uppsala : SLU, 2010





Every living thing : man's obsessive quest to catalog life, from nanobacteria to new monkeys / Rob R. Dunn ; preface by E.O. Wilson.
New York : Collins, c2009.


Darwin's armada : four voyages and the battle for the theory of evolution / Iain McCalman.
New York : W.W. Norton & Co., 2009.


Galapagos : preserving Darwin's legacy / Tui de Roy, editor and principal photographer.
London : A&C Black, 2009.


Sea you tomorrow : [the living ocean and coast] / Kang Dongsuk
Yeosu, Korea : Kang Dong-suk, 2009.


Resurrecting Dr. Moss : the life and letters of a Royal Navy surgeon, Edward Lawton Moss MD, RN, 1843-1880 / Paul C. Appleton ; edited by William Barr.
Calgary : University of Calgary Press : Arctic Institute of North America, c2008.





Grundwasser für die Zukunft : Kurzfassungen der Vorträge und PosterTagung der Fachsektion Hydrologie in der DGG (FH-DGG) 12. - 16. Mai 2010, Tübingen / C. Levin
Hannover : Deutsche Gesellschaft für Geowissenschaften, 2010.


Acrothoracica, sverliashchie rakoobraznye / G.A. Kolbasov.
Moskva : T-vo nauch. izd. KMK, 2009.


Maternal effects in mammals / edited by Dario Maestripieri and Jill M. Mateo.
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2009.


A VII. Magyar Denevervedelmi Konferencia (Felsotarkany, 2009. oktober 16-18) kiadvanya = Proceedings of the VIIth Conference on Bat Conservation in Hungary (Felsotarkany, 16th to 18th October 2009)
Eger : Bukki Emlostani Kutatoczoport Egyesulet ; Magyar Deneverkutatok Barati Kore, 2009


Shells: a comprehensive guide to the treasures of the beach
Rochester ; Grange Books, 2008


Schelpen aan de Belgische kust : weet wat je vindt op het strand / Koen Fraussen & Stefaan Wera.
Tielt : Lannoo Campus, 2010.


An illustrated key to Chinese amphibians / Fei Liang ... [et al.]
Sichuan : Sichuan Publishing Group, 2005.


William Smith (1769-1839), a National Treasure!

Our Library blog will give us the opportunity to highlight some of the gems in our collections, particularly those which are large or delicate and therefore difficult for us to bring out for visitors to the Library.

One of the largest items in our collections is the William Smith geological map.


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First published in 1815 under the title: A delineation of the strata of England and Wales with part of Scotland: exhibiting the collieries and mines, the marshes and fen lands originally overflowed by the sea, and the varieties of soil according to the variations in the substrata, illustrated by the most descriptive names.

Smith revolutionised the study of geological time as the first person to use fossils as a tool for determining the strata of rocks, rather than their composition. As a result he earned the nickname William 'Strata' Smith and the 'Father of English Geology'. His work as a land, mine and canal surveyor enabled him to see below the surface and study to structure of the ground.

The map was produced in a number of formats: in sheets, mounted on canvas and rollers or spring rollers (with or without varnish), or on canvas in a travelling case. Our edition of the latter has kept the best, due to light and dirt being kept away. Many of those who bought the full sized copy and mounted it onto the wall, over time the colour faded, making the geological map pretty useless! The image below shows a section of our best copy put alongside the same section of our faded edition. This section includes the Bristol area which Smith knew very well.


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Smith oversaw the hand colouring of each of the maps, signing and numbering each one (see image below). It is believed that around 400 may have been produced and that only 100 may still exist. The map was the first of its kind for this country and a ground breaker internationally. Today’s modern geological maps still owe a lot to William Smith.


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Due to its size and fragility we only get Smith’s map out in all it's glory a few times a year, but keep your eyes on the Nature Live events page, the Library regularly teams up with the Palaeontology Department to do a William Smith talk. This also includes a chance to see some of the specimens collected by William Smith himself.


Winchester, Simon (2001) The map that changed the world: the tale of William Smith and the birth of a science. London : Viking.


Morton, John L (2004) Strata: the remarkable life story of William Smith, the father of English geology. Horsham : Brocken Spectre.

There are more images of the map available via the Picture Library.




Further suggested reading:


We've just had the pleasure of showing 41 teenagers (16-19yrs old) behind the scenes in the Library. Each year the Museum takes part in the Young Graduate for Museums and Galleries (YGMG) programme and we are always really impressed by their reaction when they see some of the special material we get out for them in the Library. The project gives high-achieving young people from different backgrounds the chance to see behind the scenes in Museums and Galleries across the country. They go to seminars, workshops and open days and are given the chance to complete a two week internship in the institution of their choice.

This year we displayed a mix of gems from our collections including Charles Darwin's manuscript pages of Origin of Species, the Library's oldest book (dated 1469) and designs for terracotta figures drawn by the architect of the NHM, Alfred Waterhouse.



It is always really interesting to see how the group react when they are presented with our treasures and what kinds of questions they ask, and this year was no exception. They were fascinated with the cover of the old book rather than what it contained, particularly the vellum covering and metal hinges, and took pictures with their mobiles! When we showed them the designs by Waterhouse of the Museum building, they promised to make sure they’d have a good look at the animals in the architecture as many of them hadn’t noticed them when they arrived. With the Darwin material, there were many comments on the state of his handwriting.

At one point we had a discussion about how many of them kept personal diaries and how today's 'Darwin' was probably tweeting, blogging and emailing, and therefore in the future there could be less handwritten notes and sketches as they saw in front of them.

A really bright group of teenagers and as always a pleasure to show round (especially when they gave us a round of applause!).




Yes and nothing!


We are open 10.00 to 16.30 Monday to Friday. You will need to make an appointment and let us know what you want to look at. This is because we are a reference library, so our staff collect your items and they are waiting for you on arrival.


First of all check out our catalogue to see if we’ve got what you want. Then send an email letting us know what you want to see and when you want to come. On your first visit we will ask for photo ID and proof of address, you fill in a form and that’s it.


For more information on all of this and how to find us visit our website.


New buys

Posted by Rita Dockery Aug 19, 2010
New  books added to the Library collection

16  – 20 August 2010



Please find below a list of  this week’s recently arrived additions to the Library collection. These books are now on display in  the Main Reading Room, Botany Reading Room (for all Botany titles) and Tring  (for all Ornithology titles), which you are welcome to make an appointment to come and use.

Anthropology  / Palaeontology

Geologiia  Severnogo Priaralia : materialy  doktorskoÄ­ dissertatsii,  zashchishchennoÄ­ v 1952  godu

Sankt-Peterburg  : Gumanistika, 2006


Mikrofossilii  proterozoia Saiano-BaÄ­kalskoÄ­ skladchatoÄ­ oblasti : obstanovki  obitaniia, priroda i klassifikatsiia

Novosibirsk : Akademicheskoe  Izd-vo "Geo", 2006


Atlas  de la flore sauvage du département du Val-de-Marne / F. Perriat, S. Filoche and J.  Moret

Mèze : Biotope  ; Paris :  Publications scientifiques du Muséum, impr. 2009.


Atlas  de la flore sauvage du département de la Sarthe / Gérard Hunault and Jacques  Moret

Mèze : Biotope  ; Paris :  Publications scientifiques du Muséum, 2009.


A  book of reed : (Phragmites australis (Cav.) Trin. ex Steudel, Phragmites  communis Trin.) / S. M. Haslam. Cardigan :  Forrest Text, 2010.


Flora  Nordica. 6, Thymelaeaceae to Apiaceae /  ed.-in-chief Bengt Jonsell and Thomas Karlsson

Stockholm Bergius Foundation, Royal  Swedish Acad. of Sciences 2010.


Rote  Liste und Artenverzeichnis der Flechten  Baden-Württembergs / LUBW, Landesanstalt für  Umwelt, Messungen und Naturschutz Baden-Württemberg. [Autor: Volkmar Wirth].  Karlsruhe :  Landesanstalt für Umwelt, Messungen und Naturschutz,  2008.


Le  iris : tra botanica e storia / [catalogo a  cura di Rosa Camoletto, Patrizia Verza Ballesio, Liliana  Quaranta].

Torino : Museo regionale di scienze  naturali, 2009.


Flora  of Ecuador. 36,  Nyctaginaceae / by Gunnar  Harling

Göteborg :  Göteborg  University. Department of  Plant and Environmental Sciences, 2010.


A  key to Pacific grasses / W.D.  Clayton and Neil Snow

Richmond : Royal Botanic  Gardens, Kew,  2010.


Gli alberi e  gli arbusti monumentali del comune di  Lucca / Massimo  Giabastiani, Francesca Occhipinti

[Trees and shrubs of the monumental town of Lucca]

Lucca,  2010.


Whitebeams,  Rowans and Service Trees of Britain and Ireland : a monograph of British and  Irish 'Sorbus' L. / T.C.G. Rich ... [et al.].

London : Botanical Society of the  British Isles ; Cardiff : National Museum Wales,  2010.




A  catalogue of plant bugs (Heteroptera: Miridae) of Poland  / Jacek Gorczyca

Warszawa :  Fundacja Natura Optima Dux, 2007


Insecta  Coleoptera Tenebrionidae : Pedinini Platynotina / Dariusz  Iwan

Montpellier : CIRAD; Paris : IRD; Paris : MNHN. Muséum national d'histoire  naturelle, 2010


Butterflies  of the world:  Part 28, Nymphalidae XIV, Charaxes 3/ Bernard Turlin

Keltern, Germany ; Canterbury, Kent : Goecke & Evers ; Hillside Books, 2007


Butterflies  of the world:  Part 29, Hesperiidae 1, Hesperiidae of the Philippine  Islands (Plates) / Rienk de Jong &  Colin. G.  Treadaway                                         Keltern ; Haywards Heath, West Sussex : Goecke & Evers ; Hillside Books, 2009


Butterflies  of the world: Part 30, Nymphalidae XV, Morpho 1/ Oliver Schäffler  & Thomas Frankenbach

Haywards  Heath, West  Sussex : Hillside Books, 2009


Butterflies  of the world Part 32, Nymphalidae XVII Charaxes/ Bernard Turlin                  

Keltern ;  Haywards Heath : Goecke & Evers ; Hillside  Books, 2009





Biogeography  : an ecological and evolutionary approach / C. Barry Cox, Peter  D. Moore.8th ed.

Hoboken, NJ : Wiley, c2010.


Atlas of  biodiversity risk / edited by Josef Settele ... [ et  al.]

Sofia : Pensoft ,  2010.


Science  and the changing environment in India, 1780-1920 : a guide to sources in the  India Office Records / Richard Axelby and Savithri Preetha Nair ; 

edited by Andrew Cook.

London : The British  Library, 2010.


Redkozemelnye elementy v  ultramafitovykh i mafitovykh  porodakh i ikh mineralakh, kniga 1 : Glavnye tipy porod. Porodoobrazuiushchie  mineraly

Novosibirsk : Akademicheskoe  Iizd-vo "Geo", 2007


Redkozemelnye elementy v  ultramafitovykh i mafitovykh porodakh  i ikh mineralakh, kniga 2 : vtorostepennye i aktsessornye  mineraly

Novosibirsk : Geo,  2007


Ornithology  (Tring)

Atlante  della migrazione degli uccelli in Italia / Fernando Spina & Stefano  Volponi.

Roma : Ministero  dell'ambiente e della tutela del territorio e  del mare ; Bologna : ISPRA, [2008].


The  barley bird : notes on the Suffolk nightingale / Richard Mabey ; artist,  Derrick Greaves.

Woodbridge : Full Circle,  2010.


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

Thetford :  British Trust for Ornithology, 2009.



Checklist  of the birds of New Zealand, Norfolk and Macquarie Islands, and the Ross  Dependency, Antarctica / by the Checklist Committee, Ornithological Society of  New Zealand : B. J. Gill (convenor) ... [et  al.].

Wellington, N.Z. : Te Papa Press  in association with the Ornithological Society of New Zealand,  2010.


Collins  bird guide / text & maps by Lars Svensson; illustrations & captions by  Killian Mullarney & Dan Zetterström; with significant contribution by Peter  J. Grant.

London : Collins,  2009.


The  international black-faced spoonbill census 2008-2009 / [coordinator, Yat-tung  Yu].

Hong Kong : The  Hong Kong Bird Watching Society,  [2009]


Ptitsy  Altaia : prostranstvenno-vremennaia differentsiatsiia, struktura i organizatsiia  naseleniia / S.N. TSybulin, otv. red. Iu. S.  Ravkin

Novosibirsk : Nauka,  2009



Sea  urchins II : worldwide irregular deep water species / Heinke  Schultz

Hemdingen : H. & P.  Schultz Partner Scientific Publications, 2009


Fauna,  atlas and keys to identification and resources of fishes of Lake Baikal / A. N. Matveev, N. M.  Pronin

Ulan-Ude : Izd-vo BNTS SO RAN,  2008.


Las  caseínas de la leche : aspectos comparativos / Francisco M.  Fernández y Marcela Hernández de Sánchez

Tucuman : Republica  Argentina, Ministerio de Cultura y  Educación, 2009.


The  biology of small mammals / Joseph F.  Merritt.

Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press,  2010.


The real  chimpanzee : sex strategies in the forest / Christophe  Boesch.

Cambridge : Cambridge University Press,  2009.


Atlas of  the Persian Gulf  molluscs / H. Hosseinzadeh, B. Daghoghi, H.  Rameshi.

Tehran : Iranian Fisheries  Research Organisation, 2001.


Black  python, <Morelia boeleni> / Ari R. Flagle, Erik  D. Stoops ; edited by Marc Mense.

Frankfurt am Main : Edition Chimaira ,  2009.


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