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Painted caves : palaeolithic rock art in western Europe / Andrew J. Lawson

A 3A o LAW


The Augustinian nunnery of St. Mary Clerkenwell, London : excavations 1974-96 / Barney Sloane

London : Museum of London Archaeology, 2012.

A 3 q SLO


'He being dead yet speaketh' : excavations at three post-medieval burial grounds in Tower Hamlets, East London, 2004-10 / Michael Henderson, Adrian Miles and Don Walker with Brian Connell and Robin Wroe Brown

London : Museum of London Archaeology, c2013.

A 6B q HEN


Disease in London, 1st-19th centuries : an illustrated guide to diagnosis / Don Walker ; photography by Andy Chopping and Edwin Baker

London : Museum of London Archaeology, 2012.

A 7F q WAL


Ancestors in Borneo societies : death, transformation, and social immortality / edited by Pascal Couderc and Kenneth Sillander.

Copenhagen : NIAS Press, 2012.

A 87 o COU




Rhinoceros giants : the paleobiology of Indricotheres / Donald R. Prothero

P 15C o PRO


Palaeobiology of Middle Paleozoic marine brachiopods : a case study of extinct organisms in classical paleontology / Rituparna Bose

Cham [Germany] ; New York : Springer, 2013.

P 36 o BOS


Geologie im Rheinischen Schiefergebirge. Teil 2, Bergishches Land / Karl-Heinz Ribbert ; mit beiträgen von Hans Baumgarten ... [et al.]

Krefeld : Geologischer Dienst Nordrhein-Westfalen, 2012.

P 72L o RIB




Alfred Russel Wallace in the Amazon : footsteps in the forest / Sandra Knapp

London : Natural History Museum, 2013.



Call them the happy years : an autobiography by Barbara Everard from her typewritten account of the years from 1910 to1952 / transcribed and abridged by Martin Everard.

Peterborough : FastPrint Pub., 2011.

B 92 EVE


Proceedings of the Second International Symposium on the Family Magnoliaceae, 5-8 May 2009, Guangzhou, China / edited by Xia Nian-He ... [et al.].

Wuhan, China : Huazhong University of Science & Technology Press, 2012.

B 582.4P4 XIA Q


The Tradescants' orchard : the mystery of a seventeenth-century painted fruit book / Barrie Juniper & Hanneke Grootenboer.

Oxford : Bodleian Library, 2013.

B 7.043 JUN Q


Flora exotica of Jammu and Kashmir / B.L. Bhellum, Rani Magotra, Vir Jee.

New Delhi : Gyan Pub. House, 2013.

B 581.9(54) BHE


Jean-Jacques Rousseau and botany : the salutary science / Alexandra Cook.

Oxford : Voltaire Foundation, 2012.





The meadow brown butterflies : a study in genetics, morphology and evolution / George Thomson

Waterbeck : George Thomson, 2011.





Evolution : making sense of life / Carl Zimmer, Douglas J. Emlen

Greenwood Village, CO : Roberts and Company Publishers, 2013.

L 9D o ZIM


The legacy of a Red Hills hunting plantation : Tall Timbers Research Station & Land Conservancy / Robert L. Crawford and William R. Brueckheimer ; with editorial contributions by William Warren Rogers.

Gainesville : University Press of Florida, 2012.

L 65B q CRA


Problemy i perspektyvy rozvytku muzeïv vishchykh nachalʹnykh zakladiv Ukraïny  : materialy 2-go Kruhloho stolu (Kyïv, 23-24 lystopada 2007 r.) / [vidpovidalʹnyĭ redaktor S. M. Khovrych]

Kyïv: Derzhavnyĭ politekhnichnyĭ muzeĭ, 2007.

L 84 o PRO


SPNHC Strategic Plan January 2013

[S.l.] : SPNHC, 2013

L 84 q SOC


Muséum d'histoire naturelle du Havre

Le Havre : Ville du Havre, 2000.

L 85 q HAV


Information resource description : creating and managing metadata / Philip Hider

London : Facet, 2012



Wildlife Photographer of the Year : the masters of nature photography / Jim Brandenburg ... et al.

London : Natural History Museum, 2013.



State of Nature

[S.l. : s.n.], 2013.





Zarenschätze : Mineralien & Fundstellen in Russland, Armenien, Aserbaidschan, Georgien, Kasachstan, Kirgistan, Tadschikistan, Turkmenistan, Usbekistan, Weissrussland und in der Ukraine / Peter Kolesar, Jaromir Tvrdý ; unter Mitarbeit von Rainer Bode und Steffen Jahn

Haltern : Bode, 2006.

M 553.3/.9 KOL


Apatite : the great pretender / contributors, Michael Bainbridge ... [et al.] ; editors, John Rakovan and Gloria A. Staebler with Donald A. Dallaire and David W. Bunk ; illustrators, Tina Alves ... [et al.].

Denver, Colo. : Lithographie, Ltd., 2013.

M 553.641 BAI




Swordfish : a biography of the ocean gladiator / Richard Ellis.

Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2013

Z 22 o ELL


Mating and ecology of <Hydromedusa tectifera> (Testudines - Chelidae) in the polluted Pinheiros River Sao Paulo Brazil : field methodology, evolution and conservation

Sao Paulo : Edição do autor, 2012



Les rainettes du Cameroun (Amphibiens Anoures) / Jean-Louis Amiet

Nyons : J.-L. Amiet ; Saint-Nazaire (26 Av. de la Havane, 44600) : la Nef des livres, impr. 2012 Impr. Marque déposée).



Tortoises, terrapins and turtles of Africa / Bill Branch

Cape Town : Struik, 2008.



Amphibians of East Africa / Alan Channing and Kim M. Howell.

Ithaca, New York ; Frankfurt ; London  : Edition Chimaira/Cornell University Press, 2006.



Amphibians and reptiles of Texas : with keys, taxonomic synopses, bibliography, and distribution maps / James R. Dixon ; photographs by Toby J. Hibbitts.

College Station : Texas A&M University Press, 2013.



Les chauves-souris de Madagascar : guide de leur distribution, biologie et identification / Steven M. Goodman ; illustrations de Velizar Simeonovski.

Antananarivo, Madagascar : Association Vahatra, 2011.



Contributo alla conoscenza della malacofauna del Golfo di Gabès (Tunisia) / Alberto Cecalupo, Giovanni Buzzurro e Mauro Mariani

Milano : Acquario Civico e Stazione Idrobiologica, c2008

Z 74Ac o CEC


Phylogeography and population genetics in Crustacea / edited by Christoph Held, Stefan Koenmann, Christoph D. Schubart

Boca Raton, Florida : Taylor & Francis Group, 2011



The Library catalogue is available online Library Catalogue

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




Forensic recovery of human remains : archaeological approaches / Tosha L. Dupras ... [et al.].

Boca Raton, FL : CRC Press, c2012

A 6B o DUP


Curating human remains : caring for the dead in the United Kingdom / edited by Myra Giesen

Woodbridge : Boydell Press, 2013

A 6B o GIE




The age of reptiles : the art and science of Rudolph Zallinger's great dinosaur mural at Yale / compiled and edited by Rosemary Volpe ; with contributions by Rudolph F. Zallinger, Vincent Scully, and the staff of the Yale Peabody Museum

New Haven, Conn. : Peabody Museum of Natural History, Yale University, 2007.

P 20e q VOL




Art of nature [Chinese] / Judith Magee

[S.l.] : Chinese National Geography Books, 2013.

B 7.043 MAG


Flora of the Otway Plain and Ranges. 2 : daisies, heaths, peas, saltbushes, sundews, wattles and other shrubby and herbaceous dicotyledons / Enid Mayfield

Collingwood, Vic. : CSIRO Publishing, 2013.

B 581.9(945) MAY


Flora del valle de Tehuacán-Cuicatlán. Fasciculo 107, Fabaceae / A. Rosa Olvera-Luna, Susana Gama- López, Alfonso Delgado-Salinas

Flora del valle de Tehuacán-Cuicatlán. Fasciculo 102, Bacillariophyta Hustedt / Eberto Novelo

Flora del valle de Tehuacán-Cuicatlán. Fasciculo 106, Hydrangeaceae Dumort. / Emmanuel Pérez- Calix

Flora del valle de Tehuacán-Cuicatlán. Fasciculo 105, Phytolaccaceae R. Br. / Lorena Villanueva Almanza

Flora del valle de Tehuacán-Cuicatlán. Fasciculo 104, Bignoniaceae Juss. / Esteban Martínez, Clara Hilda Ramos

México : Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Instituto de Biología, 2012.

B 581.9(79P9) SOU


Flora Zambesiaca. Volume 8, Part 5 / edited by Jonathan Timberlake & E. S. Martins

Kew : Published by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, for the Flora Zambesiaca Managing Committee, 2013.

B 581.9(689) EXE


Rory McEwen : colours of reality / edited by Martin Rix.

Kew : Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, 2013.

B 7.043 MCE Q




Mutation : the history of an idea from Darwin to genomics / Elof Axel Carlson

Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. : Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, c2011

L 10H o CAR


Exploring the landscape of the National Forest : a walkers' guide to the landscape and natural environment of the National Forest / Keith Ambrose ... [et al].

Nottingham : British Geological Survey, 2012.

L 72Aa o NAT


Alfred Russel Wallace's 1886-1887 travel diary : the North American lecture tour / edited by Charles H. Smith and Megan Derr ; with a preface by Michael Shermer

Manchester, UK : Siri Scientific Press ; c2013.

L 96A o WAL


Practical digital preservation : a how-to guide for organizations of any size / Adrian Brown.

London : Facet, 2013



A dictionary of environment and conservation.

Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2013.



The Cambridge encyclopedia of Darwin and evolutionary thought / edited by Michael Ruse.

Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2013





Peru : paradise of minerals / Jaroslav Hyršl ... et al.

Lima : Museum Andrés del Castillo, 2010.

M (85) HYR


Minerals of the lead and zinc ore deposit Mežica / Aleksander Rečnik

Ljubljana : Jožef Stefan Institute, 2010.

M 553.8(497.12)


Amethyst : Uruguay - two centuries of amethyst mining / Reinhard Balze, Peter Masberg

München : Christian Weise, 2008.

M (899) BAL




Atlas der Brutvögel in Hamburg und Umgebung : Kartierungen im Rahmen des bundeswiten Atlasprojecktes "ADEBAR" / von Alexander Mitschke

Hamburg : Arbeitskreis an der Staatlichen Vogelschutzwarte Hamburg", 2012

ORNITHOLOGY S 1318                     


Australian bird names : a complete guide / by Ian  Fraser and Jeannie Gray.

Collingwood, Vic. : CSIRO Publishing, 2013.

ORNITHOLOGY 98 FRA                     


Catching the bug : a Sound Approach guide to the birds  of Poole Harbour / [text:] Mark Constantine, Nick Hopper & The Sound Approach ; [maps: Cecilia Bosman ;  photogr.: Nick Hopper ... et al. ; text ed.: Magnus  Robb ... et al.].

Poole : The Sound Approach, 2012.

ORNITHOLOGY 72Aa/11 CON                


Hornbills of the world : a photographic guide / Pilai Poonswad, Alan Kemp, Morten Strange, photography by Tim Laman and others.

Singapore : Draco Publishing, 2013.

ORNITHOLOGY 18(5) POO                  


Looking for the Goshawk / Conor Mark Jameson

London : Bloomsbury, 2013.

ORNITHOLOGY 18(1F) JAM                 


The man who saved the whooping crane : the Robert  Porter Allen story / Kathleen Kaska.

Gainesville : University Press of Florida, c2012.

ORNITHOLOGY 96A ALL                    


More than birds : adventurous lives of North American  naturalists / Val Shushkewich.

Toronto : Dundurn, [2012], ©2012.

ORNITHOLOGY 96 SHU                     


Rare birds of the Canary Islands : Aves raras de las Islas Canarias / Eduardo García-del-Rey & Francisco Javier García Vargas

Barcelona : Lynx Edicions, 2013.

ORNITHOLOGY 78 GAR                     


State of Nature

[S.l. : s.n.], 2013.

ORNITHOLOGY 72A ROY                    


Understanding the role of avian vectors in the spread of <Phytophthora ramorum> / E. Coleman & J.A. Clark

Thetford, United Kingdom : British Trust for Ornithology, 2010.

ORNITHOLOGY S 103 M                    


Waterbirds on English Sites of Special Scientific  Interest : A review of the use made by non-breeding waterbirds of the English SSSI network / N.A. Calbrade, A.J. Musgrove & G.E. Austin

Thetford, United Kingdom : British Trust for Ornithology, 2011.

ORNITHOLOGY S 103 M                    


El mosquitero ibérico / Nacho Rodríguez Martínez, Javier García Fernández, José Luis Copete (coordinadores) [The Iberian Chiffchaff]

León : Grupo Ibérico de Anillamiento, 2013.



Eggs and physiology through the evolution of amniotes / Maximilian T. Stockdale

[Bristol :University of Bristol, 2013.]





Les Carnivora de Madagascar / Steven M. Goodman

Antananarivo, Madagascar : Association Vahatra, 2012.

Z 17D o GOO


Threatened Animals of Japanese Tidal Flats : Red Data Book of Seashore Benthos / Japanese Association of Benthology

Toaki University Press, Hadano 2012

Z 73I q JAP


A celebration of birds : C.G. Finch-Davies's final album of southern African birds.

Johannesburg : Natural History Books, c1990.

Z 88 f FIN


The biology of squat lobsters / editors: Gary C.B. Poore, Shane T. Ahyong, Joanne Taylor

Boca Raton, Florida : Taylor & Francis Group, 2011



Decapod crustacean phylogenetics / edited by Joel W. Martin, Keith A. Crandall, Darryl L. Felder.

Boca Raton, Fla.; London : CRC Press, 2009



Les petits mammifères de Madagascar : guide de leur distribution, biologie et identification / Voahangy Soarimalala & Steven M. Goodman ; illustrations de Velizar Simeonovski.

Antananarivo, Madagascar : Association Vahatra, 2011.



Amphibians and Reptiles / Trevor J.C. Beebee

Exeter : Pelagic Publishing, 2013.



Snakes of Zimbabwe and Botswana / Donald G. Broadley, Roger Blaylock

Frankfurt am Main : Edition Chimaira, 2013.






Drawings collection of Olivia Frances Tonge (1858-1949)


by Lisa Atalla, Information Assistant


Olivia Fanny Tonge (nee Fitzmaurice) was born in Glamorganshire in 1858. Her Father, Lewis Roper Fitzmaurice (b.1816, London), a mate and assistant surveyor on the H.M.S Beagle under John Lort Stokes was a keen naturalist and painter who specialised in watercolour landscapes. Many of his watercolours were used to illustrate Captain Lort Stokes’ book ‘Discovery in Australia… Voyage of H.M.S Beagle 1837-43’ (London, 1846).



NHM Image number: 043082




It was from her father that Olivia’s interest in travel and love of nature probably stemmed- although, it has been said he did not have much confidence in her as a painter, being unaware that her inability to draw landscapes was due to being short sighted rather than lack of talent. As a consequence, Olivia’s watercolours were small scale, focussing on flowers, bird and reptiles- things that she could see in detail close up.







At the age of 19, Olivia married Dinely Fowler Tonge, with whom she had two daughters- Blanche and Ermin. At this point she gave up painting, spending time on other creative pursuits. This included writing articles for her friend the Reverend J. G. Wood’s publication ‘The Animal World’ and books such as ‘Petland Revisited’ as well as woodcarving, metalwork, singing, dress design and embroidery.

After her husband died, Olivia had to earn money to support her daughters, and became the needle work editor of ‘Hearth and Home’ for many years. She didn't begin painting again until her eldest daughter began to paint landscapes and portraits.


NHM Image number: 043080




In 1908, at the age of 50, Olivia embarked on the first of her two trips to India alone. In the preface to her sketchbooks a passage entitled ’Curious Fragment’ shows the determination and independence this would have required .Tonge3.jpg



“And it came to pass that a certain Grandmother, when that she had come to nigh on two score years and ten; and had gotten long in the tooth, spake to herself thus.- Lo, will I now paint… and verily no man mote stop her”

The 16 sketch books, donated to the Natural History Museum Library in 1952 each contain around 30 pages of annotated watercolours made in Sindh, Calcutta, Darjeeling, Mussoorie, Luknow, Karsiyang, Karachi and various other places across India and Pakistan- spanning both of Olivia’s trips in 1908-1910 and 1912-1913.


NHM Image number: 043090







Unusually, Olivia included cultural elements to her drawings, including people, local jewellery, toys, methods of transport (including working animals) and even local sweets.




The pages were crowded with annotations and intertwining paintings of differing subjects. She depicted local people alongside the local flora and fauna, perhaps showing how the culture of the area is influenced by the natural world around them - and certainly making nature and science more accessible to the non-scientific community at home, who had an interest in the exotic.

Olivia’s annotations were charming and personal- not at all scientific, such as- “ A Mussoorie Black Crested Myna, a very friendly bird with a beautiful song”. The colours she used reflected the vibrancy and richness of the country she travelled in and the experience she was documenting.




NHM Image number: 021874


In 1913, on her return from India, Olivia again stopped painting- instead, taking up gardening.  She died in Lincoln at the age of 90.



NHM Image number: 0430797


The Library catalogue is available online at Library Catalogue

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



RESponse of humans to abrupt Environmental Transitions [RESET] : a consortium project funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (UK), January 2008 to Summer 2013 : finale meeting 'When Europe was covered by ice and ash', The British Museum, London, 6 to 8 June, 2013 : programme and abstracts / Natural Environment Research Council, RESET, The British Museum

[London : The British Museum], 2013.

A 6 q RES


Human adaptation in the Asian Palaeolithic : Hominin dispersal and behaviour during the late Quaternary / Ryan J. Rabett

New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012.

A 3 q RAB



Fossils : a photographic field guide / Chris and Helen Pellant

London : New Holland, 2013

P 15 o PEL


Geologicheskaia istoriia Podmoskov'ia v kollektsiiakh estestvennonauchnykh muzeev Rossiĭskoĭ akademii nauk / [I.A. Starodubtseva ... et al.]

Moskva : Nauka, 2008

P 72Z o STA


Faunal assemblages, stratigraphy and taphonomy of the Late Miocene localities in the Republic of Moldova / Aleksandru Lungu and Barbara Rzebik-Kowalska

Kraków : Polish Academy of Sciences, 2011

P 72Za o LUN




Flore des Seychelles: Dicotylédones / Francis Friedmann

2nd ed.

Marseille : Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle, 2011.

B 581.9(696) FRI


Trees and shrubs of Afghanistan : a dendrological guide / Mohammad Alam

Bussigny : Rossolis, 2011.

B 581.9(581) ALA


Kaffee : Ein globaler Erfolg = Coffee : a global success / H. Walter Lack, Kathrin Grotz & Tadesse W. Gole (eds)

Berlin : Botanischer Garten und Botanisches Museum, 2013.

B 633.7 LAC


The genus Lachenalia / Graham Duncan ; with watercolours by Winsome Barker ... [et al.] ; line drawings by Vicki Thomas ; scientific editor, Trevor Edwards ; general editor, Martyn Rix.

Richmond, Surrey : Kew Publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens ; Chicago, IL : Distributed in North America by the University of Chicago Press, 2012.

B 582.4P178 DUN


Galanthomania : sneeuwklokjes = snowdrops / Hanneke van Dijk ; fotografie, George M. Otter

Arnhem : Terra, 2011.

B 582.4P174 DIJ




The ants of Poland : with reference to the myrmecofauna of Europe / Wojciech Czechowski ...[et al.]

Warszawa : Natura optima dux Foundation, 2012.

E 72S o FAU Vol. 4


House dust mites and storage mites (Acari, Oribatida, Astigmatina) : identification keys / Krzysztof Solarz





Amazônia Maranhense : diversidade e conservação / Marlúcia Bonifácio Martins, Tadeu Gomes de Oliveira

Belém : Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi, 2011.

L 76D q MAR


Art of Nature [Chinese] / Judith Magee

[S.l.] : Chinese National Geography Books, 2013.



Climate change and European marine ecosystem research : European Commission's Seventh Framework Programme (CLAMER) / Chris Reid, Glynn Gorick & Martin Edwards.

Plymouth : Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science, SAHFOS, 2011.

L 87 o CLI


Handbook of meta-analysis in ecology and evolution / edited by Julia Koricheva, Jessica Gurevitch, and Kerrie Mengersen

Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2013]

L 93 q KOR


The librarian's nitty-gritty guide to social media / Laura Solomon.

Chicago : ALA Editions, an imprint of the American Library Association, 2013.



Meadows / George Peterken

Gillingham, Dorset : British Wildlife Publishing, 2013.

L 72A o PET


Proceedings of the Russia-China Bilateral Symposium on Marine Ecosystems under the Global Change in the Northwestern Pacific, Vladivostok, Russia, October 8-9, 2012 /

Vladivostok : Dalnauka, 2012.

L 77 q ZHI




Minerals and their localities / Jan H. Bernard and Jaroslav Hyršl ; edited by Vandall T. King

Praha, Czech Republic : Granit, 2006

M 553.3 BER


Collecting Arizona : state of mines, legacy of minerals / recounted by Tony L. Potucek, Les Presmyk, Richard Graeme, and others ; edited by Terry C. Wallace, with Gloria A. Staebler ... [et al.]

Denver : Lithographie, c2012

M (791) WAL




Run until dead : a brief history of the polar expedition dog / Marget Florio.

Mercersburg, Pa. : Polar Press, 2010.

Z 3A q FLO


Parazitozy Amerikanskoi Norki v Dikikh Populaitsiiakh i zookul'ture / E.I. Anisimova, S.V. Poloz

Minsk : Beloruskaia Nauka, 2010

Z 24 o ANI


Notas sobre algunos mamiferos Silvestres de Lomerio

Santa Cruz, Bolivia : BOLFOR 1996

Z 76H o PRO


Kangaroos / by Terence J Dawson.

Collingwood, Vic. : CSIRO Publishing, 2012



Hermaphroditism : a primer on the biology, ecology, and evolution of dual sexuality / John C. Avise ; with organismal line-drawings by Trudy Nicholson.

New York : Columbia University Press, c2011

Z 14 o AVI


Fish larvae atlas of the NE Atlantic : results from the Continuous Plankton Recorder Survey 1948-2005 / Edwards, M., Helaeout, P., Halliday, N., Beaugrand, G., Fox, C., Johns, D.G., Licandro, P., Lynam, C., Pitois, S., Stevens, D., Coombs, S. & Fonseca, L.

Plymouth : Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science, SAHFOS, 2011

Z 49 o FIS


Conservation biology and applied zooarchaeology / edited by Steve Wolverton and R. Lee Lyman

Tucson : University of Arizona Press, c2012

Z 10J o WOL


Castorul in România : monografie / Georgeta Ionescu ... [et al.]

Bucuresti : Editura Silvica, 2010



Animal London / Ianthe Ruthven

London : Square Peg, 2011

Z 3A o RUT


The amphibians and reptiles of Cyprus / Felix Baier, David J. Sparrow, and Hans-Jörg Wiedl.

Frankfurt am Main : Edition Chimaira ; Lanesboro, MN : Serpent's Tale [distributor], 2013.



Cicely Proctor has joined us for a summer internship working with the Centre for Arts and Humanities Research (CAHR).


She is in her second year of a degree at Southampton Solent University, studying 'Writing, Fashion and Culture'.








In her first 2 weeks she has already participated in behind the scenes tours for potential collaborators with CAHR, giving her an insight into the daily work of museum staff.


This has included watching the preservation of palaeontological specimens in our Conservation studio, the pressing of dried plant specimens by a herbarium technician and learning about curation of moth speciemsn undertaken by entomologist Martin Honey.







Cicely has been given the task of studying the recent Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) consultation relating to 'Classifying and measuring the creative industries'. Next month Cicely will be meeting with individual staff members from the Library & Archives team to learn more about the types of researchers who use our collections and how many could be classed as coming from the 'creative industries'. Information collected by Cicely will go towards a longer term plan of how the museum can encourage more researchers such as fashion designers or artists to use the collections.


When you speak to Cicely, it is clear how struck she is by the size of the collections that she has already witnessed behind the scenes, and how she never realised this as a regular visitor to the Museum.


We are looking forward to her working with us over the summer and hope that she really enjoys learning more about the museum, its collections and how researchers from all different walks of life could be interested in our collections.





In March 2013 a short term funded project was started to catalogue miscellaneous Alfred Russel Wallace manuscripts. These items were recently added to the Library's larger Wallace collection, and consist of items such as printed ephemera, photographs, cuttings, maps (including constellation), notebooks and other miscellaneous items (for example, a lock of hair belonging to his friend Richard Spruce). These items are generally those collected by A. R. Wallace, rather than written or made by him




Diane Tough is the cataloguer employed to undertake this interesting project, which is funded until November 2013.





Information relating to each individual item is recorded into CALM, the Archives online catalogue, and is available immediately via our website for the use of researchers. Each item is given a individual reference number, described, measured and specific information is recorded; such as a physical description, any markings or notes that it contains etc. On average approximately 25 items are processed per day.





As a result of the work she has already completed for this project, Diane has learnt new information about Wallace, his personal life and family. This includes;



      • His artistic talent
      • William, his brother, was also a talented artist
      • Wallace was interested in phrenology


Diane is thoroughly enjoying the variety of items that she is handling and the stories they tell. The following are examples of some of her favourites:




Address presented to the Reverend W. P. Stephens

St Savour's, Johannesburg - dated 1899 (hand coloured and on vellum) (WP18/77)

[Pictured with Diane above]


Results of a Phrenological study taken of A. R. Wallace by James Quilter Rumball - dated 1845. It includes the development chart and handwritten character analysis WP18/39 [Pictured above]


Wallace is scored on a scale of 6 (very small) to 10 (very large). Some examples include:


Locality - sense of place, of space - love of travelling = Score 9

Destructiveness - impluse to destroy, by word or deed = score 8





Proofs of woodcut illustrations for Wallace's publication 'The Malay Archipelago', these are by multiple artists (WP6/1/7 1-34) [Pictured above]


Photograph of 369 Channel Street, Stockton, California (WP2/1/25) This is believed to be the house of Wallace's brother John, who Wallace visited during his tour of America and taken circa 1887. What is particularly interesting is that it depicts two youngsters in the foreground sitting on what look to be very early bicycles. [Pictured above]






Out now is the Spring edition of EVOLVE, the Natural History Museum's glossy inhouse magazine.



News and articles included, which may be of particular interest for Library & Archive lovers are:


Martin Hinton 'My mysterious career' - by Karolyn Shindler


Wallace's letters online


Wallace species seeker extraordinaire - by Richard Conniff


Remarkable collections: What's new at the Museum - by Gemma Simmons


John Gould- by Gemma Simmons


Evolve is available to purchase via the Museum website, in the shop or members receive it free.


harvard students 2013 1.jpg



Eleven Harvard students arrived from America this week to begin two weeks of work the NHM Library & Archives. The students are here as part of a eight week summer school, the first two weeks in London and then the rest of the time in Oxford.


During their time with us in the museum, they will work on transcribing Wallace letters from the collections as part of the Wallace Correspondence Project


The students are in the UK for a total of eight weeks and are funded by the David Rockefeller International Experience Grants Program (DRIEG). After they finish at the NHM next week they are attending the Harvard Summer School Programme course called "An exploration of evolutionary biology" at Oxford University.


For many of them this is their first experience of London and the UK, so thankfully the weather has finally turned summery for them!


We thank them for their hard work over the next two weeks and wish them luck for the rest of their trip.





Mark Catesby was born in Essex in 1683, the son of John Catesby, a lawyer and a gentleman farmer. Catesby developed an interest in natural history after meeting naturalist John Ray. The Catesby family were of medium wealth and the inheritance Mark received upon the death of his father allowed him to pursue his love for natural history.



Catesby spent some time studying in London before voyaging to America in 1710 to stay with his sister in Williamsburg, Virginia. During this time he collected botanical specimens and seeds and sent them back to Thomas Fairchild, a nurseryman in Hoxton. This time spent in America advanced Catesby’s knowledge of plants and animals, gained him more experience of collecting and improved his drawing skills.





Above: Cancer terrestris Land crab plate 32 from 'Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahamas', Vol 2 by Mark Catesby NHM Image number: 022694



Whilst away his profile amongst the science community had grown. Eminent scientists Sir Hans Sloane and Dr William Sherrard had identified Catesby’s potential as a naturalist, even purchasing specimens from him themselves. NaturalHistoryMuseum_PictureLibrary_014700_Comp.JPG




In 1722 Sloane and the Royal Society financed a trip for Catesby to Carolina. Whilst based in Charlestown, he collected plants, birds and shells, sending many back to Sloane in London. At this point Catesby would have regarded himself predominantly as a botanist. However, Sloane’s demands for other specimens increased his knowledge and interest in ornithology.


Catesby travelled from Carolina to the eastern coast of North America, taking in Florida and later moving on to the West Indies, returning to England in 1726.


Upon his return he was encouraged to publish the illustrations made during his trip. This became a labour of love for Catesby. Despite having financial backing, he still had to oversee the entire production of his book Natural History of Carolina, Florida and Bahamas Islands. He even learnt how to etch copper plates, taking lessons from Joseph Goupy a French painter and engraver who resided in London. Not only did Catesby engrave the plates, he also hand coloured them until he could afford to employ help.



Left: Title page from The Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama islands (1731-43) Vol. 1 by Mark Catesby. NHM Image number 014700




The Natural History of Carolina was eventually published in three parts; Volume 1 in 1731, Volume 2 in 1743 and finally a Supplement in 1746. The book covered birds, animals, fish, snakes, insects, plants, forest trees and shrubs. His book was the first to use folio-sized plates for natural history subjects. This allowed Catesby to draw many of his birds their actual size.




Throughout this tome are many wonderful and fascinating drawings. One of particular importance is that of the Passenger Pigeon (Ectopistes migratorius). This bird once lived in huge flocks and it was reported that in 1866 one flock in southern Ontario was one mile wide and three hundred miles long, taking fourteen hours to pass over. It is estimated to have held in excess of 3.5 billion birds. They remained in such enormous numbers until the early 20th century, when hunting and habitat destruction led to the Passenger Pigeon’s eventual extinction. They were hunted for food, for their feathers to make beds and it was also believed the pigeon had medicinal properties. Martha, reportedly the last surviving Passenger Pigeon, died at the Cincinnati zoo in September 1914.


Catesby’s book was well received and remained in demand for a long period, primarily because it was the only book on North American natural history at the time. Catesby died in 1749 leaving all his works to his wife, who sold them on for £400. They were purchased by King George III and are now in the Royal Library at Windsor.


Above: Ectopistes migratorius, passenger pigeon Plate 23, hand coloured etching from The Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama islands (1731-43) Vol. 1 by Mark Catesby. NHM Image number 014723


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Anthropology / Palaeontology


The world at the time of Messel : puzzles in palaeobiology, palaeoenvironment, and the history of early primates : 22nd International Senckenberg Conference, Frankfurt am Main, 15th-19th November 2011 / Thomas Lehmann & Stephan F.K. Schaal, eds.
Frankfurt am Main : Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung, c2011.
P 12U q LEH


Mesozoic terrestrial ecosystems of the Korean Cretaceous dinosaur coast : a field guide to the excursions of the 11th Mesozoic terrestrial ecosystems symposium (August 19-22, 2012) / by Martin G. Lockley & Min Huh & Jeong Yul Kim ; organized by the 11th MTE Organizing Committee ; hosted by the Geological Society of Korea ; co-hosted by Korea Dinosaur Research Center, Chonnam National University
[Gwangju, Korea : Korea Dinosaur Research Center, Chonnam National University, 2012].
P 15A o SYM


Program : the 11th Symposium on Mesozoic terrestrial systems : biota and ecosystem, and their global correlation : Kimdaejung Convention Center, Gwangju City, South Korea, August 15th-18th, 2012 / organized by the 11th MTE Organizing Committee ; hosted by the Geological Society of Korea ; co-hosted by Korea Dinosaur Research Center, Chonnam National University
[Gwangju, Korea : Korea Dinosaur Research Center, Chonnam National University, 2012].
P 15A o SYM


History of life / Richard Cowen
Chichester, West Sussex, UK ; Hoboken, NJ : Wiley-Blackwell, 2013
P 15C q COW


Eurypterids illustrated : the search for prehistoric sea scorpions / Samuel J. Ciurca, Jr.
Rochester, New York : Paleo Research, 2008-2010.
P26 q CIU


Prehl'adná geologická mapa kvartéru Slovenskej Republiky = General quaternary geological map of the Slovak Republic / zostavili = compilation, Juraj Maglay, redaktor = ed.ed ; Martina Moravcová ... [et al.] ; Ministerstvo Životného Prostredia ... [et al.].
Bratislava : [s.n.], 2011.




The reindeer botanist : Alf Erling Porsild, 1901-1977 / Wendy Dathan.
Calgary : University of Calgary Press, 2012.
92 POR


Guide d'identification des arbres du Burkina Faso / Moctar Sacande, Lassina Sanou et Henk Beentje.
Kew : Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, 2012.
581.9(662.5) SAC


Hardy cypripedium : species, hybrids and cultivation / Werner Frosch, Phillip Cribb.
Richmond : Kew Publishing, 2013.
582.4P4169 FRO Q


Genus Cyclamen : in science, cultivation, art and culture / edited by Brian Mathew ; watercolours by Christabel King and Pandora Sellars.
Richmond, Surrey : Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, 2013.
582.4P99 MAT Q


The art of embroidered butterflies / Jane E. Hall
Tunbridge Wells : Search Press, 2012.
E 3A q HAL


Mariposas del Ecuador = Butterflies & moths of Ecuador / Museo de Zoologia. Vol. 14, Familia: Riodinidae / Francisco Piñas Rubio
Quito : Compañía de Jesús, 2006.


Troficheskie sviazi gusenits sovkoobraznykh cheshuekrylykhh fauny Rossii (Lepidoptera, Noctuoidea: Nolidae, Erebidae, Euteliidae, Noctuidae) = Trophic connections of the larvae of noctuoidea of Russia / A. Ju. Matov, V.S. Kononenko.
Vladivostok : Dalʹnauka, 2012.


The human impact on the natural environment : past, present and future / Andrew S. Goudie
Chichester : John Wiley & Sons, 2013.
L 66A q GOU


Ghidul speciilor comune din Parcul Naţional Munţii Rodnei = Field guide to common species from the Rodna Mountains National Park / [text Claudiu Iușan, Alina Szabó]
Bistriţa : Karuna, 2009.
L 72N o IUS


Tibet wild : a naturalist's journeys on the roof of the world / George B. Schaller.
Washington, DC : Island Press, 2012.
L 73F o SCH


Memórias do Mar : biodiversidade, conservação e cultura no litoral Brasileiro / Leopold Cavaleri Gerdhardinger, Maíra Borgonha, Áthila Andrade Bertoncicni, editores
Florianópolis : Ecomares, 2010.
L 76D q GER


Manguezais do Rio de Janeiro.
[Rio de Janeiro, Brazil] : Prefeitura da Cidade do Rio de Janeiro, Secretaria Municipal de Meio Ambiente, [2000?]
L 76D q SEC


Il Museo regionale di scienze naturali : la regione promotrice di cultura naturalistica / a cura di Elena Giacobino e Daniele Ormezzano.
Torino : Museo regionale di scienze naturali, 2011.
L 85 o TUR


Preserving archives / Helen Forde and Jonathan Rhys-Lewis
London : Facet Publishing, 2013.



Halocyprid ostracods of the Arabian Sea region / Inna Drapun, Sharon L. Smith.
Muscat, Oman : Sultan Qaboos University, Academic Publication Board, 2011.


Calanoid copepods of the Arabian Sea region / Irina Prusova, Sharon L. Smith, Elena Popova.
Muscat, Oman : Sultan Qaboos University, Academic Publication Board, 2011.


The fishes of Zimbabwe and their biology / Brian Marshall.
Grahamstown, South Africa : South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity, 2011.


Lemurs of Madagascar / Russell A. Mittermeier ... [et al.] ; illustrated by Stephen D. Nash.
Arlington, Va. : Conservation International, 2010


E l'uomo incontrò il lupo : Domesticazione del lupo e origine del rapporto tra uomo e cane / a cura di Luciana Trovato, Roberta Cavelli
Torino : Regione Piemonte Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturali Torino, 2011.


Biology and conservation of tropical Asian amphibians : proceedings of the conference "Biology of the Amphibians in the Sunda Region, South-east Asia" / edited by Indraneil Das, Alexander Haas and Andrew Alek Tuen.
Sarawak, Malaysia : Institute of Biodiversity and Environmental Conservation, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, c2011.






Last week we welcomed Ana-Maria Costa, the Library & Archive's first Synthesys funded researcher. She is with us for three weeks.


Ana-Maria is here as part of her PhD with the University of Lisbon, entitled 'The Natural History in Art and the Art in Natural History 1770-1810'.


During her stay she will be using the Botanical and Zoological artwork collections from the Library and in particular those relating to:


Captain James Cook's two voyages

First Fleet

William Bartram







In particular the goal of her PhD is to compare and contrast the 'cultural' skills of Portuguese artists with those of other European artists during the period 1770-1810.





When studying the collections, she is looking at a number of different levels:


Artistic - not only interested in the colours used, but form, line and composition. Also what the artist puts behind, whether the perspectives are correct and their use of light and shadow to create a 3D effect.


Scientific/taxonomic - has the species been identified and if so correctly.



Geographic - she is recording the geographical information of the specimen depicted in order to later plot these on a map.


Ana-Maria is in her third year of four and has already researched the art collections at the Libraries of the Natural History Museum and Botanical Gardens, Lisbon, National Museum, Lisbon and Botanical Gardens, Madrid.


By the end of her research here Ana-Maria is looking to have identified approximately 40 pieces of artwork to use for her PhD, in addition to those selected from the other institutions.


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Anthropology / Palaeontology



Adrar Bous : archaeology of a central Saharan granitic ring complex in Niger / J. Desmond Clark ... [et al.] ; Diane Gifford-Gonzalez, general editor.
Tervuren, Belgium : Royal Museum for Central Africa, 2008.
A 2 o CLA


Starting from scratch : site specific paintings that consider aspects of human activity from Britain's ancient past / Brian Graham
London : Hart Gallery, 2011
A 3A q GRA




Late Devonian conodonts from northwestern Thailand / Norman M. Savage
Eugene, Oregon : Bourland, 2013.
P 24 q SAV


Le Alpi Carniche : uno scrigno geologico = Die Karnischen Alpen : ein geologisches Schatzkästchen / a cura di Giuseppe Muscio e Corrado Venturini ; [testi: Giuseppe Muscio ... et al. ; Disegni: Furio Colman ... et al. ; red.: Giuseppe Muscio ... et al. ; trad. di italiano a tedesco: PuntoLingue].
Udine : Museo Friulano di storia naturale, 2012.
P 72I o MUS


Fossil mammals of Asia : Neogene biostratigraphy and chronology / edited by Xiaoming Wang, Lawrence J. Flynn, and Mikael Fortelius.
New York : Columbia University Press, c2013
P 73 q WAN


Corridors to extinction and the Australian megafauna / Steve Webb
Amsterdam : Elsevier, 2013.
P 77A o WEB


James Hutton : the founder of modern geology / Donald B. McIntyre and Alan McKirdy
Edinburgh : NMS, 2012
P 96 o HUT



Proceedings of Cycad 2008 : the 8th International Conference on Cycad Biology, 13-15 January 2008, Panama City, Panama / editors: Dennis Wm. Stevenson, Roy Osborne, and Alberto Sidney Taylor Blake.
Bronx, N.Y. : New York Botanical Garden Press, 2012.
B 582.4P166 STE


The genus betula : a taxonomic revision of birches / by Kenneth Ashburner and Hugh A. McAllister ; illustrations by Josephine Hague.
London : Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, 2013.
B 582.4P159 ASH


The story of Kew Gardens in photographs / by Lynn Parker, Kiri Ross-Jones.
London : Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, 2013.
B 58.006 KEW PAR


Zhong giuo gian den zhi wu = Higher plants of China. Volume 14, [Index] / editors: Fu Xiaoping and Li Yong
[Qingdao] : Qingdao Publishing House, 2013.
B 581.9(51) HIG Q


Zhong giuo gian den zhi wu = Higher plants of China. Volume 1, [Bryophyta] / editors: Wu Pengchen [sic], Jia Yu and Zhang Li
[Qingdao] : Qingdao Publishing House, 2012.
B 581.9(51) HIG Q



Die Käfer Mitteleuropas. Bd. 4, Staphylinidae (exklusive Aleocharinae, Pselaphinae und Scydmaeninae) / Heinz Freude, Karl Wilhelm Harde, Gustav Adolf Lohse
Heidelberg : Spektrum, 2012.


A manual for the identification of the dragonflies and damselflies of New Guinea, Maluku, and the Solomon Islands / John Michalski ; ill. M. A. Lieftinck
Morristown, N.J. : Kanduanum Books, 2012.


Comportements d'Abeilles Colletidae (Hymenoptera) : Les genres <Hylaeus>, <Chilicola>, <Colletes>, <Pasiphae>, <Policana>, <Cadeguala>, <Caupolicana>, <Lonchopria> et <Diphaglossa> / Hippolyte Janvier ; edited with annotations by Holger H. Dathe, Michael Kuhlmann & Claire Villemant
Ansfelden : Entomofauna, 2012.



The evolutionary strategies that shape ecosystems / J. Philip Grime, Simon Pierce.
Chichester, West Sussex, UK ; Hoboken, NJ : Wiley-Blackwell, 2012.
L 10E o GRI


Natural Skye / by Paul Yoxon and Grace M. Yoxon
Broadford, Isle of Skye : Skye Environmental Centre, 2012.
L 72Ab o YOX


Biodiversidad de Guatemala. vol. 1 / editado por Enio B. Cano.
Guatemala, Guatemala, Centroamérica : Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, 2006
L 75Eb q BIO


Wildlife photographer of the year. Portfolio 22 / edited by Rosamund Kidman Cox.
London : Natural History Museum, 2012.
L 83 q WIL


Science communication : a practical guide for scientists / Laura Bowater and Kay Yeoman.
Hoboken : Wiley, 2013.
L 98 o BOW


British Palaeozoic fossils / edited by L. Robin M. Cocks
London : Natural History Museum, 2012


British Mesozoic fossils / edited by Andrew B. Smith
London : Natural History Museum, 2012.



Ornithology (Tring)

Alexander Wilson : the Scot who founded American ornithology / Edward H. Burtt, Jr., William E. Davis, Jr.
Cambridge, Massachusetts : The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2013.


Analysis of Wetland Bird Survey (WEBS) data for the Wash SSSI/NNR / V.H. Ross-Smith, N.A. Calbrade & G.E. Austin
Thetford, Norfolk : British Trust for Ornithology, 2011.


Atlas of duck populations in eastern Europe / Janis Viksne ... [et al.].
Vilnius, Lithuania : OMPO Vilnius, 2010.


The illustrated guide to ducks and geese and other domestic fowl : how to choose them, how to keep them / [text and illustrations by Celia Lewis].
London ; New York : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2012.


A naturalist's guide to the birds of Borneo : Sabah, Sarawak, Brunei and Kalimantan / Wong Tsu Shi.
London : John Beaufoy Pub., 2012.


Owls of North America / Frances Backhouse.
Buffalo, N.Y. ; Richmond Hill, Ont. : Firefly Books, 2008.


Parrots of Africa, Madagascar and the Mascarene Islands : biology, ecology and conservation / Mike Perrin ; with photographs by Cyril Laubscher.
Johannesburg : Wits University Press, 2012.


The raptor guide of Southern Africa / Ulrich Oberprieler, Burger Cillié.
Hatfield, Pretoria : Game Parks Publishing, 2009.
ORNITHOLOGY 74E OBE                    




Leech / Robert G.W. Kirk and Neil Pemberton.
London : Reaktion Books, 2013
Z 40D o KIR


Catalogue - fauna of Gammaridean Amphipoda (Crustacea, Malacostraca) of the Adriatic sea = Katalog - fauna Gammaridnih Amphipoda (Crustacea, Malacostraca) Jadranskog mora / Gordan S. Karaman ; urednik Gordon S. Karaman.
Podgorica : Montenegrin Academy of Sciences and Arts, 2011.


Functional morphology and diversity. Vol.1, The natural history of the Crustacea / edited by Les Watling and Martin Thiel
New York : Oxford University Press, c2013


Worcestershire's mammals : An atlas compiled from records collected between 1995 and 2007 together with historical information / G.H. Green ... [et al.]
Malvern : Aspect Design, 2012.


The Howard and Moore complete checklist of the birds of the world. Volume 1, Non-passerines / edited by Edward Dickinson and J.V. Remsen, Jr.
Eastbourne : Aves, 2013.


The most complete <Oophaga pumilio> color morphguide : 102 different colorforms / locations / [C. van der Lingen, W. van der Lingen]
[S.l.] : [Edition Chimaira], 2012.


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Anthropology / Palaeontology




Homo symbolicus : the dawn of language, imagination and spirituality / edited by Christopher S. Henshilwood, Francesco d'Errico
Amsterdam ; Philadelphia : John Benjamins Pub. Co., 2011
A 3 o HEN


Tough times : the archaeology of crisis and recovery : proceedings of the Graduate Archaeology at Oxford conferences in 2010 and 2011 / edited by Elsbeth M. van der Wilt, Javier Martínez Jiménez ; with help from Guido Petruccioli.
Oxford : Archaeopress, 2013.
A 3 q TOU


Anthropological perspectives on tooth morphology : genetics, evolution, variation / edited by G. Richard Scott, Joel D. Irish.
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2013.
A 7B o ANT



Bone histology of fossil tetrapods : advancing methods, analysis, and interpretation / edited by Kevin Padian, Ellen-Thérèse Lamm.
Berkeley : University of California Press, 2013.
P 16 o BON


Geotop2013 : Geochancen und Georisiken. 17 Jahrestagung der Fachsektion Geotop der DGG im Rahmen der Landesgartenschau Prenzlau 2013 / Werner Stackebrandt & Heinz-Gerd Röhling (Hrsg).
Stuttgart : Schweizerbart Science Publishers, 2013.
P 72L q GEO


Erasmus "Daddy" Haworth : Kansas geologist : teacher, researcher, administrator / Daniel F. Merriam ; with graphics by James D. Merriam.
Lawrence, Kansas : University of Kansas, Dept. of Geology and Paleontological Institute, [2013]
P 96 o HAW




The L'Heritier project : identifications for the drawings of Rariorum Africanarum Plantarum by J. Burman, 1738-1740 / [with contributions by Chris Mills; identifications by N. L. Burman, Noel Sandwith, and other sources ; compiled by R. Clifton]
Dover, Kent : Geraniaceae Group, 2012.
B 7.043 BUR


Catalogo de poblaciones criollas de pimiento, tomate y zapallo, colectadas en Valles Andinos de la Argentina / I. E. Peralta ... [et al.]
Argentina : Inst. Nacional de Tecnologia Agropecuaria - INTA, 2008.
B 63 PER


Flora del Bajio y de Regiones Adyacentes. Fasc. 177, Familia Dioscoreaceae / por Victoria Sosa e Ismael G. Valdivieso
Pátzcuaro, Mexico : Instituto de Ecología A. C., 2013.
B 581.9(79P9) FLO


Flora del Bajio y de Regiones Adyacentes. Fasciculo 178, Familia Compositae : Tribu Liabeae / por Rasario Redonda-Martinez
Pátzcuaro, Mexico : Instituto de Ecología A. C., 2013.
B 581.9(79P9) FLO


Northwest diatoms. Volume 5, <Encyonopsis> from western North America : 31 species from Alberta, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, South Dakota, and

Washington, including 17 species described as new / Loren L. Bahls
[Montana, USA] : Loren L. Bahls, 2013.
DIATOMS 582.261(7) BAH Q


Ju ke zhi wu lun wen ji = Academic papers of Compositae / zhu bian, Ling Yeou-ruenn ; bian wei, Jiang Lin ... [et al.].
Hong Kong : Ke xue jiao yo chu ban she, 2005.
B 582.4P88 LIN Q


Die Hirschkäfer und Blatthornkäfer Ostdeutschlands (Coleoptera : Scarabaeoidea) [Texte imprimé] / von Eckehard Rössner
Erfurt : Verein der Freunde und Förderer des Naturkundemuseums Erfurt, 2012.


Catalogue of Geadephaga : (Coleoptera, Adephaga) of America, North of Mexico. Part 1-3 / Yves Bousquet
Sofia : Pensoft, 2012.


Grabwespen : illustrierter Katalog der einheimischen Arten/ Manfred Blösch
Hohenwarsleben : Westarp-Wiss, 2012.


The butterflies of Caucasus and Transcaucasia / Vadim Chikovets' & IUriĭ Nekrutenko
Kyïv ; Pardubitse : Tshikolovets Pubications, 2012


Insectorum sive minimorum animalium theatrum : the butterflies and moths / George Thomson
Waterbeck : George Thomson, 2012.
E SB q M.4



The New Parks for People (England) Joint Scheme (Authorisation) Order 2013
[London] : The Stationery Office, 2013
L 72Aa q GRE


Mohawk Research Natural Area : guidebook supplement. 45 / Reid Schuller and Cheshire Mayrson
Portland, OR. : USDA, 2013
L 75C q SCH


David Livingstone : man, myth and legacy / edited by Sarah Worden.
Edinburgh : NMS Enterprises, 2012.
L 96A o LIV


Antarctic Peninsula : a visitor's guide / [written and illustrated by British Antarctic Survey] ; edited by Adrian Fox
London : Natural History Museum, 2012.


Little Savages / Tessa Farmer.
London : Parabola, 2007.


The great extinctions : what causes them and how they shape life / Norman MacLeod
London : Natural History Museum, 2013.


Rocks and minerals : sticker book / Natural History Museum
London : Natural History Museum, 2012.

Ornithology (Tring)

Biographical notes of Antonie Augustus Bruijn, 1842-1890 : his life as a marine officer in the Dutch Navy and lifetime as a trader in naturalia on Ternate, the Moluccas, Indonesia : observed and written by Alfred Russell Wallace and Achille Raffray / C.J. Heij.
Bogor : IPB Press, 2011.
ORNITHOLOGY 96A BRU                    


Check-list of Japanese birds / prepared by the Committee for Check-List of Japanese Birds of the Ornithological Society of Japan  = Nihon chōrui mokuroku / henshū, Nihon Chōgakkai (Mokuroku Henshū Iinkai).
[Sanda, Japan] : Ornithological Society of Japan, 2012.
ORNITHOLOGY 73I ORN                    


The global pigeon / Colin Jerolmack.
Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2013.
ORNITHOLOGY 3A JER                     


A photographic guide to the birds of the Cayman Islands / Patricia E. Bradley ; photographs by Yves-Jacques Rey-Millet.
London : Christopher Helm, 2013.
ORNITHOLOGY 75E BRA                    


The Rutland Water ospreys / text by Tim Mackrill, Tim Appleton and Helen McIntyre ; photographs and illustrations by John Wright.
London ; New York : Bloomsbury, 2013.
ORNITHOLOGY 72Aa/3 MAC                 


Threatened birds of India, their conservation requirements / Asad R. Rahmani ; maps prepared by Mohit Kalra and Noor I. Khan ; layout and design by V.  Gopal Naidu.
Delhi : Oxford University Press ; Mumbai : Available from IBCN, c2012.
ORNITHOLOGY 73F RAH                    


Der Waldrapp : Geronticus eremita : ein Glatzkopf in Turbulenzen / Christiane Böhm, Karin Pegoraro.
Geronticus eremita : ein Glatzkopf in Turbulenzen [Northern Bald Ibis]
Hohenwarsleben : Westarp Wissenschaften, 2011.
ORNITHOLOGY 18(1) BOH                  





Gold rush in the jungle : the race to discover and defend the rarest animals of Vietnam's "lost world" / Dan Drollette, Jr.
New York : Crown Publishers, 2013.
Z 73G o DRO


Reef fishes of South-East Asia  : including marine invertebrates and corals / Elizabeth Wood & Michael Aw.
London : New Holland, 2011.
Z 77G o WOO


Best practice guidelines for the re-introduction of great apes / ed by Benjamin Beck ... [et al.] ; series editor, E. A. Williamson
Gland, Switzerland : World Conservation Union (IUCN) in collaboration with the Center for Applied Biodiversity Science at Conservation International, 2007.


Polar bears: proceedings of the 15th Working Meeting of the IUCN/SSC Polar Bear Specialist Group, 29 June-3 July 2009, Copenhagen, Denmark / compiled and edited by Martyn E. Obbard ... [et al.]
Gland, Switzerland: IUCN, 2010.


The Biology of Sea Turtles. Vol. 3 / edited by Jeanette Wyneken, Kenneth J. Lohmann, John A. Musick ; founding editor, the late Peter L. Lutz.
CRC Press 2013


Old World Ratsnakes : a collection of papers / edited by Klaus-Dieter Schultz
Berg SG, Switzerland : Bushmaster, 2013


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Anthropology / Palaeontology



Stone tools and fossil bones : debates in the archaeology of human origins / edited by Manuel Dominguez-Rodrigo
New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012
A 3 o DOM


Violence, ritual, and the wari empire : a social bioarchaeology of imperialism in the ancient andes
Gainesville, Fla. : University Press of Florida, 2013
A 3 o TUN



Dinosaurs : a concise natural history / David E. Fastovsky, David B. Weishampel ; with illustrations by John Sibbick.
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012.
P 20e q FAS


<Cercidiphyllum> and fossil allies : morphological interpretation and general problems of plant evolution and development / by Valentin Krassilov.
Sofia, Bulgaria : Pensoft, 2010.
P 53 o KRA




Plantas medicinales de Rapa Nui : Ono Tupuna : Un capital por preservar / [Mesa Pueblo de Rapa Nui ; Papa Ra'au]
[Rapa Nui : Mesa Pueblo de Rapa Nui, 2008?].
B 615.10(83) MES


Some Japanese flowers : photographs by Kazumasa Ogawa / [Dinah Berland, writer and editor].
Los Angeles : J. Paul Getty Museum, 2013.
B 7.043 OGA


Following in the Bartram's footsteps : contemporary botanical artists explore the Bartrams' legacy [catalogue] / catalog essayists: Joel Fry, Patricia Jonas ; editors: Robin Jess, Patricia Jonas, Carol Woodin
Bronx, NY : American Society of Botanical Artists, 2013.
B 7.043 BAR Q


Nihon ranka shokubutsu zufu = Illustrations of Japanese orchids / [illustrated by] Nakajima Mutsuko ; supervised by Hideaki Ohba
Tōkyō : Bun'ichisōgōshuppan, 2012.
B 582.4P169 NAK Q



Les Cerambycidae de Bornéo : sous-famille des Cerambycinae. 1, Tribus des Callichromatini, Compsocerini, Mythodini, Thraniini, Stenopterini, Dejanirini et Trachyderini / par Joan Bentanachs, Eduard Vives & Steven Bosuang
Andrésy : Magellanes, 2012.


Smaller moths of Surrey / Bob Palmer, Jim Porter, Graham A. Collins
Woking : Surrey Wildlife Trust, 2012.


Neidonkorennot : solisevien vetten lentavät = Demoiselle damselflies : winged jewels of silvery streams / Sami Karjalainen, Matti Hämäläinen
Helsinki : Caloptera Publishing, 2013.


Bärfisar i Sverige : en fälthandbok / Carl-Cedric Coulianos
Stockholm : Entomologiska föreningen i Stockholm, 2012


A sting in the tale / Dave Goulson
London : Jonathan Cape, 2013


Magyarország Nagylepkéi = Macrolepidoptera of Hungary / edited by Varga Zoltán ; authors, Gyulai Péter ... [et al.]
Budapest : Heterocera Press, 2012.


A Swift guide to butterflies of North America / by Jeffrey Glassberg.
[S. l.] : Sunstreak Books, [2012]



Nansen-Amundsen-året 2011 / Janne Schreuder og Gunn Sissel Jaklin
Tromsø : Norsk Polarinstitutt, 2011.
L 2 q SCH


Deep things out of darkness : a history of natural history / John G.T. Anderson.
Berkeley : University of California Press, 2013.
L 3 o AND


Fire in Mediterranean ecosystems : ecology, evolution and management / Jon E. Keeley... [et al.].
Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012.
L 10E q FIR


Die Höhlenfauna Luxemburgs / Dieter Weber (Hrsg.)
Luxembourg : Musée national d’histoire naturelle Luxembourg, 2013.
L 72F o HOH


William Hunter and the Hunterian Museum in Glasgow, 1807-2007 / Lawrence Keppie.
Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, 2007.
L 85 o HUN


Reef life : a guide to tropical marine life / Brandon Cole ; text by Scott Michael.
Buffalo, N.Y. : Firefly Books, 2013.

L 87 o COL



Mineral observer : Mineral news from Russia and beyond / Editorial : Galina F. Anastasenko [ed.] ... [et al.]
Moscow : Mineralogical Almanac, 2012.
M (470) MIN


Ornithology (Tring)

Agaporniden Handboek en naslidds : deel 2 vederstructuur, genetica, kleurmutaties / Dirk Van den Abeele
Lovebirds : handbook and reference guide. Vol. 2 Feather structure, genetics, colour mutations.
Warffum : Welzo Media Productions, 2013.


The Howard and Moore complete checklist of the birds of the world. Volume 1, Non-passerines.
Eastbourne : Aves, 2013.


The Penguin atlas of African history / Colin McEvedy.
London ; New York : Penguin Books, 1995.


Save the last dance : a story of North American Grassland grouse / Noppadol Paothong ; written by Joel M. Vance ; [foreword by Paul A. Johnsgard].
[U.S. ] : Noppadol Paothong Photography LLC, 2012.
ORNITHOLOGY 18(2) PAO                  



Peixes estuarinos marinhos do nordeste brasileiro : guia ilustrado / Maria Elisabeth de Araújo, Jacinta Maria Castro Teixeira, Aida Maria Eskinazi de Oliveira ; colaboradores, Francisco de Assis Pereira da Costa, Zélia Ramos Madeira
Fortaleza : Editora UFC, 2004


Peixes anuais brasileiros : diversidade e conservação / Wilson J.E.M. Costa.
Curitiba, Paraná, Brasil : Editora UFPR, 2002.


Peixes do Mearim = Fishes of the Mearim River / texto e fotografias, Éden do Carmo Soares
São Luís : Instituto Geia, 2005


Bats of Nepal : a field guide / compiled and edited by Pushpa Raj Acharya, Hari Adhikari, Sagar Dahal, Arjun Thapa and Sanjan Thapa
Kathmandu : Small Mammals Conservation and Research Foundation (SMCRF), 2010.


Evolutionary biology and conservation of titis, sakis and uacaris / edited by Liza M. Veiga, Adrian A. Barnett, Stephen F. Ferrari, Marilyn A. Norconk
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2013


The Taiwan Mollusks. [1], The Rissoacea (Mollusca, Mesogastropoda) from Lutao, Taitung / Chen-Kwoh Chang and Wen-Lung Wu
Taipei : Research Center for Biodiversity, Academia Sinica, 2004.


Flora Sinensis, fructus floresque Humillime Porrigens, ... &c. / R. P. Michaele Boym

Matthaeus Rictius, Vienna, 1656.


The Flora Sinensis is one of the rarest and earliest European works on the natural history of China. It was published in Vienna in 1656 by the Polish Jesuit missionary Father Michael Piotr Boym (1612-1659), who spent over a decade in China as a successful missionary scientist.


Boym first travelled to China in 1643, after the fall of the Ming dynasty and the establishment of the new Qing dynasty, to study, promote Christianity and introduce Chinese science to Europe. However his diplomatic mission to convert the court of the last Chinese ruler of the Ming dynasty to Christianity was seen as a threat to the relations with the Manchus, and in 1651, upon his return to Europe, he was placed under house arrest in Goa. Boym escaped and travelled back to Europe: to Venice, and then Lisbon. In 1656 he returned to China to continue his work, but died three years later in the province of Kuang si.


During his travels he corresponded and reported on the various flora, fauna and customs of the numerous countries through which he travelled. An excellent cartographer, Boym also prepared many maps of mainland China and South-East Asia. All of his efforts contributing greatly to Sinology (the study of China and Chinese topics).


The Flora Sinensis remains his best known publication. It contains seventeen botanical plates of cultivated fruits of south-eastern China, five zoological plates of animals (including a hippopotamus!) and a plate depicting a Chinese stele (an inscribed monument). For each of the plates Boym gives the names of the species in both Chinese and Latin. He also provides an accurate description of each plant, including their medicinal properties, in the Latin text that accompanies each plate. Originally published uncoloured, hand-coloured copies such as this one are of great rarity.



Lychee (Li-Ci, Lum-yen)

Rhubarb (Rhabarbarum)

Pineapple (Fan-Po-Lo-Mie)

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Pepper (Piper)

Latin text description of Boym's

accompanying Pepper illustration

A stylised leopard



Boym's published works were influential and frequently cited by other authors who wrote about China, including Athanasius Kircher's 1667 publication titled China monumentis in which similarities in the plates can be seen. It is interesting to note the anthropomorphic (human-like) features that the animal illustrations have been given.


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Boym's hippopotamus Kircher's hippopotamus
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Boym's squirrel-type animal chasing a turtleKircher's squirrel-type animal





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The NHM Library copy is bound in an old vellum binding which has warped quite significantly overtime due to its age and sensitivity to temperature and humidity. However the quality of the paper remains excellent, considering it is such an old book. That said, the numerous tiny holes scattered over the front and inside board look like they may have made a tasty lunch for an insect at some point .....



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