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Audio slideshow: Rare Treasures book

From one of the earliest manuscripts on natural history to accounts of gun-wielding artists and men with 16 toes, library curator Andrea Hart picks some highlights from this guide to the Museum's most highly valued books.

About Rare Treasures

This beautiful book and print collection brings together some of the Museum's most highly prized works of natural history literature, chosen for their scientific and artistic merit.

Throughout the guide, Museum experts explain the significance of each book and the role it played in the development of natural history.

The Natural History Museum Library

The Museum's library and archives contain one of the most comprehensive collections of natural history literature and artworks in the world, including original works by Charles Darwin, Carl Linnaeus and Hans Sloane.