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Our version of a British institution with a natural history twist - what would you pick?


Edd Bagenal: Internet Archive Digitisation Technician


You are marooned on a desert island and are allowed to take 8 flora and fauna with you. Which ones would you select and why?




Chickens- for roasting and egg laying.

Humming birds- they are probably the best animal.

Seahorses- because they are so relaxed.

Bees- to sweeten my time there.




Tobacco- because what else are you gonna put in your pipe whilst contemplating your existence?

Jasmine- to go with the bees.

Spinach- to keep me strong.

Bamboo- nature's gift to human ingenuity.


You are rescued, but can only take one back with you. Which one would it be and why?


Humming birds. They have a lot to offer aesthetically.


You can take one item from the L&A collections with you, what would it be and why?


Audubon's The Birds of America. I don't think I could ever get bored of them.


You can have one luxury with you on the island what would it be?


A pencil and endless paper. I would never be bored with those.


Anthracothorax nigricollis, black-throated mango Plate 184 from John James Audubon's Birds of America, original double elephant folio (1831-34), hand-coloured aquatint. Engraved, printed and coloured by R. Havell (& Son), London. NHM Image Ref: 003184


Tina Konstantinidou in her studio.JPG





Konstantina (Tina) Konstantinidou joined us as Paper Conservator on 5th August and has well and truly hit the ground running.




As well as getting to grips with all the projects that are in the pipeline for her, she has been working hard to become familar with some of the collections that she will be working with and meeting her colleagues in the Library & Archives team.



Tina joins us from the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) where she worked on various short projects covering a period of three years. Previous to this she worked at a facinating variety of other organisations such as The National Trust, All Souls College, Oxford and Regent's Park College, Oxford.



When I caught up with her she was working on a enchanting volume of 19th Century chinese watercolours from our Reeve's collection, that had become weakened and fragile. Using japanese tissue Tina is repairing each individual piece in a non invasive way, ensuring that any work done can be reversed at a later date, if required.








Tina Konstantinidou changing Audubon display.jpg

Originally Tina studied English Literature and Humanities at Birkbeck, during which time she used the collections at the British Library a great deal. It was during this time that she became fascinated by their special collections and particularly old books. Here began her interest in, and subsequently her career in Paper Conservation, where she has found her interest in art, science and her craft skills, to be the perfect receipe for success!


Like many, prior to joining our team, Tina admits to not realising the extent of the art collections held by the NHM Library & Archives. Now that she has had a chance to see for herself the full extent of what we do hold, she is keen to get involved!


The Library catalogue is available online at

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


Anthropology / Palaeontology



The paleobiology of <Australopithecus> : contributions from the Fourth Stony Brook Human Evolution Symposium and Workshop, Diversity in <Australopithecus> : Tracking the First Bipeds, September 25-28, 2007 / edited by Kaye E. Reed, John G. Fleagle, Richard E. Leakey.
Dordrecht : Springer, c2013.
A 6 q STO




The earth through time / Harold L. Levin
Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley & Sons, c2013
P 15 q LEV


Fossil collector's guide to the North Sulphur River / authors, Mark G. McKinzie, Ron Morin, Ed Swiatovy
[Dallas] : Dallas Paleontological Society, c2001.
P 75C/43 q MCK


Late Cretaceous/Paleogene West Antarctica terrestrial biota and its intercontinental affinities / Marcelo Reguero ... [et al.].
New York ; London : Springer, c2013.
P 80 o LAT


Sarraceniaceae of North America / Stewart McPherson, Donald Schnell.
Poole, Dorset, England : Redfern Natural History Productions, 2011.
B 582.4P136 MCP


Sarraceniaceae of South America / Stewart McPherson … [et al.]
Poole, Dorset, England : Redfern Natural History Productions, 2011.
B 582.4P136 MCP


Flora of Mizoram. Vol. II, (Campanulaceae-Salicaceae) / editors, G. P. Sinha, D. K. Singh, K. P. Singh; with contributions from K.P. Singh... [et al.]
Kolkata : Botanical Survey of India, 2012.
B 581.9(54) FLO


Flora Iranica. Papilionaceae. VII, Astragalae. 24, Astragalus L. V / D. Podlech, A. A. Maassoumi, Sh. Zarre ; herausgegeben Wilhelmina Rechinger ; von Karl Heinz Rechinger
Wien : Naturhistorischen Museums, 2012.
B 581.9(55) REC


Flore photographique du Cambodge / Mathieu Leti ... [et al.].
Toulouse, France : Éditions Privat, 2013.
B 581.9(596) LET


Medicinal plants in Australia. Volume 3, Plants, potions and poisons / Cheryll J. Williams.
Dural, N.S.W. : Rosenberg, 2012.
B 615.10(94) WIL



The management of insects in recreation and tourism / edited by Raynald Harvey Lemelin
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2013.
E 10C o LEM


Insect pests of crops / S. Pradhan ; revised by M.G. Jotwani
New Delhi : National Book Trust, India, 2011.
E 73F o PRA


Tanzania : An exceptional biodiversity in Africa. Vol.1, An illustrated catalogue of the Hawkmoths of Tanzania (Lepidoptera, Sphingidae) / Philippe Darge
[S.l. : s.n.], 2012.


Dongbei cao di de huang chong / Ren Bingzhong, Wang Xiwei, Wang Guiqiang, Wang Liming, Lu Ying bian zhu
Haerbin Shi : Heilongjiang da xue chu ban she, 2012.


Dipterous insects / Louis J. Walker
New Delhi : Random Publications, 2013.


Metabolism and disease / meeting organized by Terri Grodzicker, David Stewart, and Bruce Stillman
Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. : Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, 2011.
L 7 o LON


The biology of plants / meeting arranged by Terri Grodzicker, Robert Martienssen, David Stewart, and Bruce Stillmann
[Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.] : Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, 2012.
L 7 o LON


Relentless evolution / John N. Thompson
Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2013.
L 9D o THO


The access to the countryside (maps) (England) regulations 2013 / Minister of State, Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
[London] : Stationery Office, 2013.
L 72Ac q GRE


Results of a monitoring survey of yew woodland / John Cross and Deidre Lynn
[Dublin] : National Parks and Wildlife Service, 2013.
L 72Ac q NAT


Guia ilustrado : biodiversidade do litoral do Piauí / Ana Cecília Giacometti Mai e Daniel Loebmann (organizadores)
Sorocaba : Paratodos Sorocaba, 2010
L 76D o MAI


Museums in a digital age / edited by Ross Parry.
London : Routledge, 2010.
L 83 o MUS


Museum informatics : people, information, and technology in museums / [edited by] Paul F. Marty and Katherine Burton Jones.
New York : Routledge, c2008.
L 84 o MUS


Cabinets of wonder / Christine Davenne, transl. Nicholas Elliott
New York : Abrams, 2012.
L 84 q DAV


Global catastrophic risks / edited by Nick Bostrom, Milan M. Cirkovic.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008.
L 86 o BOS


New media : a critical introduction / Martin Lister ... [et al.].
London : Routledge, c2003 (2007 printing)
L 93B o NEW


Darwin : for the love of science / edited by Andrew Kelly and Melanie Kelly
Bristol : Bristol Cultural Development Partnership, 2009.
L 96A q DAR. C DAR


Painters and paintings in the early American South / Carolyn J. Weekley
Williamsburg, Virginia : Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in association with Yale University Press, [2013].
L 96 q WEE



Kola Peninsula / Igor V. Pekov .. et al
Moscow : Mineral-Almanac Ltd., 2013
M (1-924.16) PEK


Minerali a Torino : le collezioni del Museo di Mineralogia dell'Università e del Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturali di Torino / Emanuele Costa, Lorenzo Mariano Gallo
Torino, Italy : Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturali, 2010
M 549(450) MUS



Ornithology (Tring)

Chamberlain's LBJs : [the definitive guide to Southern Africa's Little Brown Jobs] / written and illustrated by Faansie Peacock
Pretoria : Mirafra Publishing, c2012.


A colour guide to familiar garden and field birds, eggs, and nests / by Ji?í Felix ; illustrated by Kv?toslav Hísek ; [translated from the Czech by Olga Kuthanová]
London : Octopus Books, 1974.


A colour guide to familiar woodland and hill birds, eggs and nests / by Ji?í Felix ; [translated from the Czech by Olga Kuthanová] ; illustrated by Kv?toslav Hísek
London : Octopus Books, 1975.
ORNITHOLOGY 72 FEL                     



Le monde des vertébrés des Seychelles / par Guy Lionnet ; édité par A. W. Owadally
Port-Louis, Ile Maurice : ENDA-Océan Indien, 1984.
Z 79 o LIO


Plano de ação nacional para a conservação dos cervídeos ameaçados de extinção / Organizadores: José Maurício Barbanti Duarte, Marcelo Lima Reis ; autores dos textos: José Maurício Barbanti Duarte ... [et al.]
Basília : Instituto Chico Mendes de Conservação da Biodiversidade, 2012.


Handbook of the birds of the world. Special volume: New species and global index / edited by Josep del Hoyo, Andrew Elliott, Jordi Sargatal, David A. Christie.
Barcelona : Lynx Edicions, 2013.


Herpetology : an introductory biology of amphibians and reptiles / by Laurie Vitt, Janalee Caldwell.
Amsterdam ; London : Academic Press, 2014.


The Library catalogue is available online at

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



Anthropology / Palaeontology



Zooarchaeology and modern human origins : human hunting behavior during the later Pleistocene / edited by Jamie L. Clark, John D. Speth
Dordrecht; London: Springer, 2013
A 3 q ZOO


The paleobiology of <Australopithecus> : contributions from the Fourth Stony Brook Human Evolution Symposium and Workshop, Diversity in <Australopithecus> : Tracking the First Bipeds, September 25-28, 2007 / edited by Kaye E. Reed, John G. Fleagle, Richard E. Leakey.
Dordrecht : Springer, 2013.
A 6 q STO




Morphology and evolution of turtles : proceedings of the Gaffney Turtle Symposium (2009) in honor of Eugene S. Gaffney / edited by Donald B. Brinkman, Patricia Holroyd, James D. Gardner.
Dordrecht ; London : Springer, [2012], 2013.
P 20a q GAF


Landesaufnahme mit Geologenhammer und Bohrer : Moderne Geologie in Hessen / Sabine Steghaus-Kovac
Wiesbaden : Hessisches Landesamt für Umwelt und Geologie, 2013.
P 72L q STE


Geology of Newfoundland : touring through time at 48 scenic sites / Martha Hickman Hild ; ed. Stephanie Porter
Portugal Cove-St. Philip's, N.L. : Boulder Publications, 2012.
P 75B/6 o HIL


Old poisons, new problems : a museum resource for managing contaminated cultural materials / Nancy Odegaard and Alyce Sadongei
Walnut Creek, CA : AltaMira Press, 2005.
P 82 q ODE



Flora of Australia. Vol. 26, Meliaceae, Rutaceae, Zygophyllaceae / [editor, Annette Wilson].
Canberra : Australian Biological Resources Study, 2013.
B 581.9(94) FLO


A systematic study of the subtribe Espeletiinae (Heliantheae, Asteraceae) / José Cuatrecasas
Bronx : New York Botanical Garden, 2013.
B 582.4P88 CUA


Flora's empire : British gardens in India / Eugenia W. Herbert.
Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011.
B 635.90 HER


Flore rare et menacée de Bourgogne : distribution, écologie, conservation / Patryck Vaucoulon
Mèze, France : Biotope, 2013.


Piante Esotiche Nell'Orto Botanico di Catania / a cura di Pietro Pavone

Catania : Giuseppe Maimone Editore, 2010.
B 58.006 CAT MAI Q




Haplogynae Spiders in Hainan, China / [Yanfeng Tong]
[Beijing] : s.n., 2013.


Zhong hua zang jia / Ji Yun zhu = The carrion beetles of China (Coleoptera : Silphidae) / Ji Yun
Beijing Shi : Zhongguo lin ye chu ban she, 2012.


The cicadas (Hemiptera, Cicadoidea, Cicadidae) of North America north of Mexico / Allen F. Sanborn, Maxine S. Heath
Lanham, MD : Entomological Society of America, 2012.


Aspilota-Group in natural parks of Valencia and European Dinotrema Revision / Francisco Javier Peris Felipo
Valencia : Universitat do València, 2013.



Letters from abroad : the grand tour correspondence of Richard Pococke  & Jeremiah Milles. Volume 3, Letters from the East (1737-41) / edited by Rachel Finnegan.
Piltown, County Kilkenny, Ireland : Pococke Press, 2013.
L 70 o FIN


Taxidermy / Alexis Turner
Farnborough : Thames & Hudson Ltd., 2013.
L 82 o TUR


Museum educator's handbook / by Graeme K. Talboys.
Burlington : Ashgate, 2011.
L 84 o TAL


RDA : strategies for implementation / Magda El-Sherbini.
Chicago : ALA Editions, an imprint of the American Library Association, 2013.


RDA and serials cataloguing / Ed Jones, National University, San Diego, USA.
London : Facet Publishing, 2013.


Catalogue 2.0 : The future of the library catalogue / Sally Chambers (ed.)
London : Facet Publishing, 2013.


Ornithology (Tring)

Cambridgeshire Bird Atlas 2007-2011 / Louise Bacon, Alison Cooper, Hugh Venables
Cambridge : Cambridgeshire Bird Club, 2013.


Contributions to the history of Australasian Ornithology. Vol. II / edited by William E. Davis, Jr.  ...[].
Cambridge, Massachusetts : Nuttall Ornithological Club, 2012.


Feasting, fowling and feathers : a history of the exploitation of wild birds / by Michael Shrubb.
London : T. & A. D. Poyser, 2013.


Imperial dreams : tracking the imperial woodpecker  through the wild Sierra Madre / Tim Gallagher.
New York : Atria Books, 2013.


The life of David Lack : father of evolutionary ecology / Ted R. Anderson.
New York : Oxford University Press, [2013]


Multimedia identification guide to North Atlantic seabirds: Pterodroma Petrels. / Bob Flood & Ashley Fisher. Illustrations by Martin Elliott.
[S.l.] : Pelagic Birds & Birding Multimedia  Identification Guides, : Scilly Pelagics, 2013.


Naturalist's guide to the birds of Singapore. / Text Yong Dong Li and Lim Kim Chuah, photography Lee Tiah Khee.
[S.l.] : John Beaufoy Publishing L, 2013


A saga of sea eagles / John A. Love.
Dunbeath : Whittles, 2013.


The warbler guide / Tom Stephenson and Scott Whittle ; drawings by Catherine Hamilton.
Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 2013
ORNITHOLOGY 18(14) STE                 



Starfish : biology and ecology of the Asteroidea / edited by John M. Lawrence
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013.


Britain's freshwater fishes / Mark Everard
Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, 2013


Ações para a conservação de tubaroes e raias no sul do Brasil / Carolus Maria Vooren, Sandro Klippel (eds.)
Porto Alegre : Igaré, 2005.


Status of decline of amphibians : Eastern hemisphere. Issue no. 3, Western Europe / edited by Harold Heatwole and John W. Wilkinson
Exeter : Pelagic, 2013


Handbook of the birds of the world. Special volume: New species and global index / edited by Josep del Hoyo, Andrew Elliott, Jordi Sargatal, David A. Christie.
Barcelona : Lynx Edicions, 2013.


Our version of a British institution with a natural history twist - what would you pick?


Chris Booth: Digitiser, L&A Collection


You are marooned on a desert island and are allowed to take 8 flora and fauna with you. Which ones would you select and why?


Assuming I knew I was going to be marooned for a very long time I’d bring a very focussed selection of: hops, barley, sugar cane, banana, butternut squash, bamboo, aloe, and a dog.


Beer creation being the objective of the first three choices but hops can also alleviate inflammation, and sugar would be a good chewy mood-lifter. Bananas for their deliciousness and the leaves making excellent crockery. Butternut squash (or any gourd) left to dry out would make a superb container for the aforementioned beer and they taste good if I absolutely had to do something besides drinking my despair away. Bamboo because it’s a wonderful construction material and I would need to craft a shelter quickly otherwise my fair skin would be burned all the time. Hence the aloe until my shelter is up and running… I suppose I could also wile away the long weeks and months by becoming adept at basketry as well? The dog is for company and amusement. I don’t have a dog at the moment but I know my cats would disappear as soon as they noticed that they could. A dog probably wouldn’t. I’d hope.


You are rescued, but can only take one back with you. Which one would it be and why?


Well it would be very cruel if I decided to rescue my collection of dried gourds so I suppose I would have to rescue my hops. Only kidding, the dog would come home with me and we could bore bus stop strangers to death with our tales of sand getting stuck to the aloe and teeth rotting away from excessive sugar consumption.




You can take one item from the L&A collections with you, what would it be and why?


Alfred Russel Wallace’s ‘The Malay Archipelago’ would be my choice. It sounds like an excellent read but I’ve not tried it yet, despite having wanted to for a number of years. If I was lucky enough to be marooned in the Malay Archipelago I could at least hope to identify something familiar in the book. Hopefully it describes some poisonous endemic beasties for me to avoid too.


'Ejecting an intruder' taken fron The Malay Archipleago by Alfred Russel Wallace (1874) NHM image: 033800



You can have one luxury with you on the island what would it be?


My Kindle. It’s got so many books on it already that I believe I would be supplied for about a year as it is, without re-reading. I could also cheat the system by quickly loading pictures of my loved ones onto it before I go - sneaky, eh! Though that would suggest I had prior knowledge of my marooning, so why would I put myself in that situation in the first place?


Sharon Touzel: Bibliographic Librarian






How long have you worked at the NHM?


I began in 2007, so 6 years.


What were you doing before you came here?


I was studying, and volunteering as an Assistant Archivist at LAARC (the archaeological archives of the Museum of London). The volunteering was great – in one box, a Roman shoe; in the next, a medieval horse skull.


What does your average day look like?


I might spend time buying books for the Entomology Library, or working on projects with external academic visitors.

Mainly though, I spend a lot of time cataloguing our collections. It’s not a dull job here - today I’ve catalogued an 1870s Austrian sales catalogue, advertising plaster heads & preserved frogs; 1930s newspaper cuttings on a secret journey through Forbidden Arabia; and 1970s reports on the Loch Morar monster. Finding items like these means I always have something to put on our Twitter feed!

If you had to pick one favourite from the L&A collections what would it be?


The flea etching from Robert Hooke’s Microscopy, or some of our relatively unknown 17th century Dutch art.






Do you have a favourite place or object on display in the Museum?


I love the piece of the moon in the Earth Galleries. Walking past it every morning gives me a real kick.


If you had to spend the rest of your life as an animal, what would it be and why?


As an Entomology librarian, it’s tempting to say I’d like to be one of those brain eating parasites which make zombies out of ants ( . However, I’d probably go for something much more boring, like a domestic cat!


The Library catalogue is available online at

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


Anthropology / Palaeontology



Wadi Hammeh 27, an early Natufian settlement at Pella in Jordan / edited by Phillip C. Edwards
Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2013.
A 2 q CUL


South-eastern Mediterranean peoples between 130,000 and 10,000 years ago / edited by Elena A.A. Garcea ; contributing authors, Nick Barton [and others].
Oxford ; Oakville, CT : Oxbow Books, 2010
A 3 q GAR



The asteroid impact connection of planetary evolution : with special reference to large Precambrian and Australian impacts / Andrew Y. Glikson
Dordrecht ; New York : Springer, 2013.
P 15D o GLI


Atlas of benthic foraminifera / Ann Holbourn, Andrew S. Henderson, and Norman MacLeod
Chichester, West Sussex : Wiley-Blackwell ; [London] : Natural History Museum, 2013.




Discovering Dorset's wild flowers / Peter Cramb
Bridport : P. & M. Cramb, 2013.


Vegetation of Britain and Ireland / Michael Proctor
London : Collins, 2013.


Ferns and fern allies of Taiwan : supplement / Ralf Knapp.
Gaoshu Township, Pingtung County : Dr. Cecilia Koo Botanic Conservation Centre (KBCC Press), 2013.
FERNS 582.35(51) KNA


Flore de Gironde / Jean-Claude Aniotsbehere
Bordeaux : Société Linnéenne de Bordeaux, 2012.


Zarys struktury i fizjologii drzew lesnych / Jan Kopcewicz, Adriana Szmidt-Jaworska, Krystyna Kannenberg.
Tuchola : Wydawnictwo Wyzszej Szkoly Zarzadzania Srodowiskiem ; Torun : Wydawnictwo Naukowe Uniwersytetu Mikolaja Kopernika, 2012.
B 635.97 KOP


Index synonymique de la flore d'Afrique du Nord. Volume 5, Dicotyledoneae: Oleaceae - Zygophyllaceae / Alain Dobignard et Cyrille Chatelainn ; avec la collaboration de Markus Fischer, Joëlle Orso et Daniel Jeanmonod
Genève : Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques, 2013.
B 581.9(61) DOB Q


Collecting ladies : Ferdinand von Mueller and women botanical artists / Penny Olsen.
Canberra, ACT : NLA Publishing, 2013.
B 7.043 OLS



The insects : structure and function / R.F. Chapman
New York : Cambridge University Press, 2013.
E 11 o CHA


Synopsis of adventive species of Coleoptera (Insecta) recorded from Canada. Part 1, Carabidae / by Jan Klimaszewski ... [et al.].
Sofia : Pensoft, 2012.


Revideret fortegnelse over Danmarks sommerfugle = Revised checklist of the Lepidoptera of Denmark / Ole Karsholt og Per Stadel Nielsen
København : Lepidopterologisk Forening, 2013




Food webs and biodiversity : foundations, models, data / Axel G. Rossberg
Chichester, West Sussex : Wiley Blackwell, 2013.
L 10E o ROS


Il fenomeno carsico delle Prealpi Giulie settentrionali (Friuli) / a cura di Giuseppe Muscio
Udine : Istituto Italiano di Speleoligia, 2008.
L 72I q MUS


Baía de Todos os Santos : diagnóstico socio-ambiental e Subsídios para a Gestão
Salvador, Brazil : Germen, 1997
L 76D o BAI


Natural history and travel : old and rare Books. Catalogue 291 / Allard Schierenberg
Amsterdam : Antiquariaat Junk, 2013.
L 95E o ANT


Ornithology (Tring)

Las aves de Canarias
Santa Cruz de Tenerife : Turquesa Pubs, 2013.


Aves do estuário da Baía da Babitonga e litoral de São Francisco do Sul/ Marta Jussara Cremer, Alexandre Venson Grose.
Joinville [SC]: Ed. Univille, 2010.


The birds of Africa. Volume VIII, The Malagasy Region / Roger Safford and Frank Hawkins ; plumage descriptions by David J. Pearson ; colour plates by John Gale and Brian Small.
London : Christopher Helm, 2013.


Causal analysis of spatio-temporal patterns of passerine migration along the Eastern flyway : dissertation / vorgelegt von Elizabeth Yohannes
Innsbruck : Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck, 2003.


Darwin has come : new legend of the creature : working English translation from Japanese / NHK ; [translated by Fumio Taguchi]


Da-uin ga kitta / NHK
[Darwin has come : new legend of the creature]
Japan : Asahi Shimbun, 2011.


On the rocks. / Text and photographs by Bryan Nelson artwork by John Busby
Peterborough : Langford Press, 2013
ORNITHOLOGY 96A NEL                    



Monkey / Desmond Morris.
London : Reaktion Books, 2013.
Z 17A o MOR


Fauna Cantabrigiensis : the vertebrate and molluscan fauna of Cambridgeshire by the Rev. Leonard Jenyns (1800-1893) : transcript and commentaries / edited by Richard C. Preece and Tim H. Sparks.
London : Ray Society, 2012.
Z 72Aa q JEN


Livro vermelho da fauna ameaçada de extinção no Rio Grande do Sul / Carla S. Fontana, Glayson A. Bencke, Roberto E. Reis [organizadores].
Porto Alegre EDIPUCRS 2003
Z 76D q LIV


Mamíferos aquaticos do Brasil : plano de ação. Versão II
Brasília : Edições IBAMA, 2001


Frogs of the United States and Canada / C. Kenneth Dodd, Jr.
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013.
Z REPTILES 70 DOD Volume 1
Z REPTILES 70 DOD Volume 2


Las tortugas y los cocodrilianos de los países andinos de trópico / autores, José Vicente Rued-Almonacid ... [et al.] ; illustrationes, Stephen Nash, César Landazábal Mendoza, Marco Antonio Rada
Bogotá, D.C., Colombia : Conservación Internacional, 2007.




Missionary Needlework etc.  Collected by the Rev. G. E. Smith (1805-1881)]

by Sarah Vincent (Electronic Resources Librarian)


Recently unearthed from the collections by a slightly bemused librarian, Missionary Needlework etc., illustrates the importance of not judging a book by its cover, or indeed its title. There is a singular lack of needlepoint contained within the marbled covers of this 18th century scrapbook; it has instead been repurposed to hold a lovingly compiled collection of natural history drawings, cuttings, notes and photographs collected by the Reverend Gerard Edward Smith.


Smith was born in Camberwell in 1805. He studied at Oxford and, after being ordained in 1829, became Vicar of Sellinge, Kent. After marrying Isabella March Clark in 1935, Reverend Smith moved  to the North of England and spent the next 40-ish years as the Vicar of Cantley, Ashton Hayes and Osmaston, respectively, before retiring to Ockbrock.


Throughout his career, Smith enthusiastically pursued a side-line interest in the study of the natural world. He was a keen amateur botanist and, alongside his wife, spent time collecting, drawing and painting examples of local flora. He even found time to author several books on British botany, which are also held in the NHM Library.






Smith’s interest in the world around him did not end with plants, as demonstrated by Missionary Needlework, etc., which is a highly personal scrapbook composed of a brilliantly diverse and eclectic range of zoological articles, paintings, prints and illustrations (many of which were apparently drawn by Smith himself). These items have been meticulously pasted in place and arranged systematically in rough order of biological complexity. It begins with a rather charming human skeleton and finishes with some less charming parasitic worms, taking in such marvels as creepily smug dolphins and beautifully painted beetles along the way.








We received Missionary Needlework etc., as a donation from Aimee Clark in 1933. Aimee’s aunt, May Senior Clark, was presumably a relative of Isabella’s  and received Smith’s natural history collections following his death in 1881. From Aimee’s introductory letter, we can gain some insight into Smith’s character: apparently he was very popular with younger members of the family and was regarded as ‘a real playfellow’.
This description is backed up by one of the most charming items contained in the scrapbook, an inserted miniature pamphlet about bats, which was illustrated and written by a 21-year old Smith and dedicated to ‘the amusement of my little friends’.







This pamphlet covers a range of fascinating bat-themed topics and provides valuable advice to those travelling in areas inhabited by the vampire flitter mouse, namely to sleep with your feet covered up in order to avoid being bitten and ‘passing from a state of sound sleep to that of death’.


Fittingly, the pamphlet closes with a poetic description of the incident that inspired its creation, a home invasion by a rather confused long-eared bat: 

‘Prithee look dear Papa! What a wonder is here!
A winged little mouse, it would seem, I declare!
Where the door was wide opened, I saw it fly in,
So quite certain I am that it flits thro’ the air!’


On Monday 29th July the Library & Archives hosted a tour for 2013’s participants in the Young Graduates for Museums and Galleries programme (YGMG), an annual scheme which provides the opportunity for gifted 16-18 year old students to spend time behind the scenes of many of the major Museum and Galleries in London.

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This year, sixteen students were able to spend a day at the NHM, learning about the work of our scientists and staff, with the hope that it would inspire some to consider pursuing a career in the Museum and Galleries sector .


After visiting a variety of institutions across London, the students are given the opportunity to undertake a summer internship during the school holidays.

Part of the students’ day at the NHM was spent in the Library & Archives, where they were shown some of our treasures. These included our oldest book - an edition of Pliny the Elder’s Historia Naturalis from 1469, and some field notebooks from the Malay Archipelago belonging to Alfred Russel Wallace.


Library staff love meeting the students each year, and greatly enjoy their enthusiasm for the collections we show them. We hope seeing some of our material inspires them for the future, and perhaps they may return one day as staff members!


Lisa Di Tommaso

(Special Collections Librarian)


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



Anthropology / Palaeontology



The early prehistory of Wadi Faynan, Southern Jordan : archaeological survey of Wadis Faynan, Ghuwayr and al- Bustan and evaluation of the pre-pottery Neolithic A site of WF16 / edited by Bill Finlayson and Steven Mithen
Oxford : Oxbow, c2007
A 2 q FIN


The first farmers of central Europe : diversity in LBK lifeways / edited by Penny Bickle and Alasdair Whittle ; with contributions by Alexandra Anders, Rose-Marie Arbogast, R. Alexander Bentley, Penny Bickle, Christoph Blesl, Lucy Cramp, Philippa Cullen, Christopher Dale, Marta Dockalová, László Domboróczki, Linda Fibiger, Michael Francken, Claudia Gerling, Seren Griffiths, Gisela Grupe, Julie Hamilton, Robert Hedges, Daniela Hofmann, Nándor Kalicz, Zsófia Eszter Kovács, Eva Lenneis, Tibor Marton, Inna Mateiciucová, Christine Neugebauer-Maresch, Geoff Nowell, Krisztián Oross, Ildikó Pap, Juraj Pavúk, Joachim Pechtl, Pál Raczky, Linda Reynard, Michael Schultz, Peter Stadler, Elisabeth Stephan, Maria Teschler-Nicola, Barbara Tiefenböck, Joachim Wahl, Alasdair Whittle and Carrie Wright.
Oakville, Conn. : Oxbow Books and the David Brown Book Company, 2013
A 3 q BIC




The lost world of Fossil Lake : snapshots from deep time / Lance Grande ; with photography by Lance Grande and John Weinstein.
Chicago ; London : University of Chicago Press, 2013
P 75C/50 q GRA




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


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


Laboratornoe kul'tivirovanie morskikh mikrovodoroslei, vkliuchai?a produt?sentov fitotoksinov : nauchno-metodicheskoe posovie / T.I?U. Orlova, N.A. Aizdaicher, I.V. Stonik.
[Manual on laboratory cultivation of marine microalgae, including toxic species]
Vladivostok : Dal'nauka, 2011.


Zhejiang Dongtou Dazing haizao = [The Marine Algae in Dongtou, Zheijiang]
China : Ocean Press, 2012.
ALGAE 582.26(265) WAN


"Les mousses" : Liste rouge, inventaire et initiation aux bryophytes du canton de Genève / Laurent Burgisser & Arianne Cailliau ; avec la collaboration de Michelle Price, Anne-Laure Maire & Hélène Hinden et en coordination avec Bertrand von Arx
[Mosses : red List, inventory and introduction to bryophytes the canton of Geneva]
Genève : Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques de la Ville de Genève, 2012.


Morskie rastenii?a stran Aziatsko-Tikhookeanskogo regiona, ikh ispol'zovanie i kul'tivirovanie Marine plants of the Asian Pacific Regions countries, their use and cultivation / E.A. Titli?anov, T.V. Titli?anova ; Pod obshchei redakt?siei akademika A.V. Adrianova.
Marine plants of the Asian Pacific Regions countries, their use and cultivation
Vladivostok : Dal'nauka, 2012.


Ferns, clubmosses, quillworts and horsetails of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly / Rosaline J. Murphy ... [et al.].
Truro : ERCCIS, 2012.
FERNS 582.35(410) MUR Q


Scolt Head Island / edited by J. A. Steers.
Cambridge: W. Heffer. 1960
L 72Aa o STE


The ecological impact of long-term changes in Africa's Rift Valley / Andrew J. Plumptre, editor.
Hauppauge, N.Y. : Nova Science Publishers, 2012.
L 74 q ECO


Wonders of nature : Ustad Mansur at the Mughal court / Asok Kumar Das
Mumbai : Marg Foundation, c2012
L 83 q DAS


The impact of the Biodiversity Heritage Library Digitisation Project on scientific research at the Natural History Museum, London / Angela D. Thresher



Minerals from the Republic of Macedonia : with an introduction to mineralogy / Gligor Jovanoski, Blažo Boev, & Petre Makreski
Skopje : Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts, 2012.
M (497) JOV



Kangaroo / John Simons.
London : Reaktion Books, 2013.
Z 17L o SIM


Global perspectives on the biology and life history of the white shark / edited by Michael L. Domeier.
Boca Raton, FL : CRC Press, c2012.


Mammals of China / Andrew T. Smith and Yan Xie, editors ; Robert S. Hoffmann ... [et al.], contributing authors ; Federico Gemma, illustrator ; Wang Sung, honorary editor.
Princeton, N.J. ; Oxford : Princeton University Press, c2013


Amphibians and reptiles of Costa Rica : a pocket guide / Federico Muñoz Chacón, Richard Dennis Johnston.
Ithaca ; London  : Comstock Pub. Associates, 2013.