Voyages of Discovery: A Visual Celebration of Ten of the Greatest Natural History Expeditions

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Firefly Books, 2008 - History - 336 pages
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A rare and beautiful selection of works handpicked from the vast archives of London's Natural History Museum.

"The book's greatest contribution is to showcase the work of the artists who, usually under very difficult circumstances, so brilliantly served science and opened Western eyes to new worlds."
- School Library Journal (on the original edition)

Voyages of Discovery is a mesmerizing visual survey of the most significant discoveries in the history of natural science exploration. Superb artwork and photographs spanning three centuries document landmark advances made in the field and bring to life the fascinating stories of the explorers, naturalists, artists and photographers.

The book is fully illustrated in color with informative text and captions. Highlights include:

  • Sir Hans Sloane's 1687 voyage to Jamaica, where he collected and recorded plant specimens, including cocoa, which are preserved to this day
  • Maria Sybilla Merian's personal journey to Surinam in 1699, where in brilliant detail she recorded butterflies and exotic insects
  • Charles Darwin's fateful trip to the Galapagos Islands, on which he cataloged finches and fossils
  • William Bartram's fanciful documentation of North American wildlife
  • Matthew Flinders' mapping of Australia, where he was accompanied by Ferdinand Bauer, perhaps the greatest of all natural science artists.

The Natural History Museum in London has the world's most comprehensive collection of natural science specimens and artworks. Voyages of Discovery offers readers a privileged opportunity to explore that collection.

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About the author (2008)

Tony Rice is a scientist and the writer or editor of more than 200 publications. Formerly a curator at the Natural History Museum in London and the head of Benthic Biology at the Southampton Oceanography Centre, he is a specialist in deep-sea biology and an authority on the Challenger expedition of 1872.

Dr. David Bellamy is a botanist, broadcaster, environmentalist and the best-selling author of 40 books and numerous scientific papers on ecology and the environment.

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