335 pages, Col & b/w illus
This is a visual record of some of the most significant and beautiful discoveries in the history of natural science explorations. The photographs and artwork span three centuries and document advances and watersheds in the field of natural science. The stories behind these images – of explorers, naturalists, artists and photographers – entwine in a study of human achievement and natural wonder.
Hand-picked from the vast Library of the Natural History Museum in London, the illustrations and artworks contained here from a rare collection, most of which have never been in the public eye. Highlights include Sir Hans Sloane's voyage to Jamaica in 1687 collecting and recording still-preserved plant specimens, cocoa among them; Maria Sybilla Merian's personal sojourn to Surinam in 1699 to record brilliant butterflies and bizarre insects; and Darwin's fateful trip to the Galapogos cataloguing finches and fossils.
Re-issue, originally published in 1999.
'It's difficult to resist attacking this book with a pair of scissors. Not because it's bad - far from it - but because so many of the illustrations whisper "Cut me out and stick me on the wall over the mantelpiece".' Geographical: Magazine of the Royal Geographical Society 'A mesmerising visual and textual record of ten of the most significant natural history expeditions in history.' Good Book Guide 'Nature lovers should enjoy Voyages of Discovery with hundreds of naturalist drawings from the Natural History Museum.' USA Today
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Tony Rice received his first degree and PhD in Marine Biology from the University of Liverpool. He worked as curator of crustacea at the Natural History Museum, London, then spent 26 years leading the deep-sea benthic biology team at the Natural Environment Research Council's Institute of Oceanographic Sciences. He now concentrates on writing books and acting as a marine environmental consultant.