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Coenraad Jacob Temminck and the Emergence of Systematics (1800–1850)

By: Maria Eulàlia Gassó Miracle(Author)
328 pages, 37 colour and b/w illustrations
Publisher: E J Brill
Coenraad Jacob Temminck and the Emergence of Systematics (1800–1850)
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Coenraad Jacob Temminck and the Emergence of Systematics (1800–1850) is the first study to examine in detail the life and work of Coenraad Jacob Temminck (1778–1858), the Dutch naturalist who was the first director of ’s Rijks Museum van Natuurlijke Historie (National Museum of Natural History) in Leiden, The Netherlands. This study situates Temminck’s activities in the context of European natural history during the early to mid-nineteenth century. Three issues which defined the era are discussed in more detail: the growing European colonial territories, the rise of scientific meritocracy, and the emergence of systematics as a discipline. Temminck’s biography elucidates how and why systematics developed, and why its status within the natural sciences has been a matter of discussion for more than a century.


List of Illustrations
Note on Quotations and Translations
       1 Portraits of Coenraad Jacob Temminck
       2 On Dutch Natural History
       3 Summary of the Chapters
       4 A Word of Caution: On Definitions

part 1: Birds, Cabinets, and Museums
1 From Catalogs to Monographs
       1 Exotic Birds on Cupboards and Plates
       2 François Levaillant and Bernhard Meyer
       3 From Listing to Classifying
       4 Temminck’s Earliest Monographs
2 From Collector to Director
       1 Appointments and Politics
       2 The Direction of ’s Lands Kabinet
       3 Collections for the Universities
       4 Building Up a Network
       5 The Concept of a National Museum
3 National Museum, National Expeditions
       1 The Birth of ’s Rijks Museum van Natuurlijke Historie
       2 Temminck’s Directorate
       3 Colonial Nature
       4 A Worldwide Web of Collectors
4 A Place for Systematics
       1 The Museum’s Scientific Output
       2 Temminck’s Podium
       3 The Geography of Systematics

Part 2: Zoological Classification: 1800–1850
5 Patterns, Laws, and Types
       1 Geographical Patterns and the “Type” Concept
       2 Temminck’s Law versus Buffon’s Law
       3 On the Origin and Immutability of Species
       4 After Temminck’s Law
6 Systematics Wars
       1 Temminck’s Debates
       2 Nomenclatural Chaos
       3 Establishing Genera
       4 The Search for a Natural Classification System
       5 The ‘Parliamentary Practice’
7 Systematics and Natural History: 1800–1850
       1 Defining ‘Natural History’
       2 The Issue of Philosophical Arguments
       3 The Status of Anatomy and Physiology
       4 Systematics within Natural History

Conclusion: The Emergence of Systematics

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Maria Eulàlia Gassó Miracle is a Collections Specialist at Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Leiden. Her work focuses on the curation of Naturalis’ cultural heritage. She also conducts research on the history of nineteenth-century natural history and collections, with a particular interest in pre-Darwinian zoology.

By: Maria Eulàlia Gassó Miracle(Author)
328 pages, 37 colour and b/w illustrations
Publisher: E J Brill
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