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Reissue of this classic work, with a new preface by the author. The book traces the evolution of natural history from the 17th to early 20th Century, from the `herbalizings' of apprentice apothecaries to the emergence of natural history as an organized discipline. The author describes the role of scientific ideas, popular fashion, religious motivations, literary influences and other factors.
`....a key resource for historians of science and an excellent introduction to natural history for the general reader' - Nature