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The Naturalist in Britain: A Social History

By: David Elliston Allen

312 pages, 11 b/w photos

Princeton University Press

Paperback | Nov 1994 | #31520 | ISBN: 0691036322
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Hardback | Dec 1994 | #31521 | ISBN: 0691036284
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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

Allen's original [book] ... is dense with picturesque detail, rich in correlation with social, artistic, and technical trends. The Times Literary Supplement Allen has made a caring, pioneering attempt towards mapping this vast forest... It is a book which is unlikely to be superseded. -- Roy Porter Annals of Science


<table><TR><TD> <TD>List of Plates <TR><TD>Ch. 2 <TD>The Rise to Fashion <TR><TD>Ch. 3 <TD>Wonders of the Past <TR><TD>Ch. 4 <TD>The Victorian Setting <TR><TD>Ch. 5 <TD>The Fruits of Efficiency <TR><TD>Ch. 6 <TD>Exploring the Fringes <TR><TD>Ch. 7 <TD>Deadlier Weapons <TR><TD>Ch. 8 <TD>The Field Club <TR><TD>Ch. 9 <TD>The Parting of the Ways <TR><TD>Ch. 10 <TD>Dispersed Efforts <TR><TD>Ch. 11 <TD>Recovery on the Coasts <TR><TD>Ch. 12 <TD>An Infusion of Mobility <TR><TD>Ch. 13 <TD>A Break for Play <TR><TD>Ch. 14 <TD>The Eventual Combining <TR><TD> <TD>Notes on Sources <TR><TD> <TD>Index

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