Forthcoming Book | The Curious Mister Catesby

Posted in books by Editor on November 24, 2013


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From the Catesby Commemorative Trust:

The University of Georgia Press has just advised that it is enthusiastically going to publish The Curious Mister Catesby: A ‘Truly Ingenious’ Naturalist Explores New Worlds (expected publication of December 2014). While accessible to the interested general reader, it will be to a technical standard that is usable academically. Containing significant new information, this work is intended to be the most comprehensive and accurate book written about Catesby and is the legacy of the Catesby Commemorative Trust’s Mark Catesby Tercentennial symposium in 2012.

Proposed Table of Contents

• E. Charles Nelson (FLS, Editor and author, Wisbech, UK): “The truly honest, ingenious, and modest Mr. Mark Catesby, F. R. S.” – documenting his life

• Cynthia Neal (Film producer and director, Nashville): Behind the scenes – Catesby, the man, viewed through the lens of a camera

• Karen Reeds (Independent scholar, Princeton): Mark Catesby’s botanical forerunners in Virginia

• Diana and Michael Preston (Authors, London): William Dampier (1651–1715): the pirate of exquisite mind

• Kay Etheridge (Professor, Gettysburg College, PA) and Florence F. J. M. Pieters (University of Amsterdam): Maria Sibylla Merian: pioneering naturalist, artist, and inspiration for Catesby

• Marcus B. Simpson, Jr (Wake Forest University, Winston Salem, NC): John Lawson’s A new voyage to Carolina and his “Compleat History”: the Mark Catesby connection

• Janet Browne (Professor, Harvard University): Mark Catesby’s world: England

• Sarah Meacham (Associate Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University): Mark Catesby’s world: Virginia

• Suzanne Linder Hurley (Historian and author, Davidson, NC): Mark Catesby’s Carolina Adventure

• Robert Robertson (Curator Emeritus, Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences): Mark Catesby’s Bahamian natural history (observed in 1725-1726)

• Henrietta McBurney (formerly Deputy Keeper, Royal Library, Windsor Castle): Mark Catesby’s preparatory drawings for his Natural history of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama islands

• Leslie K. Overstreet (Curator, Smithsonian Institution Libraries, Washington, D.C.): The publication of Mark Catesby’s Natural history of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama islands

• Stephen A. Harris (Oxford University, UK): The plant collections of Mark Catesby in Oxford

• Charles E. Jarvis (Natural History Museum, London): Linnaeus and the influence of Mark Catesby’s botanical work

• Hardy Eshbaugh (Professor Emeritus, Miami University, OH): The economic botany and ethnobotany of Mark Catesby

• Shepard Krech III (Professor Emeritus, Brown University, RI): Mark Catesby’s “Of birds of passage”

• Aaron M. Bauer (Professor, Villanova University, PA): Catesby’s science: zoology (other than ornithology) in The natural history of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama islands

• Kraig Adler (Cornell University): Catesby’s fundamental contributions to Linnaeus’s binomial catalogue of North American animals

• Mark Laird (Adjunct Professor, Harvard University): Mark Catesby’s plant introductions and English gardens of the eighteenth century

• Judith Magee (Natural History Museum, London): Following in the footsteps of Mark Catesby

• Ghillean T. Prance (FRS, Technical Director, the Eden Project, UK): Inspiration from Mark Catesby’s natural history

• David J. Elliot (FLS, Associate Editor and author, Seabrook Island, SC): Conclusions: The Account, Appendix, Hortus and other endings among Mark Catesby’s work.

• James L. Reveal (Adjunct Professor, Cornell University): Identification of the plants and animals illustrated by Mark Catesby for his Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands

A Bibliography for Mark Catesby


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