Sir William Jardine

Sir William Jardine : A Life in Natural History

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This biography of Sir William Jardine (1800-1874), the foremost Scottish naturalist of the 19th century, uses original source material (manuscripts, correspondence, etc.). Despite Jardine's considerable achievements as ornithologist, ichthyologist, publisher and catalyst of Victorian science, no comprehensive biography exists. Jardine owned the finest private natural history museum and library in Britain and made natural history available to anyone who could read by issuing 40 small volumes on birds, mammals, fishes and insects.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 19mm | 300g
  • Leicester University Press
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 38 illustrations, bibliog , indexes
  • 0718501640
  • 9780718501648
  • 2,385,109

Table of contents

Cave adsum; look to your beams; I cannot do without any ornithological work; few men could cast a more alluring fly; great works of creation; in a most comfortable carriage; I am busy breaking stones; I mean again to take up entomology; a mania for humming birds; a visionary dream; the finest collection of birds in Britain.
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About Christine E. Jackson

Christine E. Jackson is a full time writer and former librarian. Peter Davis is Professor of Museology at Newcastle University, UKand Guest Professor of Museology at Museion, Goteborg University, Sweden. His research interests include the history of museums, the history of natural history and environmentalism, and ecomuseums. He is the author of several books, including "Museums and the Natural Environment" (1996) and (with Christine Jackson) "Sir William Jardine: a life in natural history" (2001), also published by Continuum.
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