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Home Naturalist
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The Home Naturalist
Harland Coultas
London: Religious Tract Society, [187?]

Learning about minerals and the natural world appealed to young amateurs as shown in Harland Coultas’ The Home Naturalist

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Plantarum Historia Succulentarum
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Plantarum Historia Succulentarum (History of the Succulent Plants)
A.P. Candolle
P.J. Redoute
Paris: Chez A. J. Degour et Durand, [i.e. 1798]-1837

The glorious floral images of artist Pierre-Joseph Redouté (1759-1840) represented new heights of carefully observed nature painting. His artwork was reproduced as hand-colored stipple engravings (created by incising small dots into a metal plate) for a number of important botanical publications.

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Herbarium Vivae Eicones
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Herbarium Vivae Eicones
Otto Brunfels (1488–1534)
Designed by Hans Weiditz
Frankfurt: Durch Herman Gülfferichen, 1546

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North American Sylva, or, A Description of the Forest Trees of the United States, Canada and Nova Scotia
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The North American Sylva, or, A Description of the Forest Trees of the United States, Canada and Nova Scotia
François André Michaux (1770–1851)
Illustrated plates after P.J. redoute, H.J. Redoute, and P. Bessa
Paris: C. D’Hautel, 1819

The glorious floral images of artist Pierre-Joseph Redouté (1759-1840) represented new heights of carefully observed nature painting. His artwork was reproduced as hand-colored stipple engravings (created by incising small dots into a metal plate) for a number of important botanical publications.

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Flora of the Colosseum of Rome, or, Illustrations and Descriptions of Four Hundred and Twenty Plants Growing Spontaneously upon the Ruins of the Colosseum of Rome
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About this book:
Flora of the Colosseum of Rome, or, Illustrations and Descriptions of Four Hundred and Twenty Plants Growing Spontaneously upon the Ruins of the Colosseum of Rome
Richard Deakin (1809–1873)
London: Groombridge, 1873
Gift of Aaron Goldberg

Some publications combined natural history study with the Victorian interest in travel.

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Das Mineralreich
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Das Mineralreich (The Mineral Kingdom)
Reinhard Brauns (1861-1937)
with additions by Leonard J. Spencer
Esslingen a. N.: J. F. Schreiber, 1912

Images of mineral specimens were accurately drawn and colored to illustrate Reinhard Brauns’ Das Mineralreich (The Mineral Kingdom). The plates were issued bound in the book and separately.

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Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of Britain
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About this book:
Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of Britain
Edited and designed by The Readers’ Digest Associated Ltd.
London: Readers’ Digest Association Ltd., 1985

Modern reference books use both careful black-and-white line drawings and color photography, each offering a different type of information.

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