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Showing blog posts tagged with "Natural Histories"


The Making of Natural Histories: A Q&A with Tom Baione


Most of us are deluged daily with hundreds of images on billboards and screens of all sizes. But natural history illustrations like those featured in the 2012 collection Natural Histories: Extraordinary Rare Book Selections from the American Museum of Natural History Library still retain the power to surprise.

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An Obsession with Oddity: Sir Richard Owen and the Aye-Aye


Learn more about aye-ayes, unusual mammals with "continuously growing front teeth, batlike ears, a foxlike tail, abdominal mammary glands, claws on most digits, and spindly, dexterous middle fingers," in an essay excerpted from Natural Histories: Extraordinary Rare Book Selections from the American Museum of Natural History Library (Sterling Signature, 2012).

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Daniel Giraud Elliot Bird of Paradise (2)

Elliot's Monographs: A Magnificent Legacy

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The following excerpt from Natural Histories: Extraordinary Rare Book Selections from the American Museum of Natural History Library (Sterling Signature, 2012), edited by Tom Baione, the Museum Library’s director, highlights the role of rare 19th- and 20th-century monographs in advancing science. It was written by Joel L. Cracraft, chair of the Division of Vertebrate Zoology.

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