The Book Of Nature: Natural History in the United States, 1825-1875 Margaret Welch

ISBN: 9781555533427

Published: April 2nd 1998

Hardcover

304 pages


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The Book Of Nature: Natural History in the United States, 1825-1875  by  Margaret Welch

The Book Of Nature: Natural History in the United States, 1825-1875 by Margaret Welch
April 2nd 1998 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 304 pages | ISBN: 9781555533427 | 4.51 Mb

In Mid-Nineteenth-Century America, when life sciences were not yet part of most college curricula, natural history books provided people with an understanding of their world, their national identity, and a basic appreciation of science.The Book ofMoreIn Mid-Nineteenth-Century America, when life sciences were not yet part of most college curricula, natural history books provided people with an understanding of their world, their national identity, and a basic appreciation of science.The Book of Nature explores the interactions between natural history literature -- especially illustrated botanical and zoological monographs -- and readers, relating the importance of these works in the transmission of natural historys practice and discourse.

Margaret Welch begins her cogent study by examining how the texts of naturalists such as ornithologist John James Audubon and botanist Asa Gray created the standard for describing and illustrating species. She then discusses how state and federal governments continued their tradition through the publication of survey reports, and illuminates the crucial role of amateur naturalists in promoting natural history disciplines.Welch traces the dissemination of nature as visual imagery from the monographs to other literary forms, including childrens literature, sentimental flower books, and biblical histories.

She also shows how books helped turn intellectual pursuit into popular pastimes, discussing the ways in which natural history affected other cultural practices, such as the incorporation of floral and animal motifs into art and handicrafts.The distinctive illustrative material and literary style developed in this period inspired Americans then and remain influential today. The Book of Nature offers fresh insights into both the roots of todays conservation movement and unexplored areas of our cultural history.



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