Natural Histories at the American Museum of Natural History
Through June 12, 2014
by the book Natural Histories: Extraordinary Rare Book Selections from
the American Museum of Natural History Library, this exhibition includes
50 stunning images reproduced from more than 20 rare and beautifully
illustrated scientific works, dating from the 16th to the early 20th
If a bizarre new species were discovered, would you want to see it?
Fortunately, you could: on TV, on the Internet, in newspapers, and in
magazines. But before modern technology, curiosity was not so easily
satisfied. As European explorers came into contact with fascinating
animals, plants, land formations and human cultures, their descriptions
made the public back home yearn for a glimpse. Illustrated books, like
those featured in the exhibition, provided a window.
Reproductions of illustrations include works by celebrated artists
Albrecht Durer, Joseph Wolf, Moses Harris, John Woodhouse Audubon, and
Maria Sibylla Merian.