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James Sowerby

The Enlightenment's Natural Historian

By Paul Henderson

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Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 February 2016
James Sowerby (1757-1822) was an outstanding artist and natural historian, renowned for his discoveries and prodigious output of beautiful, scientific books of plants, fungi, animals, fossils and minerals, all at a key historical time; the age of Enlightenment in Great Britain. Beautifully illustrated with artwork and letter and manuscript extracts, this first full biography of Sowerby is a fascinating artistic and historical account, which extends beyond that of one key player.

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Paul Henderson is a geologist whose early career was in the Universities of Glasgow and London, then in the Natural History Museum as Head of Mineralogy and Director of Science until 2003. He received the Honour of CBE in 2003 and is author of books on the earth sciences. He is Honorary Professor at University College London where he currently researches the history of science.

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2016 winner--Inspirational Book of the Year "Garden Media Guild " ""It's wonderful that Henderson has written a biography of this interesting man, telling not only about his life and work but also about the scholarly world in which he operated and the networks of various types of natural history enthusiasts of which he was a part." --Award of Excellence in Biography "The Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries " " It s wonderful that Henderson has written a biography of this interesting man, telling not only about his life and work but also about the scholarly world in which he operated and the networks of various types of natural history enthusiasts of which he was a part." --Award of Excellence in Biography "The Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries ""

EAN: 9781842465967
ISBN: 1842465961
Publisher: Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
Dimensions: 25.15 x 19.3 x 3.05 centimetres (1.42 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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