“Taking Catesby Around the World,” by Rudy Mancke

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Mark Catesby’s Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands was the first description of the natural history of North America published with colored illustrations.  Catesby was an artist/naturalist who proved true the adage “a picture is worth a thousand words”.  He was able to give Europeans a better description of American natural history than everything that came before.  That information led to more exploration in America and to amazing discoveries he could have never imagined. [caption id="attachment_262" align="aligncenter" width="205"] Mark Catesby, Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands (London, 1731). Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, University of South Carolina.[/caption] Georg Wilhelm Steller (1709 – 1746) was a naturalist/physician who grew up in what is now Germany.  His major interest was botany, and he…
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University of South Carolina Libraries’ Digital Collections are scanning Catesby’s Natural History

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Kendall Hallberg, of the Digital Collections department, is working on the digitization of the Irvin Department's copies of Mark Catesby's Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahamas. You can read more about Kendall's experience working on the project at the link below. https://digital.library.sc.edu/a-peek-at-mark-catesbys-natural-histories/
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