THE BOOK:

The Curious Mister Catesby

In 1712, English naturalist Mark Catesby (1683-1749) crossed the Atlantic to Virginia. After a seven-year stay, he returned to England with paintings of plants and animals he had studied. They sufficiently impressed other naturalists that in 1722 several Fellows of the Royal Society sponsored his return to North America. There Catesby cataloged the flora and fauna of the Carolinas and the Bahamas by gathering seeds and specimens, compiling notes, and making watercolor sketches.

 

About the Book

“This book is an absorbing blend of early colonial history in the American Southeast and the Bahamas with the rich fauna and flora the settlers freshly contained. Catesby emerges as one of the first true naturalists of the New World.”

– Edward O. Wilson, University Professor Emeritus of Entomology, Harvard University

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