Early comments and reviews have begun arriving! We are humbled, a bit giddy and certainly thrilled! Please take just a moment to share in the excitement:

From Robert M Peck, Senior Fellow, Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, Drexel University

"The Curious Mr. Catesby is beautifully designed and produced and filled with important and interesting scholarship. Congratulations! Well done! I have been savoring it ever since my copy arrived a few weeks ago. The modest Mr. Catesby probably would be surprised by such a substantive volume on his accomplishments, but no doubt very proud!"

From our great friend and Catesby descendant, Joseph B. Cocke, Retired Engineer & Consultant of Clemson SC

“Amazing amount of new information discovered about Mark Catesby.”

From T.J. Nissen of Oxfordshire, UK
"Wow! What a beautiful, beautiful book - about an extraordinary man and a gifted artist"

***Please note: As previously announced, the book price increase will become effective this Wednesday, April 1. We’re very pleased to be able to hold the increase to only $3.00 when you purchase your book through this web site. Shipping charges and Garden Club of America prices are unchanged. 


11 March 2015

Pre Publication Book Price Held

David Elliott, Co-Editor of The Curious Mister Catesby , announced the

pre publication book price, $39.95, will be held for the remainder of March.

You may order your personal copy or several this very minute on this web site.

Don’t delay.  Regular pricing of $44.95 will commence the first of April.  No joke.

*Garden Club of America member pricing will be unchanged.


February 26, 2015

Congratulations to our Trustee, Dr. Charles Nelson! 

The Royal Horticultural Society, UK,  has awarded Dr. Nelson with the internationally prestigious Veitch Memorial Medal in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the advancement of the science and practice of horticulture.  The Veitch Memorial Medal, instituted in 1870, is regarded as being among the highest accolades in horticulture.  The Catesby Trust is honored to be associated with Dr. Nelson and benefits greatly from his expertise and prowess as Co-Editor of The Curious Mister Catesby, a “truly ingenious” naturalist explores new worlds. 

February 5, 2015

Catesby Trust President, Jane Waring, announced the election of two new Trustees to our Board.

Cynthia P. Neal and Charles Nelson were unanimously welcomed to the Board of Trustees at the February 5 annual meeting.  Complete biographies of the Trustees, along with photographs, are available in the “ABOUT US” section of this web site.  Ms Neal, who has been associated closely with the Trust since the inception, served as Producer/Director of the documentary, The Curious Mister Catesby.  Dr. Nelson currently is the much-esteemed Co-Editor of our book, The Curious Mister Catesby, a “truly ingenious” naturalist explores new worlds. 

President Waring also announced Sylvia W. Bacon has been named by the Board to fill the new position of Artistic Director to the Trust.  Mrs. Bacon has provided critical and continued support and direction to the Trust in all matters aesthetic.  Her biography and photograph can be found on our “ABOUT US” section of this web site.

Please Welcome Professor Sir Ghillean Prance FRS, VMH

We are pleased to announce that Professor Sir Ghillean Prance FRS, VMH has accepted appointment as Patron of the Catesby Commemorative Trust. Sir Ghillean was a keynote speaker at the Tercentennial and is author of a chapter in our book. Please see “Those Involved” for his biographical information.

Catesby Commemorative Trust Adds to Board of Directors

We are pleased to announce that both Thomas Schreck (Portola Valley, California) and Herbert E. Fitzgerald, III (Richmond, Virginia) have recently accepted our invitation to join the Catesby Commemorative Trust Board of Directors. Please see the “Those Involved” tab for photos and biographical information.

Visit the summer exhibition “An Introduction to Mark Catesby” at the Petersburg Public Library.

For Information see:

On June 25th, the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art of Yale University in London is hosting a seminar entitled “Catesby – 1 object 3 voices”. The speakers are our authors Henrietta McBurney, Leslie Overstreet, and Charles Jarvis. Reservations are essential, so contact Ella Fleming at if you are interested in attending or want more information.

The Smithsonian Libraries unveils Once There Were Billions: Vanished Birds of North America at the National Museum of Natural History on June 24. This exhibition is a joint production of Smithsonian Libraries, Biodiversity Heritage Library, and the National Museum of Natural History. Take a look at the link and you’ll see Catesby’s illustrations of the Passenger Pigeon and the Heath Hen.


Thursday, 5th June 2014, 6.30pm for 7.00pm, Graham Kerr Building, University of Glasgow.

The author, Charles Nelson, will deliver a lecture “Home and abroad with the nineteenth century Scottish naturalist John Scouler of Kilbarchan”

John Scouler (c1804-1871) made a remarkable two-year journey to Northwest America discovering plants and animals while travelling through the Atlantic and Pacific oceans to his destination, the Columbia River. His companion was the Glasgow botanist David Douglas where they discovered many plants new to science. Scouler then went to India, adding to his collections which helped found the Andersonian Museum in Glasgow. When not travelling he was Professor at Anderson’s College and in Dublin. His work contributed to anthropology, natural history and geology – truly a “man of parts”. The illustrated lecture will describe his adventures and legacy to natural science.

Dr E. Charles Nelson, FLS. After a PhD in Australia Charles returned to his native Ireland in 1975, to take up the position of horticultural taxonomist at the Irish National Botanic Gardens, Dublin. He is the author or editor of over 20 books and more than 150 research papers, most recently a prize-wining book on heathers. Since 1996 he has lived in England and worked as a freelance botanist, author and editor, and is currently acting as editor for the Catesby Commemorative Trust’s intended book The curious Mister Catesby – A Naturalist Explores New Worlds. In May 2013, he received the Society for the History of Natural History’s Founders’ Medal.

Exhibits relating to The Andersonian Museum from the Zoology Museum and Glasgow Museums herbarium can be viewed in The Hunterian (Zoology Museum) where refreshments will be served.

Catesby Exhibit – Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden & Library

The Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden & Library in Richmond, Virginia is currently displaying a collection of exceptional facsimiles of Mark Catesby’s original watercolors. The originals are at Windsor Castle, and it has been 17 years since there has even been a selection of these prints in the US. The complete set has never been here, so don’t miss your opportunity to see this exhibit which is on display now through June 1st. For more information, please call 804.262.9887 Ext. 240 or see

Merian Symposium

The Artis Library (Special Collections of the University of Amsterdam) will host a three day symposium entitled Exploring Maria Sibylla Merian on May 26-28, 2014. Speakers will include three authors of chapters in our forthcoming book The curious Mister Catesby: a “truly ingenious” naturalist explores new worlds – Kay Etheridge (Professor of Biology at Gettysburg College), Leslie K. Overstreet (Curator of Natural History – Rare Books, Smithsonian Libraries), and Florence F.J.M. Pieters (former Curator of the Artis Library, University of Amsterdam; presently guest researcher at Artis Library). More information on the symposium can be found at:

UGAP will publish “The Curious Mister Catesby: A ‘Truly Ingenious Naturalist’ Explores News Worlds”

The University of Georgia Press has decided enthusiastically to publish “The curious Mister Catesby: a ‘truly ingenious’ naturalist explores new worlds”. We’ve been advised that the Press’ Faculty Board, comprised of senior scholars from a variety of fields, was particularly enthusiastic about the project and impressed by the rigor of our contributors’ scholarship.