Rare Treasures : From the Library of the Natural History Museum - the exhibition catalogue from Natural History Museum available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Rare Treasures : From the Library of the Natural History Museum

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A handsome book with highlights from the most historic and highly prized books in the Library at the Natural History Museum

Each book presented here has been chosen for its scientific and artistic merit, and each one is accompanied by an essay from a museum expert, explaining its role in the development of natural history.

The books featured include the oldest book in the Library, the 1469 edition of Pliny the Elder's Historia Naturalis; Albertus Seba's striking Locupletissimi Rerum published from 1734; Mark Catesby's The History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands, the first published account of the flora and fauna of this area; and the stunning line drawings from Napoleon's expedition to Egypt in 1798. The Library of the Natural History Museum contains one of the most exciting and comprehensive collections of natural history literature and artworks to be found anywhere in the world.


  • Author: Judith Magee 
  • Hardcover: 192 pages  | 200 colour illustrations
  • Date published: September 2017
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0565094447
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 26.7 cm

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