ARTIST Sir William Jardine
FROM The Naturalists Library
CONDITION Handcolored steel engraving
Sheet size: 4 1/8 x 6 ½ inches.
DATE London 1841
DESCRIPTION Scarce Sir William Jardine was a key figure in the history of Victorian science. He owned a fine private natural history museum and library in Britain and made the study of natural history widely available by editing and issuing the The Naturalist's Library in forty small well illustrated, and relatively affordable volumes. The Naturalist's library is a monument to Victorian industry and zeal for natural history education. The work is divided into four main sections: Ornithology, Mammalia, Entomology and Ichthyology