The Curious Mister Catesby - Book Launch


18:00 Tuesday 19th May 2015

To coincide with the release of The Curious Mister Catesby (Georgia), join the book's authors David Elliott and Charles Nelson and Catesby Commemorative Trust Patron, Sir Ghillean Prance FRS to discuss the book and the life of 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. Upon his return to England five years later, he began the twenty-year task of writing, etching, and publishing his monumental The natural history of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama islands

Mark Catesby was a man of exceptional courage and determination combined with insatiable curiosity and multiple talents. Nevertheless no portrait of him is known. The international contributors to this volume review Catesby’s biography alongside the historical and scientific significance of his work. Ultimately, this lavishly illustrated volume advances knowledge of Catesby’s explorations, collections, artwork, and publications in order to reassess his importance within the pantheon of early naturalists.

To view a promotional video on the book, please click here

This book launch is free and open to all; registration is not necessary.

Tea and coffee will be served in the Library from 17:30 and a wine reception will follow.