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Hardwicke red panda

HARDWICKE, Thomas. 26 Indian Zoological drawings, c. 1821.

Thomas Hardwicke (1756-1835) was Major-General in the British East India Company, and in his spare time collected and described species of animals he found on his travels. The animals were beautifully drawn from life by unknown Indian artists, and Hardwicke amassed over 4000 paintings of animals and plants. The Linnean Society has 26 of them, which need cleaning, repair and removing from their brown backing paper. 


Gouan before conservation

GOUAN, Antoine. Flora Monspeliaca. Lyon: Sumptibus Benedicti Duplain, 1765.

Antoine Gouan (1733-1821) was a French naturalist who was the first to adopt Carl Linnaeus's binomial nomenclature in France, and the first to publish a flora according to Linnaean taxonomy. Gouan was native of Montpellier, and published this Flora of Montpellier in 1765. The spine and covers need repair; the text block needs to be cleaned; and a protective wrapper will be made to keep the work safe.


Vandelli before conservation

VANDELLI, Domenico. Tractatus de Thermis Agri Patavini. Padua: Ex Typographia Conzatti, 1761.

Domenico Vandelli (1735–1816) was an Italian naturalist, who studied in Padua and did most of his scientific work in Portugal. One of his major works was the Tractatus de thermis agri patavini in 1761. The spine and covers need repair; the text block needs to be cleaned; and a protective wrapper will be made to keep the work safe.

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Sargent and Barton American Antiquities

SARGENT, Winthrop, and Benjamin Smith BARTON. Papers Relative to Certain American Antiquities. Philadelphia: [printer:] Dobson, 1796.

Winthrop Sargent was secretary to the territory of the United-States, north-west of the River-Ohio, while Benjamin Smith Barton was professor of materia medica, natural history, and botany, at the University of Pennsylvania. The book has a modern binding that has been sewn too tightly and is damaging the text block. The original paper covers torn. The book will be cleaned, repaired and re-sewn.


LOCKYER, Charles. An Account of the Trade in India ... to Which is Added, an Account of the Management of the Dutch in Their Affairs in India. London: the Author, 1711.

This book is part of the Society's Insch Tea Library. Its boards are detached; its spine is split; the sewing is loose; and the pages are lightly soiled. The sewing structure will be repaired; the spine rebuilt; the boards reattached and the text block will be cleaned.


Hudson Flora Anglica

LYONS, Israel. Annotated copy of W. Hudson, Flora Anglica, 1762.

William Hudson’s (1730-1793) Flora Anglica was described by Smith as marking ‘the establishment of Linnaean principles of botany in England’. Israel Lyons (1739-1775) was a gifted mathematician and botanist, and this first edition of Hudson’s work is interleaved and heavily annotated by Lyons. The book’s boards are detached and need to be repaired. A box will be made for its future preservation.

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Linnaeus by Haagen-Nilsson

HAAGEN-NILSSON, Jean Gustaf. Carl von Linné (1905). 

Oil painting. Copy by Haagen-Nilsson of the 1774 portrait of Carl Linnaeus by Per Krafft in the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. This painting, which hangs above the President’s chair in the Society’s Meeting Room, needs cleaning.


Stackhouse before conservation

STACKHOUSE, John. Nereis Britannica; Continens Species Omnes Fucorum in Insulis Britannicis Crescentium... Bath: [privately], 1795-1801.

John Stackhouse (1742-1819) was an English botanist, primarily interested in Spermatophytes, algae and mycology. The Nereis Britannica, which was issued in parts, deals mainly with the seawracks or fuci, and was based on his own research, together with those of friends and the herbaria of Dillenius, Bobart, and Linnaeus. The copy was water damaged.


Anderson Alpinia Grandifolia top
Anderson Alpinia Grandifolia bottom

ANDERSON, Alexander. Hortus Sti. Vincentii Tabulae, 1800s.

Alexander Anderson (1748-1811) was a Scottish surgeon and botanist, who was appointed superintendent of the government botanic garden at St. Vincent. These beautiful 148 watercolours depict plants from the garden, and include a plan of the Botanic Garden of St Vincent. Several sheets are torn and need repair, as well as cleaning.




Aldrovandi before conservation, spine
Aldrovandi before conservation, title page

ALDROVANDI, Ulisse. Quadrupedum Omnium Bisulcorum Historia.... Bononiae: Sebastianum Bonhommium, 1621.

Interesting and beautifully illustrated early work on quadrupeds, including an early depiction of a giraffe. From the library of James Edward Smith. Several pages are torn, a board is detached and the binding needs to be repaired, with a new spine. A box will need to be made to keep the item safe.