Mark Catesby: Naturalist in North America
Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 12:00pm
Mann Library, Mann Lobby
Cornell University Mann Library, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA
Mark Catesby, an English naturalist of the 18th century, remains a mysterious figure despite his tall stature amongst scientists of his day. His seminal work – The natural history of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama islands – influenced giants in the history of science, from Audubon to Carl Linnaeus, and the plants he sent back to Europe changed horticulture on the continent immeasurably. A special program co-hosted by Mann Library and the Horticulture Section spotlights Catesby’s work in North America and its lasting impact on the development of botany as a modern science.
The program will include:
- “Mark Catesby: Naturalist in North America,” exhibit in the Mann Library Lobby and Top Shelf Gallery, April - September 2017
- The Curious Mister Catesby: A Truly ‘Ingenious’ Naturalist Explores New Worlds, book talk by Leslie Overstreet (Smithsonian Library), Wednesday, April 26, Mann Library 160, 4pm.
- “Mark Catesby and the Introduction of New Plants into Europe,” special lecture by Mark Laird (University of Toronto), May 1, 404 Plant Sciences Building
- Special display of an original edition of Mark Catesby’s classic, The Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands,” (London 1731), Rare & Manuscript Collections, Kroch Library Level 2B (M-F, 10:30 am – 4:30 pm; Sat, 1:00 – 5:00 pm)
- Guided viewing of Catesby’s Natural History with Dr. Don Rakow (Dept. of Horticulture) Reading Room, Rare & Manuscript Collections, Level 2B, Kroch Library. 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.