Cornell University

The Curious Mister Catesby: A "Truly Ingenious" Naturalist Explores New Worlds

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 4:00pm

Mann Library, Stern Seminar Room 160
Cornell University Mann Library, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA

Join us for a lecture by Leslie Overstreet, curator of Natural-History Rare Books at the Smithsonian Libraries. The event opens Mann Library's spring 2017 exhibit program and is in conjunction with the Department of Plant Science’s Horticulture Seminar Series featuring Mark Catseby’s plant introductions and their impact on 18th century gardens.

English naturalist Mark Catesby (1683–1749) crossed the Atlantic to Virginia and after a seven-year stay, he returned to England with paintings of plants and animals he had studied. Impressed by his collection, several Fellows of the Royal Society sponsored his return to North America where he cataloged the flora and fauna of the Carolinas and the Bahamas by gathering seeds, specimens, compiling notes, and making watercolor sketches.

Overstreet, contributing author of the book The Curious Mister Catesby: A "Truly Ingenious" Naturalist Explores New Worlds (University of Georgia Press, March 2015), will talk about the historical and scientific significance of his findings, and his monumental book, The Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands.

Reception following the lecture. This event is sponsored by Mann Library and the School of Integrative Plant Sciences.

Event Type

Author Appearance, Lecture, Presentation


Cornell University Library, Mann Library, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Plant Biology, Sustainability, Department of Horticulture


horticulture, cascal, CALScomm, pawprint, history, Cornell University Library, Mann Library, CUL, rare manuscripts, plant science, biology, scientific illustration




Contact E-Mail

Contact Name

Lynn Bertoia

Contact Phone

(607) 255-5406


Leslie Overstreet

Speaker Affiliation

Smithsonian Libraries

Disability Access Information

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Free and open to all

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