During the 18th and 19th Centuries, international travel wasn't as opportune.
Thus witness the birth of a new demographic: The Armchair or Parlor Naturalist, a person who in simplest terms was passionate about the discovery of new species, and who, without the means as a worldwide explorer, enjoyed the joy of discovery from the comfort of his or her study or parlor.
Thus accompanying the ranks of the armchair traveler, this new interest created opportunity for an entirely new interest audience, and the book publishing world took note.
The late18th and early 19th centuries witnessed the blossoming
of several fine naturalist's compendiums, illustrated with meticulously rendered and lavishly hand-colored engraved illustrations Two such works were The Naturalist's Miscellany written and illustrated by Dr George Shaw and Frederick Polydore Nodder in London between 1790 and 1813,
In the pages of these fine volumes, the glories of natural world were available for everyone's enjoyment.
Both The Naturalist's Library and The Naturalist's Miscellany excelled at the discovery, documentation and representation, from both life and perfected stuffed specimen, of new species: birds, animals, insects and aquatic life, from often previously uncharted territories around the globe.
Welcome to 2011 and the new Blog of Lowry-James Rare Prints & Books. It's a New Year and a New Time, and after a Quarter of a Century in the Rare Print Trade, I felt it was time to get up to speed. We've named our blog 'A Naturalist's Miscellany', because it will be just that: a diverse offering of our knowledge of the art and literature of fine and rare Natural History, and the artisans who made a difference.
Here is where we will host our semi regular postings of our articles and the featured highlights from the shop, as well as random and related ruminations on the rare print and book trade. We hope you find the offerings informative, enlightening. and perhaps even a bit entertaining. One never know what may appear on these pages, so please keep us in your sights and let us know what you think. With kind regards, Priscilla