Although several of the forty authors contributing succinct essays to the volume are museum curators most are specialists from the research library of the american museum of natural history in new york appropriately so since it is books rather than specimens that form its organizing units giving these natural histories their particular . Natural histories gathers some of the most scientifically significant historically rare and beautifully illustrated gems from the american museum of natural historys library peek into the rare book collections and view full page prints from sky atlases of the heavens to copper plates of marsupials that feed exclusively on pollen and nectar. For the first time natural histories allows readers a privileged glimpse of seldom seen fully illustrated scientific tomes from the american museum of natural historys rare book collection forty essays from the museums top experts in a variety of natural science disciplines from anthropology to zoology enhance and discuss each rare works unique qualities and scientific contribution. Natural histories extraordinary rare book selections from the american museum of natural history library is as noted in the title quite extraordinary including the 40 prints taken from the 40 texts reviewed by the multiple authors each chapter is written by a different authority. For the first time natural histories allows readers a privileged glimpse of seldom seen fully illustrated scientific tomes from the american museum of natural historys rare book collection
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