Archives of Natural History

Archives of natural history (formerly the Journal of the Society for the Bibliography of Natural History) publishes peer-reviewed papers on the history and bibliography of natural history in its broadest sense, and in all periods and all cultures. This is taken to include botany, general biology, geology, palaeontology and zoology, the lives of naturalists, their publications, correspondence and collections, and the institutions and societies to which they belong. Bibliographical papers concerned with the study of rare books, manuscripts and illustrative material, and analytical and enumerative bibliographies are also published.

Archives of natural history is published by Edinburgh University Press on behalf of the Society for the History of Natural History.

Publishes 2 issues a year.

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Latest articles

Volume 42 (2)

Joseph Sidebotham: vicissitudes of a Victorian collector
vol. 42 (2): 197-210
History of bird-keeping and the teaching of tricks using Cyanistes varius (varied tit) in Japan
vol. 42 (2): 211-225
An annotated checklist of mesoplodont whale species (Cetacea, Ziphiidae) discovered during the nineteenth century
vol. 42 (2): 226-235
Thomas Hardwicke (1756–1835): botanical drawings and manuscripts from the Hardwicke Bequest in the British Library
vol. 42 (2): 236-244
Michael Clegg (1933–1995): from naturalist to environmental correspondent in the multi-media age
vol. 42 (2): 245-252
Antoine Joseph Lottinger's first book on the common cuckoo and its fosterers: a rare book with three different title-pages
vol. 42 (2): 253-264
Edward Blyth, John M'Clelland, the curatorship of the Asiatic Society's collections and the origins of the Calcutta journal of natural history
vol. 42 (2): 265-278
The lives of three rhinoceroses exhibited in London 1790–1814
vol. 42 (2): 279-300
Two states of fascicle 1 of Mueller's Fragmenta phytographiae australiae
vol. 42 (2): 301-307
The role of Franz Herbich (1791–1865) in the organization of research on the natural history of Galicia (Austro-Hungarian Empire)
vol. 42 (2): 308-313
Five unpublished manuscripts of Johann Reinhold Forster (1729–1798) in the archives of the Linnean Society of London
vol. 42 (2): 314-330
William Percival Westell (1874–1943): a prolific popularizer of British natural history
vol. 42 (2): 331-343
Gilbert Dempster Fisher (1906–1985): the BBC's “Hut Man”, Scottish naturalist, children's author and radio broadcaster
vol. 42 (2): 344-354
“Flower of Aristolochia gigas var. sturtevantii used as a hat by a native of British Guiana” – a photograph from Everard im Thurn at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
vol. 42 (2): 355-356
Flora Lituanica inchoata (1781–1782) by J. E. Gilibert: a preliminary census of copies in Polish libraries
vol. 42 (2): 356-357
Nineteenth-century records of Sowerby's beaked whale (Mesoplodon bidens): addendum, Danish records
vol. 42 (2): 357-358
The illustrations in A. R. Wallace's Malay archipelago (1869) and in a much-enhanced French translation in Le tour du monde (1870–1873)
vol. 42 (2): 358-362
Corrigendum to J. J. F. J. Jansen and S. D. van der Mije, Review of the mounted skins and skulls of the extinct Falkland Islands wolf, Dusicyon australis, held in museum collections. Archives of natural history 42 (1): 91–100.
vol. 42 (2): 362-362
KING-HELE, Desmond. Erasmus Darwin and evolution. Stuart Harris: Sheffield, 2014. Pp vii, 212; illustrated. Price £ 8.00 (hardback). ISBN 97809542145187.
vol. 42 (2): 363-364
BENTON, Ted. Alfred Russel Wallace: explorer, evolutionist, public intellectual – a thinker for our own times? Siri Scientific Press, Manchester: 2013. Pp 223; illustrated. Price £ 21.00 (paperback). ISBN 9780957453029.
vol. 42 (2): 364-365