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 41 (2)

Natural history in newspapers: Dugald Semple (1884–1964), Ayrshire naturalist and nature journalist
vol. 41 (2): 1-14
Doryanthes excelsa and Rafflesia arnoldii: two “swagger prints” by Edward Smith Weddell (1796–1858), and the work of the Weddell family of engravers (1814–1852)
vol. 41 (2): 189-208
Dorothea Eliza Smith, artist of “The Fruits of the Lima market”
vol. 41 (2): 223-229
Maidstone's woodpecker – an unexpected bird specimen in the herbarium of Sir Hans Sloane
vol. 41 (2): 230-239
Axel Elof Jäderholm (1868–1927) of Sweden: educator, hydrozoan zoologist and botanist
vol. 41 (2): 240-250
Juan Cristóbal Gundlach's contributions to the knowledge of Puerto Rican birds and his influence on the development of natural history in Puerto Rico
vol. 41 (2): 251-269
Squirrels from the Mariana Islands (south-western Pacific) in the Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Leiden, with notes on the mammalian fauna of this Micronesian archipelago
vol. 41 (2): 270-279
“A Dissertation on Swallows” with comments on their migration by the eighteenth-century Maryland naturalist, Henry Callister
vol. 41 (2): 280-293
The difficult provenance of Ferdinand von Mueller's zoological specimens
vol. 41 (2): 294-308
An anonymous account of Mary Anning (1799–1847), fossil collector of Lyme Regis, England, published in Chambers's journal in 1857, and its attribution to Frank Buckland (1826–1880), George Roberts (c.1804–1860) and William Buckland (1784–1856)
vol. 41 (2): 309-325
Clemente Onelli's sketch map and his first-hand, retrospective account of an early fossil-hunting expedition along the Río Santa Cruz, southern Patagonia, 1888–1889
vol. 41 (2): 326-337
A review of nineteenth-century records of Sowerby's beaked whale (Mesoplodon bidens)
vol. 41 (2): 338-356
The birth, death and resurrection of the “geneticologists”
vol. 41 (2): 357-359
Archibald Menzies's visit to Isla del Coco, January 1795: addendum, Callicosta rugifolia (Müll. Hal.) Crosby
vol. 41 (2): 359-360
Two early nineteenth-century uses of the term “evolution” to denote biological speciation
vol. 41 (2): 360-362
The dates of the parts of Mark Catesby's The natural history of Carolina … (London, 1731–1743 [1729–1747])
vol. 41 (2): 362-364
COCKER, Mark and TIPLING, David. Birds and people. Jonathan Cape, London: 2013. Pp 592; illustrated. Price £ 40.00 (hardback). ISBN 9780224081740.
vol. 41 (2): 365-365
DAWES, Peter R. The Koch family papers. Part 1. New insight into the life, work and aspirations of Greenland geo-explorer Lauge Koch (1892–1964). Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, Copenhagen: 2012. Pp 220; illustrated. Price DKK 150.00 (paperbac
vol. 41 (2): 366-366
LIGHTNER, James (editor). Parry's California notebooks, 1849–51 with letters to John Torrey. Charles Christopher Parry (1823–1890). San Diego Flora, San Diego, California: 2014. Pp vi, 170; illustrated. Price: US$ 24.95 (hardback). ISBN 9780974998169.; L
vol. 41 (2): 367-367
GLAUBRECHT, Matthias. Am Ende des Archipels: Alfred Russel Wallace. Galiani, Berlin: 2013. Pp 442; illustrated. Price € 24.99 (hardback). ISBN 9783869710709.
vol. 41 (2): 367-368