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By the mid-eighteenth century, the need to protect zoological and botanical collections from attacks of insects became pressing for the community of naturalists. Living ornamental and economically important plants and their seeds also needed to be protected from insects when transported by sail....
Thomas Hardwicke's acquisition of drawings of the lesser bird of paradise (Paradisaea minor) and the subsequent publication of his painting of the male bird performing its elaborate courtship ritual in J. E. Gray's Illustrations of Indian zoology are described.
John James Audubon's five-volume Ornithological biography (1831–1839), published as the textual companion to The birds of America (1827–1838), remains a rich source of information about North America's avifauna. Issued separately from the prints for both practical and economic reasons, this...
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