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Jacques Burkhardt and the Thayer Collection Expedition to Brazil

Born around 1808, Jacques Burkhardt was a naturalist, an explorer, and the personal assistant to famed scientist Louis Agassiz. Burkhardt was a well-known scientific artist, and his turtle illustrations are considered some of the most elaborate ever created. These illustrations (and many others) were the product of a fifteen-month collecting expedition to Brazil led by Agassiz, and Burkhardt was...
Classic Illustrated Zoologies and Related Works, 1550-1900

The homepage of this delightful digital caravan features a colorful image of the surmulet fish. It's a nice way to introduce this collection of classic illustrated zoologies. The books here are culled from the New York Public Library's vast holdings and include works from 18th century France, 19th century America, and the magisterial 1837 work The Birds of Europe. These marvelous works are both...
The Nash Collection of Primates in Art and Illustration

Where have all the lemurs gone? Some of them can be found, rendered in rare form, right here within the Nash Collection of Primates in Art and Illustration. Offered as part of the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections, this splendid array of materials represents a collaboration between noted scientific illustrator Stephen Nash and staff at the Lawrence Jacobsen Library at the Wisconsin...