Natural Histories: Extraordinary
Rare Book Selections from the American Museum of Natural History Library
Observatory (543 Union St., Brooklyn)
Most people are well acquainted with the front-stage wonders of New York’s American Museum of Natural History–the world class habitat group dioramas, the highly stylized hall of biodiversity, the epic dinosaur skeletons; what is less well known is the equally astounding back-stage collection, which includes an world-renowned collection of exquisite, rare, and beautifully illustrated books on the natural sciences held by museum’s research library. The new book Natural Histories: Extraordinary Rare Book Selections from the American Museum of Natural History Library , edited by AMNH’s Tom Baione, brings these hidden works to the fore, showcasing forty extraordinary works created between the 16th and 20th centuries, covering all seven continents, and spanning such diverse scientific fields as anthropology, astronomy, earth science, paleontology, and zoology. The book also features essays about each work by Museum curators, scientists, and librarians, as well as forty extraordinary, suitable-for-framing art prints of images from the book.
In tonight’s highly illustrated lecture, join American Museum of Natural History’s Boeschenstein Director of Library Services and volume editor Tom Baione for a look inside the Natural Histories… and a virtual trip behind the scenes of the Library’s Rare Book Room. Attendees will also have the opportunity to purchase–and have signed!–their own copy of this gorgeous new volume.