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American curiosity : cultures of natural history in the colonial British Atlantic world

Author: Susan Scott Parrish; Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture.
Publisher: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Examines how various people in the British colonies understood and represented the natural world around them from the late sixteenth century through the eighteenth. The author uncovers early descriptions of American natural phenomena as well as clues to how people in the colonies construed their own identities through the natural world.
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Susan Scott Parrish; Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture.
ISBN: 9780807830093 0807830097 9780807856789 0807856789
OCLC Number: 61362668
Notes: "Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia."
Description: xvi, 321 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: The British metropolis and its "America," 1584-1763. A strange overplus ; Nature's admirable regularity ; London's curious --
English bodies in America. The English humoral body ; Contagious climates ; The English body saved ; Uncouth symptoms --
Atlantic correspondence networks and the curious male colonial. Mutual commerce ; Not one rational eye ; The empirical advantage ; Becoming an F.R.S. ; Us Americans --
The nature of candid friendship. Familiar letters ; The honest friend versus the fop ; Curious love ; Gifts --
Lavinia's nature. Fatal curiosity ; A peculiar grace in the fair sex ; Specimens by every shipping ; Finding signs of the pastoral --
Indian sagacity. The most secret things of nature ; Dear and deadly grapes ; Contested mediation ; No people have better eyes ; A wonderful antidote --
African magi, slave poisoners. Topographies of slave knowledge ; Cunning ; Hiding places ; Collectors ; Poisoners ; Healers ; Obscene birds ; Forest trial, forest refuge.
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"This groundbreaking book finally puts natural history where it belongs - at the center of eighteenth-century American cultural history." - Pauline Maier, Massachusetts Institute of Technology"

 
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