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Mark Catesby, Cromwell Mortimer and Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society (1730–1748): Summarizing Catesby's The natural history of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama islands (2023)


An autograph manuscript written after late October 1747 by Mark Catesby, now in the collections of the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, USA, reveals that he was the author of a summary of the final (eleventh) part of his own book, The natural history of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama islands (1729–1747). The summary was read to the Royal Society by Cromwell Mortimer in February 1748 and was then published under Mortimer's name in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. Mortimer only lightly edited Catesby's manuscript and added an encomium. In his summary, Catesby took the opportunity, several months after the publication of the final part (“Appendix”) of his two-volume book, to enlarge on a few details.

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Authors & Contributors
McBurney, Henrietta
Overstreet, Leslie K.
Simpson, Marcus B., Jr.
Bauer, Aaron M.
Gaskell, Roger
Harris, Stephen A.
Archives of Natural History
Cambridge University Press
Catesby Commemorative Trust Inc.
Natural history
Travel; exploration
Great Britain, colonies
Painters and painting
Catesby, Mark
Linnaeus, Carolus
Bartram, John
Brickell, John
Lawson, John
Petiver, James
Time Periods
18th century
17th century
North Carolina (U.S.)
South Carolina (U.S.)
Florida (U.S.)
Virginia (U.S.)
North America
London (England)

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