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Complementing Ann Parker’s extraordinary photograms, The Naturalist’s Eye: Four Centuries of Botanical Illustration presents a selection of herbals, travel accounts, and scientific botany books from the University Libraries’ Archives & Special Collections in the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center. The botanical illustrations found in these volumes are intended to provide precise details of a plant so that it can be recognized and distinguished from other species. Although some botanical illustrations approach the level of fine art, their primary purpose is scientific rather than aesthetic. Modern technology has moved us beyond the limited edition woodcuts and engravings of earlier centuries to beautifully illustrated volumes available to most nature enthusiasts.

Babbidge Library,Gallery on the Plaza
Curator: Rutherford W.Witthus

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