Charles Waterton

Charles Waterton

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Charles Waterton (1782-1865), a true English eccentric, was made famous in his own lifetime by publication of his wide-ranging travels and natural history observations. Waterton wrote three volumes of Essays on Natural History and the best-selling Wanderings in South America, which has never been out of print since its first publication in 1825. Unlike previous biographies, this book is an unabashed celebration of his eccentricity, a fond salute to a fine old English gentleman. The life of Charles Waterton should encourage the preservation of what remains of his kind of world, and remind us of what the world has lost to insensitivity and greed.Charles Waterton retired to his cabin and wrote an essay on preserving birds for cabinets of natural history, eventually ... of corrosive sublimate at about 1804 or 1805, but the oldest dated specimen in his collection -a scarlet ibis -is labelledanbsp;...

Title:Charles Waterton
Author: Brian W. Edginton
Publisher:James Clarke & Co. - 1996

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