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Book Review : The Library at the End of the World: Natural Science and its Illustrators Edited by Anita Hansen and Margaret Davies

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Jarman, PJ 2015 , 'Book Review : The Library at the End of the World: Natural Science and its Illustrators Edited by Anita Hansen and Margaret Davies' , Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania, vol. 149 , pp. 29-32 , doi: 10.26749/rstpp.149.29.

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Abstract

The Royal Society of Tasmania (RST), the oldest scientific society in Australia and New Zealand, was founded in
1843 and quickly established its own library. In 1845 the Lieutenant-Governor of Van Diemen’s Land wrote to the Royal, the Antiquarian and the Linnean societies in London, of which he was a member, seeking books for the RST’s library. By 1849 the collection held 250 volumes. As the Society grew, the library acquired books more purposefully, emphasising Tasmanian natural history but keeping abreast of national and international publications. In its first century the library was the major public source of natural history knowledge in and about this remote intellectual outpost. The Library at the End of the World reviews and illustrates some of the library’s treasures

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Jarman, PJ
Keywords: Book review, The Royal Society of Tasmania, Tasmanian biota, Van Diemen’s Land, Library
Journal or Publication Title: Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
ISSN: 0080-4703
DOI / ID Number: 10.26749/rstpp.149.29
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