UofSC presents Curious like Catesby – Explorer, Artist, Naturalist

The Mysterious Mark Catebsy comes to life online with UofSC Libraries' virtual event

UofSC Libraries will host a free, online event, Curious like Catesby, Thursday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. to explore the work of 18th century English explorer, artist and naturalist Mark Catesby and The Catesby Centre at UofSC.

Catesby (1683-1749) spent 11 years exploring the American Southeast and Bahamas, making detailed sketches and notes about the wildlife he encountered along the way.

Once he returned home, Catesby published Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands in installments between 1729 and 1747. It was the first published account of the flora and fauna of North America, and included 220 hand-colored plates and detailed descriptions of birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, insects, mammals and plants. His work inspired John James Audubon 100 years later.

UofSC Libraries Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections is home to a first edition set of Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands. It recently launched an in-depth online exhibit showcasing some of the most notable plates and pages from the nearly 300-year-old publication.

Curious like Catesby will include guest speakers David Elliott, director of The Mark Catesby Centre at UofSC, Michael Weisenburg, reference and instruction librarian at the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Rudy Mancke, UofSC Naturalist in Residence, Herrick Brown, curator at the A.C. Moore Herbarium.

Register now to attend this free, online event at: https://bit.ly/uofsccatesbycentre
You will receive an email with a link to join closer to the event date.

Contact Nicole Carrico at 803-446-3952 or carrico@sc.edu for more information.

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