- 1 June 2023
Henrietta McBurney’s Illuminating Natural History: The Art and Science of Mark Catesby, published by the Paul Mellon Centre in 2022, has recently been named the winner of the Society for the History of Natural History Book Prize.
Announcing the prize, the awarding panel said: "all the judges agreed that the book was outstanding, noting that it was superbly illustrated, meticulously researched and an absolutely riveting read. McBurney manages to bring Catesby to life and places him within the network of seventeenth-century naturalists, as well as within his own world of colonial America."
Illuminating Natural History: The Art and Science of Mark Catesby explores the life and work of the celebrated eighteenth-century English naturalist, explorer, artist and author Mark Catesby (1683–1749).