detail from  Aguilón, Opticorum libri sex (1613), gift of Daniel and Eleanor Albert, Special Collections, Memorial Library, University of Wisconsin-MadisonDetail of "The Blew-bird [sic]," from Mark Catesby, The natural history of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands (1754), Thordarson Collection, Special Collections, Memorial Library, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Books of Nature:
An Exhibit of Science and Natural History Books from Special Collections

March 17 – August 1, 2014

Department of Special Collections
976 Memorial Library
728 State Street

A large exhibit on history of science, highlighting the rich holdings of Special Collections, on exhibit through July 2014. From multiple editions of late medieval and Renaissance textbooks of cosmology to multiple editions of the so-called Treasure of Euonymus “conteyninge the wonderfull hid secrets of nature,” and from 19th-century nature-printed titles on seaweed to one volume of the magnificent Audubon double elephant folio Birds of America, this exhibit points to lessons that can be learned from multiple "books of nature." Its contents draw upon collections for history of science in Special Collections, and demonstrate the breadth and depth of those holdings.

The exhibit was installed in conjunction with a lively symposium on “Bibliography, Collections, and the History of Science” co-sponsored by the Caxton Club of Chicago and the Bibliographical Society of America.