A Naturalist in the Amazon: The Journals & Writings of Henry Walter Bates

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Product Details

Price
$17.95  $16.69
Publisher
Smithsonian Books
Publish Date
Pages
160
Dimensions
6.9 X 9.0 X 0.8 inches | 1.45 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781588346872

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About the Author

Henry Walter Bates (1825-1892) was an English naturalist and explorer whose theory on Batesian mimicry provided powerful early support for Charles Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection. His journals documenting this and other important discoveries are held in the collections of the Natural History Museum, London.

Reviews

NATURE
"The best book of Natural History Travels ever published in England," said Charles Darwin of entomologist Henry Walter Bates's 1863 The Naturalist on the River Amazons, an 11-year journal inspired partly by Darwin's diary of his 1831-36 journey on the HMS Beagle. This enchanting part-facsimile justifies his words. Bates writes grippingly on anacondas, bird-killing spiders and blowpipes. Although little-known now, his name endures in 'Batesian mimicry' a survival strategy based on apeing harmful species, which he observed in butterflies.

THE WELL-READ NATURALIST
Johannes E. Riutta

"This new book presents full-color, life-sized images form the pages of Bates' first and second Amazon journals, combined with selections from his The Naturalist on the River Amazon; A Record of Adventures, Habits of Animals, Sketches of Brazilian and Indian Life, and Aspects of Nature under the Equator, during Eleven Years of Travel. This new Smithsonian volume offers a vivid introduction into Bates' explorations, discoveries, and theories, and - as with similar but in-person natural history exhibitions - it is hoped that it will serve to inspire curiosity in many who read it to learn more about one of the Nineteenth Century's most significant writers in evolutionary biology."