Sir William Jardine (1800-1874) was a key figure in the history of Victorian-era science. He owned the finest private natural history museum and library in Britain and made natural history widely available by issuing The Naturalists' Library, forty small, affordable volumes on birds, mammals, fish, and insects. Yet, until now, no comprehensive biography of him existed.
This book explores the history of this singular man, his impact on the study of natural history, and its popularization through his publishing efforts.
Cave adsum; look to your beams; I cannot do without any ornithological work; few men could cast a more alluring fly; great works of creation; in a most comfortable carriage; I am busy breaking stones; I mean again to take up entomology; a mania for humming birds; a visionary dream; the finest collection of birds in Britain.