In the late eighteenth and early 20th centuries, naturalists were traveling all over the globe collecting exotic specimens for museums around the world. In 1911 the Smithsonian published bulletin 39 outlining the directions for collecting and preserving specimens of all types. Here we find Riley’s famous 1892 work on collecting and preserving insects as well as articles outlining the collection of everything from rocks and minerals to baskets to skeletons and almost anything else imaginable. It really is a fascinating read.
As you are probably aware, I love old science books. I added this one to the collection, and it is my belief that you will enjoy it too.