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. Bulletin 39 of the Smithsonian Institution: Directions for Collecting and Preserving … Continue reading
I’ve added some links to downloads of classic books on Lepidoptera to the downloads page: The Butterfly Book: A Popular Guide to a Knowledge of the Butterflies of North America by W. J. Holland, 1898 The Moth Book: A Popular Guide to a Knowledge of the Moths of North America by W. J. Holland, 1903 Obviously these books are long out of copyright, but still contain a wealth of useful information.