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Mark Catesby (24 March 1682/83 - 23 December 1749) was an English naturalist. Between 1729 and 1747 Catesby published his book Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands. The book was the first publication to describe flora and fauna of North America. The book described 220 birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, insects, mammals and plants.
Gallery of Catesby's images
Lachnolaimus maximus, 1725
Anguinis viridis, 1743
Lophodytes cucullatus, 1748
Ventro Rubro, Melanerpes carolinus, 1749
Turdus minimus (now Catharus minimus) and dahoon holly (Ilex cassine), 1754
Rana Aquatica, The Water-Frog, 1754
Cance Chelis Rubis, The red-claw Crab; Titanokeratophyton &c. , 1754
Coccothraustes rubra (probably Cardinalis cardinalis) and Nux Juglans alba Virginiensis, 1754
Ardea herodias, 1771
- Jackson, Christine E., (1985) Bird Etchings: the illustrators and their books, 1655-1855. Ithaca: Cornell University Press ISBN 0-8014-9684-5
- Walters, Michael (2003) A Concise History of Ornithology. London: Christopher Helm ISBN 1-873403-97-6
- Wiatt, Alex L. (1992) The Descendants of Stephen Field of King and Queen County, Virginia, 1721, Fredericksburg VA: BookCrafters
- Mark Catesby (1731). The Natural History of Carolina, Florida and (v1). Online scanned edition from Rare Book Room.
- Mark Catesby (1743). The Natural History of Carolina, Florida and (v2). Online scanned edition from Rare Book Room.
- Mark Catesby, The Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahamas Electronic edition: high quality images and user-friendly text from the American Studies Programs at the University of Virginia
- View works by Mark Catesby online at the Biodiversity Heritage Library.