By John James Audubon. This work is an 1840 edition in seven volumes of Audubon’s work describing and illustrating birds in North America. It includes full color illustrations. The college owns two complete editions and a folio reissue with larger illustrations.
By John Coakley, who was an English doctor and entomologist. This work is a catalog of techniques for taking and preserving samples while traveling abroad. It also contains some speculations on natural history.
By Charles Christopher Reiche. The first part of this book covers weather phenomena and topics related to farming, while the second discusses the life-cycles of various animals. The last two discourses concern different forms and causes of atheism.
By William Howitt, who was an English Quaker and author. This work is divided into twelve chapters that each focus on a particular month and the changes seen in nature (habits of animals, types of vegetation, observations on the weather, etc.) during that month.
By Priscilla Wakefield, who was an English Quaker who wrote numerous books for children and on women’s rights. This work is a series of letters for children on general botanical topics (parts of the flower, etc.) and also a discussion of the various classes of plants.
By Philip Henry Gosse, who was an English naturalist most famous for his omphalos hypothesis, which tried to reconcile modern geology and Biblical creation. This work contains his observations on the flora and fauna of Jamaica made during his 1844 voyage there. Gosse was a draftsman and this work includes a number of his illustrations.
Collection consists almost entirely of autograph letters, signed, mostly addressed to Reuben Haines, 1793-1834, about one third addressed to him personally, the other two thirds addressed to him as Corresponding Secretary of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia. The writers of the latter were prominent scientists, scholars, and statesmen from all over the world.