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Deep Things out of DarknessA History of Natural History$
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John G. T. Anderson

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780520273764

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520273764.001.0001

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. New Worlds

. New Worlds

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Deep Things out of Darkness

John G. T. Anderson

University of California Press

In which the European discovery of the Americas impacts the study of natural history by revealing a vast array of species and landscapes unknown to the ancients. Back in Europe, herbals, such as those of John Gerarde and John Maplet, mixed fact and legend in delightful proportions. As the Americas began to be explored and settled, naturalists such as Hernandez, Josselyn, and Morton sent home accounts and specimens that again ranged from the factual to the fanciful, and that required new systems of cataloging that went beyond those of Aristotle and Pliny.

Keywords:   Gerarde, Maplet, Josselyn, herbals, elephants and dragons, A Greene Forest, griffons, Hernandez

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