Announcing the 2023 SHNH Natural History Book Prize shortlist (Thackray Medal)
We are delighted to announce the shortlist nominations for the SHNH Natural History Book Prize (John Thackray Medal), awarded for the best book published on the history or bibliography of natural history in the preceding two years.
We send our warmest congratulations to the authors and their publishers Helen Cowie (Cambridge University Press), Henrietta McBurney (Paul Mellon Centre) and Nicholas Menzies (University of Washington Press).
Cambridge University Press, 2021
In this innovative study, Helen Cowie examines the role of these animal-based commodities in Britain in the long nineteenth century and traces their rise and fall in popularity in response to changing tastes, availability, and ethical concerns.
Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, 2021
Explores the life and art of the celebrated 18th-century naturalist explorer, artist and author Mark Catesby (1683–1749) and his pioneering work depicting the flora and fauna of North America, in vibrant detail.
Nicholas K. Menzies, Ordering the Myriad Things: From Traditional Knowledge to Scientific Botany in China
University of Washington Press, 2021
Relates how traditional knowledge of plants in China gave way to scientific botany between the mid-nineteenth and mid-twentieth centuries, when plants came to be understood in a hierarchy of taxonomic relationships to other plants and within a broader ecological context.
Read more on the SHNH Natural History Book Prize and on the 2022 winner Dr Jordan Goodman for his wonderful publication
Harper Collins, 2021, ISBN 978-0-00-757883-2.