In Upside Down World: Early European Impressions of Australia's Curious Animals, author Penny Olsen describes how this 'miscellany of the curious' fuelled the rage for Australian natural history amongst the upper classes of Europe, bringing income and, occasionally, fame to its collectors and documenters. In the colony itself, however, it contributed to wholesale destruction of animals and their habitats and, in some cases, led to their extinction. Upside Down World is lavishly illustrated with early European images, most held in the National Library of Australia collection and some of which have never before been reproduced. Scattered throughout are fascinating and colourful descriptions of species from collectors' and naturalists' journals, showing us how the scientific knowledge of Australian fauna evolved.
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Book Description National Library of Australia, Canberra, 2010. Softcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Size: 10"-12" Tall. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Animals & Birds; Nature; ISBN: 0642277060. ISBN/EAN: 9780642277060. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 35539. Bookseller Inventory # 35539
Book Description Canberra: National Library of Australia, 2010., 2010. Quarto, paperback,258 pp.,colour illustrations. Late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Eurocentric perceptions of natural history led to the flora and fauna of the new colony of New South Wales being viewed as deficient and inferior. The swans of the colony were black and eagles white, birds built shell-strewn avenues of sticks to cavort in and parrots walked on the ground. The mammals carried their young in a pouch and there were furred animals that laid eggs. This miscellany of the curious fuelled the rage for Australian natural history amongst the upper classes of Europe, bringing income and, occasionally, fame to its collectors and documenters. On the ground, in the colony, it contributed to great change for the animals and, in some cases, extinction. In this book author Penny Olsen documents how our scientific knowledge evolved, using collectors and naturalists journals to enhance her stories. Bookseller Inventory # 32202