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The Resource Sociable knowledge : natural history and the nation in early modern Britain, Elizabeth Yale

Sociable knowledge : natural history and the nation in early modern Britain, Elizabeth Yale

Label
Sociable knowledge : natural history and the nation in early modern Britain
Title
Sociable knowledge
Title remainder
natural history and the nation in early modern Britain
Statement of responsibility
Elizabeth Yale
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Working with the technologies of pen and paper, scissors and glue, naturalists in early modern England, Scotland, and Wales wrote, revised, and recombined their words, sometimes over a period of many years, before fixing them in printed form. They built up their stocks of papers by sharing these materials through postal and less formal carrier services. They exchanged letters, loose notes, drawings and plans, commonplace books, as well as lengthy treatises, ever-expanding repositories for new knowledge about nature and history as it accumulated through reading, observation, correspondence, and conversation. These textual collections grew alongside cabinets of natural specimens, antiquarian objects, and other curiosities--insects pinned in boxes, leaves and flowers pressed in books, rocks and fossils, ancient coins and amulets, and drafts of stone monuments and inscriptions. The goal of all this collecting and sharing, Elizabeth Yale claims, was to create channels through which naturalists and antiquaries could pool their fragmented knowledge of the hyper-local and curious into an understanding and representation of Britain as a unified historical and geographical space. Sociable Knowledge pays careful attention to the concrete and the particular: the manuscript almost lost off the back of the mail carrier's cart, the proper ways to package live plants for transport, the kin relationships through which research questionnaires were distributed. The book shows how naturalists used print instruments to garner financing and content from correspondents and how they relied upon research travel--going out into the field--to make and refresh social connections. By moving beyond an easy distinction between print and scribal cultures, Yale reconstructs not just the collaborations of seventeenth-century practitioners who were dispersed across city and country, but also the ways in which the totality of their exchange practices structured early modern scientific knowledge
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Cataloging source
P@U
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Yale, Elizabeth
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Language note
In English
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Material texts
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Natural history literature
  • Natural history
  • Topographical surveying
  • Topographical surveying
  • Naturalists
  • Communication in learning and scholarship
  • Natural history correspondence
  • Natural history
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • Topographical surveying
  • Naturalists
  • Natural history literature
  • Natural history
  • Communication in learning and scholarship
  • Natural history
  • Natural history correspondence
  • Great Britain
  • Verenigd Koninkrijk van Groot-Brittannië en Noord-Ierland
Label
Sociable knowledge : natural history and the nation in early modern Britain, Elizabeth Yale
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Based on the author's 2008 dissertation titled Manuscript technologies : correspondence, collaboration, and the construction of natural knowledge in early modern Britain
Antecedent source
not applicable
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 305-330) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction. "A whole and perfect bodie and book" : constructing the human and natural history of Britain -- 1. "This book doth not shew you a telescope, but a mirror" : the topographical Britain in print -- 2. Putting texts, things, and people in motion : learned correspondence in action -- 3. Natural history "hardly can bee done by letters" : conversation, writing, and the making of natural knowledge -- 4. John Aubrey's Naturall historie of Wiltshire : a case study in scribal collaboration -- 5. Publics of letters : printing for (and through) correspondence -- 6. "The manuscripts flew about like butterflies" : self-archiving and the pressures of history -- Conclusion. Paper Britannias
Control code
ocn933515923
Extent
1 online resource (1 PDF (viii, 346 pages))
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780812292251
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
  • YBP12751773
  • 10.9783/9780812292251
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 879092
  • 22573/ctt193f6w3
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
not applicable
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)933515923
Label
Sociable knowledge : natural history and the nation in early modern Britain, Elizabeth Yale
Publication
Note
Based on the author's 2008 dissertation titled Manuscript technologies : correspondence, collaboration, and the construction of natural knowledge in early modern Britain
Antecedent source
not applicable
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 305-330) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction. "A whole and perfect bodie and book" : constructing the human and natural history of Britain -- 1. "This book doth not shew you a telescope, but a mirror" : the topographical Britain in print -- 2. Putting texts, things, and people in motion : learned correspondence in action -- 3. Natural history "hardly can bee done by letters" : conversation, writing, and the making of natural knowledge -- 4. John Aubrey's Naturall historie of Wiltshire : a case study in scribal collaboration -- 5. Publics of letters : printing for (and through) correspondence -- 6. "The manuscripts flew about like butterflies" : self-archiving and the pressures of history -- Conclusion. Paper Britannias
Control code
ocn933515923
Extent
1 online resource (1 PDF (viii, 346 pages))
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780812292251
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
  • YBP12751773
  • 10.9783/9780812292251
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 879092
  • 22573/ctt193f6w3
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
not applicable
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)933515923

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