Between 1866 and 1889 the German engineer Otto Lilienthal conducted a series of trials with gliders to show the superior lifting power of curved wings. Following the example of Hargrave, in September 1874 Lilienthal 69 built a curved kite which imitated the wings of gliding seabirds. He
Interposed between the natural world in all its diversity and the edited form in which we encounter it in literature, imagery and the museum, lie the multiple practices of the naturalists in selecting, recording and preserving the specimens from which our world view is to be reconstituted. The factors that weigh at every stage are here dissected, analysed and set within a historical narrative that spans more than five centuries. During that era, every aspect evolved and changed, as engagement with nature moved from a speculative pursuit heavily influenced by classical scholarship to a systematic science, drawing on advanced theory and technology. Far from being neutrally objective, the process of representing nature is shown as fraught with constraint and compromise.
With a Foreword by Sir David Attenborough
Contributors are: Marie Addyman, Peter Barnard, Paul D. Brinkman, Ian Convery, Peter Davis, Felix Driver, Florike Egmond, Annemarie Jordan Gschwend, Geoff Hancock, Stephen Harris, Hanna Hodacs, Stuart Houston, Dominik Huenniger, Rob Huxley, Charlie Jarvis, Malgosia Nowak-Kemp, Shepard Krech III, Mark Lawley, Arthur Lucas, Marco Masseti, Geoff Moore, Pat Morris, Charles Nelson, Robert Peck, Helen Scales, Han F. Vermeulen, and Glyn Williams.
of a little Chinese seabird; What about the cat?; The dreams that failed; The heart’s desire; Misunderstood; A Chinese boy-girl; Pat and Pan. Part 2: Other Writings: from the Montreal Daily Witness, 1890 and 1894: The land of the free; The Ching Song episode; A Chinese party; Girl slave in Montreal