Thursday 16 July 2020

Remembering botanist and apothecary James Petiver (c1663 - 1718)

Royal Society Publishing has published a special issue of Notes and Records, their Journal of the History of Science, called  Remembering James Petiver.

Petiver was a C17th botanist and apothecary who corresponded with John Ray and Carl Linnaeus

The special issue marks the 300th anniversary of Petiver's death and provides the most comprehensive academic account of Petiver's career yet published, combining his known biography with new research; it accounts for Petiver's formation as urban apothecary and botanist, his emergence as public natural historian in the mid 1690s, and his subsequent career as natural history collector and author.

Petiver's botanical and entomological collections - photo above right of one of Petiver's specimens -  were bought by Hans Sloane and his herbarium specimens are now part of the collection held at the Natural History Museum,London

The special issue is organised and edited by Richard Coulton and Charles E Jarvis. It is  currently free to access here: and there is also a blog post here: 

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