Only meer Love to Learning: a rediscovered travel diary of naturalist and collector James Petiver (c.1665-1718)

Roos, Anna Marie (2017) Only meer Love to Learning: a rediscovered travel diary of naturalist and collector James Petiver (c.1665-1718). Journal of the History of Collections, 29 (3). pp. 381-394. ISSN 0954-6650

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This paper analyses a rediscovered diary by James Petiver, recording a journey he made in 1691. During his two-month trip, Petiver left his home in Kendal, travelled to Yorkshire, and subsequently visited Oxford, Essex, and London to botanize and to view scientific collections. Petiver’s diary represents a nascent early modern form of scientific peregrination – ‘science on the move’ – that was prevalent in England from 1650 to 1750. Not yet formal fieldwork, not as sybaritic as the experience of the Grand Tour, scientific peregrination was a means of developing empirical expertise of naturalia, both artificial and in the field. My analysis of Petiver’s diary represents a form of humanistic fieldwork, giving insights into the natural history specimens, mode of travel, noted antiquities, and other evidence that allow us to reconstruct the mental world of the early modern virtuoso and scientific collector. The paper includes an online annotated edition of the diary.

Keywords:James Petiver, Natural History, Scientific Diaries, bmjconvert, bmjdoi
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V380 History of Science
Divisions:College of Arts > School of History & Heritage > School of History & Heritage (Heritage)
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ID Code:25222
Deposited On:21 Nov 2016 17:18

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