Simon Knell. The Culture of English Geology, 1815-51: A science revealed through its collecting. 2000. Ashgate Publishing, Aldershot, 377 +xxipp.

This is a welcome contribution both to the history of geology and paleontology and to museum studies. Simon Knell's territory is broadly staked; he explores some regions that have long been neglected, and takes some little-used roads on the way. The result is a fine map of the territory of emerging geology and paleontology in the early 1800s in England, and its utility is historical and institutional as well as geographic and geological.

Although Knell's is not the first study...

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