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Englishman Mark Catesby came to America in 1722, on a visit sponsored by London’s Royal Society.
His travels would result in the publication of The Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands. This book, printed in London between 1731 and 1743, was the first published account of the flora and fauna of America.
His prints are often striking and bold, combining botanical images with birds or other animals shown in profile.