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Natural History and the Victorian Tourist: From Landscapes to Rock-Pools

Edited by Aileen Fyfe

in Geographies of Nineteenth-Century Science

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780226487267
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226487298 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226487298.003.0015
Natural History and the Victorian Tourist: From Landscapes to Rock-Pools

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This chapter examines the scientific values of tourism guidebooks and handbooks in Victorian England. It shows the connection among locality, textuality and visualization in popular encounters with science during this period. This chapter highlights the role of artistic illustration, photographic reproduction, and viewer discipline in the development of nineteenth-century scientific culture and explains how guidebooks present the scientific merits of regions or places through a carefully ordered textual sequence of geology, natural history, antiquities, notable features and the like.

Keywords: tourism guidebooks; handbooks; Victorian England; science; artistic illustration; photographic reproduction; scientific culture; geology; natural history; antiquities

Chapter.  11717 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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