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"The Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands, Vol. II" by Mark Catesby Mark Catesby (1682/83-1749) arrived in Charleston from England in May of 1722 and found “a country inferior to none in fertility and abounding in variety of the blessings of nature, yet its production being very little known, except what barely related to commerce.” His beautifully illustrated two-volume work was first printed in 1731 and 1743.
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Catesby’s masterwork profiles include 220 plates that depict not only animal and insect life of the early Carolinas, but also indigenous plants and flora. Catesby’s discoveries and portrayals brought obscure ornamental shrubs and trees such as the water oak, the dahoon lily, and the catalpa, to the attention of colonial gardeners.