The Resource Nature in draft : images and overseas natural history in the work of Charles Plumier (1646-1704), José Beltrán

Nature in draft : images and overseas natural history in the work of Charles Plumier (1646-1704), José Beltrán

Label
Nature in draft : images and overseas natural history in the work of Charles Plumier (1646-1704)
Title
Nature in draft
Title remainder
images and overseas natural history in the work of Charles Plumier (1646-1704)
Statement of responsibility
José Beltrán
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Upon his death in 1704, the Minim friar, botanist to Louis XIV, and intrepid traveler Charles Plumier (1646-1704) left in his Parisian convent a mass of drawings on the flora and fauna of the West Indies. The industrious Plumier was a naturalist with inky fingers: his firsthand observations on the Caribbean islands translated into thousands of paper materials extremely heterogeneous in form and content. They encompass exquisite ink-and-watercolor pictures and rapidly executed sketches, rough notes and elaborate written descriptions, detailed measurements and interminable lists. For all their diversity, Plumier’s papers bear the common desire to depict, describe, and inventory flowery and non-flowery plants, seeds and leaves, fishes and shells, reptiles and birds - in one word, to capture a faraway nature on paper. "Nature in Draft" mines this exciting and virtually untapped 8,000-page archive, and traces its history from the field, through the often tortuous paths that brought part of it into print, down to its eighteenth- and nineteenth-century afterlives. By paying particular attention to the materiality of Plumier’s corpus and the practices by which it was crafted and subsequently put to use, my aim is to relocate the much-debated notion of "scientific image" within a broader perspective on the working methods and intellectual technologies that underpinned the production and transmission of natural knowledge in France around 1700. Each of the six chapters foregrounds a different aspect of Plumier’s papers. The first two chapters consider the intellectual and political dimensions of the corpus; the third and fourth move towards an in-depth analysis of the archive as a tool for the recording, storing, and management of natural historical information; the last part of the dissertation deals with the transmission and reception of the collection, both in print and through the appropriations and relocations of which it was the object long after the death of the author
Cataloging source
FIE
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Beltrán, José
Date time place
Defence date: 2 May 2017
Dissertation note
Thesis (Ph. D.)--European University Institute (HEC), 2017.
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
theses
Series statement
  • EUI PhD theses.
  • EUI theses
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Plumier, Charles
  • Natural history illustration
  • Botanical illustration
  • Natural history
  • Botany
Label
Nature in draft : images and overseas natural history in the work of Charles Plumier (1646-1704), José Beltrán
Link
http://hdl.handle.net/1814/46246
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Examining Board: Professor Ann Blair, Harvard University; Professor Jorge Flores, EUI (supervisor); Professor Juan Pimentel, CSIC (external advisor); Professor Stéphane Van Damme, EUI (second reader)
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 433-475)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
30 cm.
Extent
xxi, 475 pages
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1088486101
Label
Nature in draft : images and overseas natural history in the work of Charles Plumier (1646-1704), José Beltrán
Link
http://hdl.handle.net/1814/46246
Publication
Note
Examining Board: Professor Ann Blair, Harvard University; Professor Jorge Flores, EUI (supervisor); Professor Juan Pimentel, CSIC (external advisor); Professor Stéphane Van Damme, EUI (second reader)
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 433-475)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
30 cm.
Extent
xxi, 475 pages
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1088486101

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