Popular Natural History by Rev. J. G. Wood
“I have been reading an old book.”Coon, Burton. Trail’s End Farm Notes. p. 354.
My first observation was that Charles Hesselgrave of Ogdensburg, NY. stamped his name and address five times in the first three pages of Popular Natural History dated 1885. As I continued to read, I found many more such stamps. Who was Charles Hesselgrave? A quick search reveals that a man of this name and location attended Ogdensburg Free Academy, graduated from Middlebury College in Vermont and was the first college graduate in his family. Charles married Susie Frances Wilder, another Middlebury graduate.
Although I am fascinated with a total of five hundred vintage illustrations, I am including only a few from the chapter entitled “Mammalia”. After scanning the images and reading the vivid descriptions, I find myself desiring yet another visit to the Bronx Zoo.
Shall we dub him “Farmer With a Hoe”?
Group of Spider Monkeys– This sketch captures the liveliness and various facial gestures-
The Lion– This stately lion possesses the ruler’s demeanor with the crossed paws of a gentle house cat.
After reading parts of the chapter entitled “Mammalia”, I recall the prose and vintage images included in the Thornton Burgess books. Although fictional, Burgess inspired my love of the animal kingdom and the natural world.
What are your childhood memories of animals or nature?