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William Courten (1642–1702) and natural history

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In this paper I will discuss the collecting habits of William Courten, alias Charleton, whose collection was absorbed by Hans Sloane, and thus became part of the foundation collection of the British Museum/British Library/Natural History. Courten’s collection was important for several fellows of the Royal Society, including John Ray, Francis Willughby and Edward Lhuyd, who all acknowledged his generosity. I will be discussing how Courten collected naturalia by examining his ledger from the late 1680s.

This talk is part of the Cabinet of Natural History series.

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