, Volume 27, Issue 2, pp 305–307 | Cite as

A coffee-table book on “the art of science”

Jean Fornasiero, Lindl Lawton and John West-Sooby (eds.): The art of science: Nicolas Baudin’s voyagers 1800–1804. Adelaide: Wakefield Press, 2016, 176pp, $A39.95 PB
  • Julia Böttcher
Book Review

In recent years European voyages of discovery to Oceania have been met with great interest in Australia as the relics of such expeditions are understood as important heritage for the history of the continent. The exhibition “The Art of Science: Baudin’s Voyagers 1800–1804”, which opened in June 2016 and will be shown at various places in Australia until the beginning of 2019, serves this interest in a spectacular way. More than 350 drawings and objects from the French expedition of the Napoleonic era commanded by Nicolas Baudin made their way back to Australia from the Muséum d’histoire naturelle in Le Havre and the Archives Nationales de France in Paris for the first time in 200 years. Among them, the characteristic documents left behind by many scientific expeditions of the eighteenth and early nineteenth century: travel journals, charts, measurements, coastal profiles and hundreds of sketches and scrutinous drawings of the flora, fauna, and the inhabitants of the foreign lands,...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department for the History of ScienceLudwig-Maximilians-Universität MünchenMunichGermany

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