9:45 AM, January 21, 2011

Located in the three large glass display cases immediately upon one's left when entering the Special Collections and Archives Department (Ground Floor, Ralph Brown Draughon Library), are exhibits featuring rare illustrations and publications relating to nature in Alabama.

The first display case features vivid illustrations of Alabama insects depicted by British naturalist Philip Henry Gosse (1810-1888) including a copy of his Letters from Alabama published in 1859.

The second display case features several large color plates  birds illustrated by John James Audubon (1785-1851) and includes a copy of the 1859 edition of his The Birds of America.

The third display case features color plates of various botanical illustrations including an 1804 volume of Curtis's Botanical Magazine.

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