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Papers of Robert Jameson

Edinburgh University Library Special Collections Division


Series Summary

Reference Code

GB 0237 Robert Jameson Gen. 127/1



Extent and medium of the unit of description



Name of creator

Jameson | Robert | 1774-1854 | geologist and professor of natural history, University of Edinburgh

Biographical History

Biographical History

Robert Jameson was Professor of Natural History at Edinburgh for fifty years. He looked after the University's Natural History Collection and expanded its holdings immensely, and he explored and published in geology, mineralogy, zoology and botany, particulary in Scotland. He also presided over the Wernerian Natural History Society and edited the Edinburgh Philosophical Journal.

Scope and Content

Scope and Content

Notes consists of loose papers of apparent book manuscript, with extracts of other people's work:

  • The first group mainly concerns birds, beginning with a handwritten general entry from a 'Cyclopedia of Anatomy'. There are notes on ethnology and anthropology, starting with one 'by the late JC Prichard, Esq. M.D.' This is a mixed lot, jottings on The Mongol Race, for example, together with a scrawled note about arachnids and a printed piece in French about the sights of London.
  • A sheaf of unlabelled journal offprints c1836-c1839 in zoology.
  • Anatural taxonomic algorithm by CG Ehrenberg, 1835.
  • Printed plates, 2 of 'Buchanan's skull', published by William Blackwood, 1817, 2 more of orang-utans, and one showing the gross anatomy of the arm.




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