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The first prospectus of the Zoological Society of London: new light on the Society's origins

J. Soc. Biblphy nat. Hist. (1970) 5 (5): 369-388. first prospectus of Zoological of London : new light on Society's By JOHN BASTIN Society origins School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, London, W.C.I. re is so much confusion about origins of Zoological Society of London that attempt correct prevailing misconceptions is no easy task. source of most of errors can be traced Henry Scherren's "A short hisry of Zoological Society of London", published in 1901,1 and his larger work, Zoological Society of London, which was published four years later.2 Scherren's lack of diligence in searching early records of Society was critically commented on by P. Chalmers Mitchell in his Centenary hisry of Zoological Society of London (London, 1929),3 but same charge can be levelled with equal justice against his own work which compounds many of grosser errors of his predecessor. Unfortunately, o, C. E. Wurtzburg has added his share confusion in his account of founding of Society in Raffles of Eastern Isles (London, 1954).4 It is not proposed here discuss in detail vexed question of relationship between Zoological Club of Linnean Society of London, formed in November 1822,5 and Zoological Society which was founded three http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Archives of Natural History Edinburgh University Press

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