Gosse book of Alabama insects is Auburn Libraries’ three millionth book and subject of lecture

AUBURN – The Auburn University Libraries will host a talk by professors Gary Mullen and Taylor Littleton about their newly published book, “Philip Henry Gosse: Science and Art in Letters from Alabama and Entomologia Alabamensis,” on Friday, Nov. 5, at 5 p.m. in the Special Collections and Archives section of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library. The work serves as the Auburn University Libraries’ ceremonial three-millionth volume.

In 1838, Gosse, a British naturalist, visited Alabama for eight months. In 1859, he published “Letters from Alabama,” providing an account of his observations about the state. The letters were originally serialized in a magazine. “Entomologia Alabamensis,” previously unpublished, contains scientifically precise, miniature watercolors of insects that Gosse observed during his stay in Alabama.

Bonnie MacEwan, dean of Auburn University Libraries, said, “I’m delighted that Auburn University Libraries played a major role in making the Gosse watercolors of Alabama insects available for the first time in a published format. We’re extremely pleased with our three millionth volume. In addition to the book’s availability through the Jule Collins Smith Museum giftshop, we also have a collection of these lovely works of art and science on our digital library website.”

The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art collaborated with the Auburn University Libraries, as well as with Professors Littleton and Mullen, to produce this volume, published by the University of Alabama Press.

To visit the Philip Henry Gosse digital library collection, go to www.diglib.auburn.edu. For further information on the special lecture, contact Dwayne Cox, head of Special Collections and Archives at (334) 844-1707 or coxdway@auburn.edu.

(Submitted by Jayson Hill.)

Jayson Hill, (334) 844-7439 (wjh0008@auburn.edu), or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)