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Margaret Dykens
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Rare Books, San Diego Natural History Museum
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The Research Library rare book collections include many titles on natural history dating from as far back as the 1500s through the 19th Century. Almost all of these books were donated to the library, many of them by Laurence Klauber who generously gave his complete herpetological and natural history library to the Museum in 1968. Other people who have made significant donations of rare books include Joshua Baily, Ruth Ingersoll Baily, Jim Clements, Thomas Frey, U. S. Grant IV, Alice W. Heyneman, Kenneth Hill, H. N. Lowe, Reid Moran, Ellen Browning Scripps, Joseph W. Sefton, and A. W. Vogdes, among many others.

Atlas Geografico de la Republica
Atlas Geografico de la Republica Mexicana, 1919-1924

The oldest book in the rare book collections, Aristotle's De Natura Animalium, was published in 1513. Among other notable volumes are a double elephant folio of Audubon's Birds of America, a 2 volume set of William Curtis' Flora Londinensis, many early conchological and geological treatises, Charlevoix's Journal of a Voyage to North-America, Scammon's Marine Mammals of the North-western Coast of North America, Historia Naturalis Ranarum, and Plantarum Succulentarum Historia. You may search in our online catalog to determine if a particular volume is held.

Thesaurus Piscium Testaceorum,  1739.  Plate XIV Echinoderms
Atlas of Herpetology 1858. Plate 18 Teiius teguxin. Hoplodactylus pomarii, Brachylopus fasciatus
Thesaurus Piscium Testaceorum,  1739.  Plate XIV Echinoderms U. S. Exploring Expedition during years 1838- 1842 under Charles Wilkes, USN. Atlas of Herpetology 1858. Plate 18 Teiius teguxin. Hoplodactylus pomarii, Brachylopus fasciatus.

The Research Library conducts tours and lectures of the rare books periodically; please check the Education department listings for scheduled classes. For information regarding classes, call 619.255.0203 or send an email to:

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