Anna Marie Roos, Ph.D. (1997), University of Colorado, is senior lecturer at the University of Lincoln. A Fellow of the Linnean Society and the Society of Antiquaries, she has published three monographs, and many articles concerning early modern history of science and medicine, including Web of Nature: Martin Lister (1639-1712), the First Arachnologist (Brill, 2011).
All interested in the early modern history of science and medicine, the history of the Royal Society, and natural historians.
Roos [...] provides complete, fresh transcriptions of the letters involved; she also for the first time provides English translations of the many written in Latin, together with detailed annotations concerning the letters’ content, including learned elucidation of the botanical and zoological descriptions to be found in them. Also notable are the many letters from Lister’s contacts in Yorkshire, where he was domiciled for much of the period in his life that this volume covers, including men like the artist William Lodge, the landowner and Fellow of the Royal Society Sir John Brooke, and such enthusiasts for natural philosophy as the country doctor Nathaniel Johnstone and the former radical preacher John Webster, for whose 1677 tome on witchcraft Lister helped to obtain an imprimatur from the Royal Society. In conjunction with the family letters that are also included, the result is to give us a fascinating view of Lister’s milieu.
Michael Hunter, in: Isis, volume 107, number 2 (2016), p. 365-372.
Table of contents
Calendar of the Lister Correspondence
Section 1: Introduction
a. An introduction to the letters (16621677)
b. Lister’s biography (16391677): a summary
c. Lister’s correspondence in historical context
d. A note on the Ray letters
e. Stylistic considerations
Section II: The Lister Correspondence (16621677)