From the blurb;
"The British Museum (Natural History) at South Kensington is one of London`s most popular museums. Its enormously varied exhibits give enjoyment and instruction to millions of visitors every year and it has provided a favourite cost-free outing for generations of children. As one of the world`s oldest and most renowned scientific research institutions it has greatly advanced knowledge of the world`s animals, plants, fossils and minerals ; both officially and thorough the private endeavours of its staff it has long taken an active, through little known, part in promoting natural history expeditions and conserving wildlife.
The present decorative building, an attractive part of Britain`s Victorian heritage was opened to the public in April 1881 but its collection had their beginnings in the seventeenth century. At its foundation in 1753 the British Museum housed some 40,000 natural history specimens amassed by Sir Hans Sloane from 1683 onwards. Today some 50 million specimens at South Kensington represent an enormous investment not only of money, but of intellectual and physical endeavour.
This authoritative history by a former Senior Principal Scientific Officer at the Museum traces the expansion of the natural history collections at Bloomsbury, deals with the erection if the immense new museum at South Kensington, reveals the controversies and intrigues behind its progress and makes known the succession of gifted, strong-minded and often argumentative men to who the Natural History Museum owes its being, its public utility and its international renown. The unpublished minutes of the Museum`s Trustees, confidential memoranda, newspaper correspondence, reports, obituaries and biographic, the memories of long-serving Museum officials and much else have provided the material for a remarkable, and sometimes surprising, story. This well-illustrated book commemorates in a most fitting style the centenary of the move to Kensington."
Excellent pages with slight edge-wear. Numerous inscriptions on front flyleaf and nameplate. Includes Dust-jacket in very good condition.