“The exact description of things seen, on which so much 20th century writing is founded, was a craft developed as recently as the 19th century, and not by men of letters but by scientists. Agassiz was quite possibly the greatest master of this art who ever lived.” –Hugh Kenner
Published here are selected writings from the remarkable teacher, lecturer, and scientist, Louis Agassiz, whose enthusiasm for natural history is communicated with vitality and precision. The editor's introduction and notes at the beginning of each chapter provide a cogent analysis of the contributions of the scientist-writer. Some black ink specimen illustrations have been included as well.
- Title: The Intelligence of Louis Agassiz: A Specimen Book of Scientific Writings
- Editor: Guy Davenport
- Publisher: Beacon Press
- Place: Boston
- Year: 1963
- Edition: 1st
- Length: 235pp
- Dimensions: 5” x 8.25” x 0.75”
- Condition: Dustjacket worn and faded, some small tears on the edges with a section missing at the back. Brown cloth backed cover with blue paper boards in very good condition. Pages crisp and clean—no folds, tears, or extraneous marks. No missing pages. Inscription of "Andrew Hill" in front endpapers.