Wednesday, October 21, 2009

About the name...

Elefolio is a compound formed of elephant + folio, after those books called elephant folios-- gorgeous, outsize, usually heavily illustrated volumes, often devoted to natural history. (Audubon's Birds of America was actually an even bigger, rarer size, the double elephant folio, but that didn't lend itself so well to a company name.)

Illustrated natural history is part of what I do, but I'm interested in first-person accounts of science in the field, as well as science literacy more generally. This blog will highlight the story in science wherever it can be found, as well as muse on the place where art and science meet.

Illustrations are of an elephant folio edition of Audubon's Quadrupeds of North America (Philadelphia Rare Books and Manuscript Company)

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