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George). The material for this was derived from James Petiver, an apothecary of London, one of the few who, after the Tradescants, founded an extensive collection, a large mixed museum, described in his 'Musei Petiveriani', etc. (London 1695~1703, 8vo). From all parts of the world this man sought to enrich his collections. He paid captains and surgeons of ships to bring home specimens for him, and published the observations made by Father Georg Joseph Camel when he was collecting zoological specimens in the Philippine Islands at the close of the century (London 1703).
From hand-coloured engraving (PI. , Vol. I, 1754 PLAT E III Fig. 1 Fig. 2 Fig.
He paid captains and surgeons of ships to bring home specimens for him, and published the observations made by Father Georg Joseph Camel when he was collecting zoological specimens in the Philippine Islands at the close of the century (London 1703). He tried also to improve the methods of preservation, being the author of a method, very much used in the 18th century, of preserving birds by 'drying'. After Petiver's death his collection was purchased by an even more famous collector, the English physician Sir Hans Sloane, who is said to have offered Petiver himself £ 4000 for it.