Martin Gayford

A celebration of natural wonders: the best of the year’s art books

Gilbert White’s illustrators, Mark Catesby’s watercolours and stunning photographs of the Amazon rainforest are among this year’s highlights

Chain snake (Lampropeltis getulus) by Mark Catesby, the subject of Henrietta McBurney’s Illuminating Natural History. [Natural History Museum/Bridgeman Images]

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