Fonds SC 35 - Charles Hose fonds

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Charles Hose fonds

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CA ON00259 SC 35

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  • 1879-1907 (Creation)

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5 cm of textual records 1 item of cartographic material

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Charles Hose was a natural historian active in Borneo. Born in Hertfordshire, England on October 12, 1863 he entered the service of Sir Charles Brooke, second Rajah of Sarawak in 1884, and moved to British Borneo. Under his guidance, the interior of Sarawak was explored, and he collected and observed birds, mammals, plants, and insects of this area. He published several articles and books on the birds and mammals of this region, as well as his memoirs. He lived in Borneo between 1884 and 1907, when he retired from service and settled back in England. He died November 14, 1930, in England.

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Fonds consists of a manuscript for Hose’s book, The Birds of Borneo, and a map of Borneo. The manuscript of The Birds of Borneo is an unbound, handwritten copy of the work. The book opens with a discussion of the kinds of bird species that live on Borneo. The book then lists the individual species of each order that were found on Borneo, giving the taxonomic entry for the species, as well as more detailed information of behaviour and habitat. There are blank spaces where there were to be illustrations of the birds added to the printed text. The map of Borneo is a small, foldable item, with cloth reinforcing the folds. The inside of the map is a printed map of Borneo, by James Wyld, Geographer to the Queen. The map appears to have been hand-coloured by C. Hose. On the back of the printed map is a hand drawn image from 1879 which shows a detail of the island. It is possible that this was drawn by Hose, but there is no specific mention of the artist.

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The ROM holds 78 bird specimens collected by Hose, primarily in Borneo.

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Sclater, William Lutley, ed. “Charles Hose.” The Ibis: A Quarterly Journal of Ornithology 6.1 (1930): 142-144.

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