Jonathan Couch Papers

Mss.B.C831

Date: 1839-1891 | Size: 1 Linear feet

Abstract

In many ways, Jonathan Couch was a prototype of the Victorian provincial naturalist, a trained physician whose eclectic, but intensely local interests ran from the life sciences to geology, Cornish folk beliefs, and local history. His major works included a three-volume translation of Pliny's Natural History (London, 1847-1849) published by the Wernerian Club of London, The History of Polperro (Truro, 1871), and the exhaustive four-volume A History of the Fishes of the British Islands (London, 1862-1868).

The remnants of a wide-ranging mind, the Couch Papers contain a sampling of correspondence, rough drafts of articles, and notes on a variety of topics of interest to the Cornish naturalist and antiquarian, Jonathan Couch. The bulk of the correspondence relates to Couch's translation of Pliny's Natural History, published by the Wernerian Club of London between 1847 and 1849. The notes are highly diverse, but include some systematic descriptions of fishes, probably used in his A History of the Fishes of the British Islands and notes Cornish folk beliefs. Of particular interest are his "Notes connected with instinct and reason" and three manuscripts relating to evolutionism: "Enquiry into the circumstances...," "On the history and development of man," and "The Natural History of the Creation of the World, with its changes to the subsidence of the flood and Noah."

Background note

In many ways, Jonathan Couch was a prototype of the Victorian provincial naturalist, a trained physician whose eclectic, but intensely local interests ran from the life sciences to geology, folk beliefs, and local history. The only child of Richard Couch and Phillipa Minards, Couch was born on March 15, 1789, at Polperro, a fishing village on the Cornish coast. After receiving a sound classical education at the Dame School and later at Bodmin Grammar School, Couch began a medical apprenticeship under Dr. John Rice of East Looe in 1803, and from 1808 to 1810, he completed his medical studies at the united St. Guy's and St. Thomas' Hospital in London. Returning to Polperro to practice medicine, Couch seldom again left Cornwall.

Despite the burdens of a busy medical practice, Couch began exploring an array of topics of antiquarian and natural historical interest from almost the moment of his return home. Bracketed by a profoundly local perspective, his interests ran the gamut from history and archaeology to Cornish folk beliefs, dialect, and the local flora and fauna. He became best known for his work on the life-blood of Polperro, its fisheries. Training the local fishermen to make natural historical observations and to assist him in bringing in rare specimens, Couch dissected and illustrated hundreds of fish over more than three decades of research, taking meticulous care to depict the colors of the live fish as accurately as possible. In recognition of his contributions, he was made a fellow of the Linnaean Society.

Couch was a regular contributor to several journals, including the Imperial Magazine, the Transactions and Proceedings of the Linnaean Society, and the Annals and Magazine of Natural History. His major publications include A Cornish Fauna (Truro, 1838, 1841), a three-volume translation of Pliny's Natural History (London, 1847-1849) published by the Wernerian Club of London, and the posthumously published The History of Polperro (Truro, 1871). His most important publication was the exhaustive four-volume History of the Fishes of the British Islands (London, 1860-1865), a seminal work that contained over 250 colored plates.

Thrice married, Couch was followed in medicine by all three of his sons, and his eldest son, Richard Quiller Couch, became a noted naturalist in his own right. Couch died in Polperro in 1870 at the age of 81.

Scope and content

The remnants of a wide-ranging mind, the Couch Papers contain a sampling of correspondence, rough drafts of articles, and miscellaneous notes on a variety of topics of interest to Jonathan Couch, the Cornish naturalist and antiquarian. The bulk of the correspondence relates to Couch's translation of Pliny's Natural History, published by the Wernerian Club of London between 1847 and 1849. The notes are highly eclectic, but include some systematic descriptions of fishes, probably used in his A History of the Fishes of the British Islands and notes Cornish folk beliefs.

Of particular interest are Couch's "Notes connected with instinct and reason" (see also his "Habits of the diadem spider") and three manuscripts relating to evolutionism and human origins: "Enquiry into the circumstances...," "On the history and development of man," and "The Natural History of the Creation of the World, with its changes to the subsidence of the flood and Noah." Although somewhat fragmentary, his notes on dreams are a valuable complement to a similar manuscript held in the Linnaean Society of London.

Collection Information

Physical description

1 linear foot

1 linear foot

Provenance

Acquired from Winifred Myers, 1980 (accn. no. 1980-1310ms).

Preferred citation

Cite as: Jonathan Couch Papers, American Philosophical Society.

Processing information

Recatalogued by rsc, 2003.

Related material

The manuscript of Couch's Natural History of Cornish Fishes (1844) is held in the Kienbusch Angling Collection at Princeton University.Couch's notebook of medical lectures, 1808-1847, kept during and after his study at Guy's and St. Thomas' Hospital in London, is housed in the Special Collections Deparment, Duke University Library.Additional Couch manuscripts are located in the collections of the Linnaean Society of London.

Bibliography

Couch, Jonathan, A History of the Fishes of the British Islands, 4 vols. (London, 1877). Call no.: 597.0942 C83h v.1-4.

Couch, Bertha, Life of Jonathan Couch, FLS, etc., of Polperro, the Cornish Ichthyologist (Liskeard, 1891)

Tucker, Denys W., "A Cornish Ichthyologist in fact and fiction: 'Q' (Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch) on his Grandfather Jonathan Couch (1789-1870)" Society for the Bibliography of Natural History (1956): 137-151.

Early American History Note

This manuscript collection falls outside the geographic scope of the Early American guide (British North America and the United States before 1840). It may be of interest to scholars interested in global history, international relations, imperialism, or the U.S. in the world.

Indexing Terms


Corporate Name(s)

  • Wernerian Club (London, England)

Genre(s)

  • Pen works
  • Photographs

Geographic Name(s)

  • Cornwall -- Description and travel

Personal Name(s)

  • Couch, Jonathan, 1789-1870
  • Cowper, B. Harris (Benjamin Harris)
  • Darwin, Charles, 1809-1882
  • Dunn, Matthias
  • Exeter, Jonathan
  • Fulcher, Thomas
  • Greenough, George Bellas, 1778-1855
  • Hardy, James
  • Herschel, John F. W., Sir (John Frederick William), 1792-1871
  • Hocken , Edward Octavius
  • Moxon, Charles
  • Munford, George, 1794-1871
  • Peach, Charles William, 1800-1886
  • Pliny the Younger
  • Saunders, Robert
  • Slater, J. W. (John William)
  • Sole, Edward
  • Watkins, Henry

Subject(s)

  • Astronomy -- Great Britain -- 18th century
  • Beyond Early America
  • Conchology -- Great Britain
  • Creationism.
  • Developmental biology -- Great Britain
  • Dreams
  • Evolution (Biology)
  • Fisheries -- Great Britain
  • Fishes -- Great Britain
  • Human evolution
  • Instinct
  • Natural history -- Great Britain -- 19th century
  • Superstition -- Great Britain
  • Zoology -- Great Britain


Detailed Inventory

Series I. Correspondence
1839-189147 folders
Couch, Jonathan, 1789-1870.
ADf to William Gladstone
n.d.1p.box 1
Couch, Jonathan, 1789-1870.
ADf to Great Britain. Board of Trade. Commissioners
1868 June 141p.box 1
Couch, Jonathan, 1789-1870.
ADf to Great Britain. Treasury. Lords Council
1846 Sept. 61p.box 1
Couch, Jonathan, 1789-1870.
ADf to Mr. Wheelwright
1861 March2p.box 1
Couch, William.
ALS to Jonathan Couch
1852 Dec. 273p.box 1
Cowper, B. Harris (Benjamin Harris).
ALS to "Mr dear friend"
1891 Nov. 283p.box 1
Dunn, Matthias.
ALS to Jonathan Couch
1866 June 153p.box 1
Exeter, Jonathan.
ALS Cy to Charles Godolphin
n.d.4p.box 1

In Couch's hand.

General physical description: 4p.

Fulcher, Thomas.
ALsS to Jonathan Couch
18462 itemsbox 1
Fulcher, Thomas.
ALS to Jonathan Couch
1846 Oct. 102p.box 1
Fulcher, Thomas.
ALS to Jonathan Couch
1846 Dec. 72p.box 1
Greenough, George Bellas, 1778-1855.
ALS to Charles Moxon
n.d.1p.box 1

Probably originally enclosed in Moxon to Couch, 1846 October 2.

General physical description: 1p.

Hardy, James.
ALS to Jonathan Couch(?)
n.d.4p.box 1
Herschel, John F. W., Sir (John Frederick William), 1792-1871.
ALS to Charles Moxon
1866 Dec. 262p.box 1
Hocken , Edward Octavius.
ALsS to Jonathan Couch
1870, n.d.2 itemsbox 1
Hocken , Edward Octavius.
ALS to Jonathan Couch(?)
1870 June 294p.box 1
Hocken , Edward Octavius.
ALS to Jonathan Couch (incomplete)
n.d.2p.box 1
Moxon, Charles.
ALsS to Jonathan Couch
1846-184855 itemsbox 1
Moxon, Charles.
ALS to Jonathan Couch
1846 March 104p.box 1
Moxon, Charles.
ALS to Jonathan Couch
1846 June 164p.box 1
Moxon, Charles.
ALS to Jonathan Couch
1846 June 222p.box 1
Moxon, Charles.
ALS to Jonathan Couch
1846 October 21p.box 1
Moxon, Charles.
ALS to Jonathan Couch
1846 October 83p.box 1
Moxon, Charles.
ALS to Jonathan Couch
1846 October 153p.box 1
Moxon, Charles.
ALS to Jonathan Couch
1846 October 172p.box 1
Moxon, Charles.
ALS to Jonathan Couch
1846 Nov. 54p.box 1
Moxon, Charles.
ALS to Jonathan Couch
1846 Nov. 113p.box 1
Moxon, Charles.
ALS to Jonathan Couch
1846 Nov. 142p.box 1
Moxon, Charles.
ALS to Jonathan Couch
1846 Nov. 262p.box 1
Moxon, Charles.
ALS to Jonathan Couch
1846 Dec. 24p.box 1
Moxon, Charles.
ALS to Jonathan Couch
1846 Dec. 83p.box 1
Moxon, Charles.
ALS to Jonathan Couch
1846 Dec. 103p.box 1
Moxon, Charles.
ALS to Jonathan Couch
1846 Dec. 112p.box 1
Moxon, Charles.
ALS to Jonathan Couch
1846 Dec. 184p.box 1
Moxon, Charles.
ALS to Jonathan Couch
1846 Dec. 264p.box 1
Moxon, Charles.
ALS to Jonathan Couch
1846 Dec. 291p.box 1
Moxon, Charles.
ALS to Jonathan Couch
1847 Jan. 54p.box 1
Moxon, Charles.
ALS to Jonathan Couch
1847 Jan. 141p.box 1
Moxon, Charles.
ALS to Jonathan Couch
1847 Jan. 202p.box 1
Moxon, Charles.
ALS to Jonathan Couch
1847 March 304p.box 1
Moxon, Charles.
ALS to Jonathan Couch
1847 April 143p.box 1
Moxon, Charles.
ALS to Jonathan Couch
1847 April 271p.box 1
Moxon, Charles.
ALS to Jonathan Couch
1847 May 262p.box 1
Moxon, Charles.
ALS to Jonathan Couch
1847 June 71p.box 1
Moxon, Charles.
ALS to Jonathan Couch
1847 June 81p.box 1
Moxon, Charles.
ALS to Jonathan Couch
1847 June 181p.box 1
Moxon, Charles.
ALS to Jonathan Couch
1847 June 214p.box 1
Moxon, Charles.
ALS to Jonathan Couch
1847 June 253p.box 1
Moxon, Charles.
ALS to Jonathan Couch
1847 July 11p.box 1
Moxon, Charles.
ALS to Jonathan Couch
1847 July 74p.box 1
Moxon, Charles.
ALS to Jonathan Couch
1847 July 182p.box 1
Moxon, Charles.
ALS to Jonathan Couch
1847 July 224p.box 1
Moxon, Charles.
ALS to Jonathan Couch
1847 Aug. 101p.box 1
Moxon, Charles.
ALS to Jonathan Couch
1847 Sept. 31p.box 1
Moxon, Charles.
ALS to Jonathan Couch
1847 Sept. 61p.box 1
Moxon, Charles.
ALS to Jonathan Couch
1847 Sept. 151p.box 1
Moxon, Charles.
ALS to Jonathan Couch
1847 Sept. 221p.box 1
Moxon, Charles.
ALS to Jonathan Couch
1847 Oct. 273p.box 1
Moxon, Charles.
ALS to Jonathan Couch
1847 Dec. 243p.box 1
Moxon, Charles.
ALS to Jonathan Couch
1848 Jan. 12p.box 1
Moxon, Charles.
ALS to Jonathan Couch
1848 Jan. 213p.box 1
Moxon, Charles.
ALS to Jonathan Couch
1848 March 162p.box 1
Moxon, Charles.
ALS to Jonathan Couch
1848 May 23p.box 1
Moxon, Charles.
ALS to Jonathan Couch
1848 June 22p.box 1
Moxon, Charles.
ALS to Jonathan Couch
1848 June 142p.box 1
Moxon, Charles.
ALS to Jonathan Couch
1848 July 231p.box 1
Moxon, Charles.
ALS to Jonathan Couch
1848 Sept. 22p.box 1
Moxon, Charles.
ALS to Jonathan Couch
1848 Sept. 51p.box 1
Moxon, Charles.
ALS to Jonathan Couch
1848 Oct. 192p.box 1
Moxon, Charles.
ALS to Jonathan Couch
1848 Nov. 112p.box 1
Moxon, Charles.
ALS to Jonathan Couch
1848 Nov. 141p.box 1
Moxon, Charles.
ALS to Jonathan Couch
1848 Dec. 63p.box 1
Moxon, Charles.
ALS to Jonathan Couch
n.d.4p.box 1
Munford, George, 1794-1871.
ALsS to Jonathan Couch
1846-184917 itemsbox 1
Munford, George, 1794-1871.
ALS to Jonathan Couch
1846 Nov. 123p.box 1
Munford, George, 1794-1871.
ALS to Jonathan Couch
1846 Nov. 143p.box 1
Munford, George, 1794-1871.
ALS to Jonathan Couch
1846 Nov. 252p.box 1
Munford, George, 1794-1871.
ALS to Jonathan Couch
1846 Dec. 181p.box 1
Munford, George, 1794-1871.
ALS to Jonathan Couch
1846 Dec. 214p.box 1
Munford, George, 1794-1871.
ALS to Jonathan Couch
1846 Dec. 302p.box 1
Munford, George, 1794-1871.
ALS to Jonathan Couch
1847 Jan. 81p.box 1
Munford, George, 1794-1871.
ALS to Jonathan Couch
1847 Jan. 164p.box 1
Munford, George, 1794-1871.
ALS to Jonathan Couch
1847 Nov. 103p.box 1
Munford, George, 1794-1871.
ALS to Jonathan Couch
1848 March 34p.box 1
Munford, George, 1794-1871.
ALS to Jonathan Couch
1848 June 162p.box 1
Munford, George, 1794-1871.
ALS to Jonathan Couch
1848 June 262p.box 1
Munford, George, 1794-1871.
ALS to Jonathan Couch
1848 June 271p.box 1
Munford, George, 1794-1871.
ALS to Jonathan Couch
1848 Nov. 294p.box 1
Munford, George, 1794-1871.
ALS to Jonathan Couch
1848 Dec. 63p.box 1
Munford, George, 1794-1871.
ALS to Jonathan Couch
1849 Jan. 243p.box 1
Munford, George, 1794-1871.
ALS to Jonathan Couch
1849 Feb. 274p.box 1
Munford, George, 1794-1871.
ALS to Jonathan Couch
n.d.1p.box 1
Peach, Charles William, 1800-1886.
ALS to Jonathan Couch
1844 March 284p.box 1
Saunders, Robert.
ALS to Jonathan Couch
1840 Feb. 281p.box 1
Slater, J. W. (John William).
ALS to Jonathan Couch
18482 itemsbox 1
Slater, J. W. (John William).
ALS to Jonathan Couch
1848 Nov. 271p.box 1
Slater, J. W. (John William).
ALS to Jonathan Couch
1848 Dec. 161p.box 1
Sole, Edward.
ALS to Jonathan Couch
1840 April 104p.box 1
Tregenna, Mr..
ANS
n.d.2p.box 1
Trelawny, Anne.
AMsS poem, "Sir Richard de Cotehele"
1839 April2 items (4p., 6p.)box 1
Watkins, Henry.
ALsS to Jonathan Couch
1848-18495 itemsbox 1
Watkins, Henry.
ALS to Jonathan Couch
1848 Jan. 181p.box 1
Watkins, Henry.
ALS to Jonathan Couch
1848 Jan. 312p.box 1
Watkins, Henry.
ALS to Jonathan Couch
1848 April 302p.box 1
Watkins, Henry.
ALS to Jonathan Couch
1848 Nov. 172p.box 1
Watkins, Henry.
ALS to Jonathan Couch
1849 Feb. 192p.box 1
Wernerian Club.
Printed circulars
1846-18495 itemsbox 1
Unidentified.
ALS to Jonathan Couch
1861 Dec. 264p.box 1
Series II. Essays and notes
1855-186782 foldersbox 1
Couch, Jonathan, 1789-1870.
"Ancient British Church"
n.d.1 folderbox 1
Couch, Jonathan, 1789-1870.
Animals #1
n.d.1 folderbox 1
Couch, Jonathan, 1789-1870.
Animals #2
n.d.1 folderbox 1
Couch, Jonathan, 1789-1870.
Animals #3
n.d.1 folderbox 1
Couch, Jonathan, 1789-1870.
"Axius Leach"
n.d.1 folderbox 1
Couch, Jonathan, 1789-1870.
"The Ballan wrasse"
n.d.1 folderbox 1
Couch, Jonathan, 1789-1870.
"Bp. Trelawny"
n.d.1 folderbox 1
Couch, Jonathan, 1789-1870.
"Borough of East Looe"
n.d.1 folderbox 1
Couch, Jonathan, 1789-1870.
"C. phasma"
n.d.1 folderbox 1
Couch, Jonathan, 1789-1870.
"Cataclysm"
n.d.1 folderbox 1
Couch, Jonathan, 1789-1870.
Chapel affairs
n.d.1 folderbox 1
Couch, Jonathan, 1789-1870.
Charms, Misc.
n.d.1 folderbox 1
Couch, Jonathan, 1789-1870.
"The connection of Natural Theology with Revelation"
n.d.1 folderbox 1
Couch, Jonathan, 1789-1870.
"Corkwing"
n.d.1 folderbox 1
Couch, Jonathan, 1789-1870.
"The cross buns of Easter"
n.d.1 folderbox 1
Couch, Jonathan, 1789-1870.
Death
n.d.1 folderbox 1
Couch, Jonathan, 1789-1870.
Description of Polperro
n.d.1 folderbox 1
Couch, Jonathan, 1789-1870.
"Development of crustacean animals" with "Decrease of the fisheries"
n.d.1 folderbox 1
Couch, Jonathan, 1789-1870.
"Dr. Clarke's comment -- Genesis"
n.d.1 folderbox 1
Couch, Jonathan, 1789-1870.
Dreams, dreaming
n.d.1 folderbox 2
Couch, Jonathan, 1789-1870.
Elections to Oxford, Cambridge, and Westminster
1789-17961 folderbox 2
Couch, Jonathan, 1789-1870.
"An enquiry into the circumstances which are connected with the earlier phenomena of development in several species of animals, with reference also to the growth of plants"
n.d.1 folderbox 2
Couch, Jonathan, 1789-1870.
"Extract from naturalist's notebook no. 8"
n.d.1 folderbox 2
Couch, Jonathan, 1789-1870.
"Extracts from the Quarterly Review of Beeker's Gallus and Chariches: or private life of the Greeks and Romans," bound with "The wonders of the little world: or, a general history of man -- by Nath. Wanley, M.A. 1678"
n.d.1 folderbox 2
Couch, Jonathan, 1789-1870.
Extracts: "Linnaeus dissertation on the sexes of plants -- translated by Sir James E. Smith," with "Ocean telegraphy -- by Dr. Wallich"
n.d.1 folderbox 2
Couch, Jonathan, 1789-1870.
"The fairy mysis -- Missis Oberon; Mihi"
n.d.1 folderbox 2
Couch, Jonathan, 1789-1870.
"The green-streaked wrasse"
n.d.1 folderbox 2
Couch, Jonathan, 1789-1870.
"Habits of the diadem spider," with "The little spider," and "Halibut" with "Salmon"
n.d.1 folderbox 2
Couch, Jonathan, 1789-1870.
"Harbour crab"
n.d.1 folderbox 2
Couch, Jonathan, 1789-1870.
"Health of dwellings" with "Health of towns"
n.d.1 folderbox 2
Couch, Jonathan, 1789-1870.
"Horse"
n.d.1 folderbox 2
Couch, Jonathan, 1789-1870.
"Isaac Taylor's last testimony"
1867 Dec.1 folderbox 2
Couch, Jonathan, 1789-1870.
"Language"
n.d.1 folderbox 2
Couch, Jonathan, 1789-1870.
"Lecture on ancient idolatry"
n.d.1 folderbox 2
Couch, Jonathan, 1789-1870.
"Lecture on the plagues of Egypt from the Egyptian point of view"
n.d.1 folderbox 2
Couch, Jonathan, 1789-1870.
"List of the articles from the Royal wardrobe, granted by the first Queen Mary to the Lady Marquess of Exeter"
n.d.1 folderbox 2
Couch, Jonathan, 1789-1870.
List of words and definitions
n.d.1 folderbox 2
Couch, Jonathan, 1789-1870.
"Lucon's dialogue" with notes on the sunfish
n.d.1 folderbox 2
Couch, Jonathan, 1789-1870.
McCaul, Alexander, "The old paths -- Modern Judaism compared with Moses and the prophets"
n.d.1 folderbox 2
Couch, Jonathan, 1789-1870.
"Marcus Porcius Cato -- de re rustica"
n.d.1 folderbox 2
Couch, Jonathan, 1789-1870.
"Mechanics Institute"
n.d.1 folderbox 2
Couch, Jonathan, 1789-1870.
Miscellaneous
n.d.1 folderbox 2
Couch, Jonathan, 1789-1870.
Misc. notes on Polperro
n.d.1 folderbox 2
Couch, Jonathan, 1789-1870.
"Mr. Owen on the dodo"
n.d.1 folderbox 2
Couch, Jonathan, 1789-1870.
"Mysis"
n.d.1 folderbox 2
Couch, Jonathan, 1789-1870.
"Mysis chamaeleon"
n.d.1 folderbox 2
Couch, Jonathan, 1789-1870.
"Mysis Lamorna"
n.d.1 folderbox 2
Couch, Jonathan, 1789-1870.
"The Natural History of the Creation of the World, with its changes to the subsidence of the flood and Noah" with misc. notes on various subjects
n.d.1 folderbox 2
Couch, Jonathan, 1789-1870.
"Notes connected with instinct and reason"
n.d.1 folderbox 2
Couch, Jonathan, 1789-1870.
"Notes for circulation of the blood"
n.d.1 folderbox 2
Couch, Jonathan, 1789-1870.
"Notes from Dr. John Duris' Science of Christian Thought, with notes on fish"
n.d.1 folderbox 2
Couch, Jonathan, 1789-1870.
Notes on ca.12 books
n.d.1 folderbox 2
Couch, Jonathan, 1789-1870.
Notes on "Les observations de plusieurs singularités"
n.d.1 folderbox 2
Couch, Jonathan, 1789-1870.
Notes on Ovid
n.d.1 folderbox 2
Couch, Jonathan, 1789-1870.
Notes on Pliny
n.d.1 folderbox 2
Couch, Jonathan, 1789-1870.
Notes on several books
n.d.1 folderbox 2
Couch, Jonathan, 1789-1870.
"Notes on the natural history of the natterjack"
n.d.1 folderbox 2
Couch, Jonathan, 1789-1870.
Notes, misc.
n.d.1 folderbox 2
Couch, Jonathan, 1789-1870.
"On the history and development of man"
n.d.1 folderbox 2
Couch, Jonathan, 1789-1870.
"Ovid, of the rust in corn"
n.d.1 folderbox 2
Couch, Jonathan, 1789-1870.
"Palinurus, Fabricius" and "Craw fish; red crab"
n.d.1 folderbox 2
Couch, Jonathan, 1789-1870.
"Planner's lamprey" with "Notes on Atlantic Cable"
n.d.1 folderbox 2
Couch, Jonathan, 1789-1870.
"Polybius, Leach" with "Henslow's swimming crab"
n.d.1 folderbox 2
Couch, Jonathan, 1789-1870.
"Porcellana"
n.d.1 folderbox 2
Couch, Jonathan, 1789-1870.
"Prehistoric in Cornwall"
n.d.1 folderbox 2
Couch, Jonathan, 1789-1870.
"Process of development"
n.d.1 folderbox 2
Couch, Jonathan, 1789-1870.
"Recent speculations on primeval man -- by the Duke of Argyll" with "Primeval man"
1868 March1 folderbox 2
Couch, Jonathan, 1789-1870.
"The red wrasse or three spotted wrasse"
n.d.1 folderbox 2
Couch, Jonathan, 1789-1870.
"'Reign of law' in Fortnightly Review," signed by George Henry Lewes
1867 July 11 folderbox 2
Couch, Jonathan, 1789-1870.
"Retepora, Lamarck"
n.d.1 folderbox 2
Couch, Jonathan, 1789-1870.
"Scomberesox"
n.d.1 folderbox 2
Couch, Jonathan, 1789-1870.
"Septagint"
n.d.1 folderbox 2
Couch, Jonathan, 1789-1870.
"Sketch of a portion -- of a plot or all the Coast of Cornwall and Devonshire as they were fortified in 1588 against the landing of any enemy"
n.d.1 folder; 1 map, 33.3 x 20.9 cmbox 2

Copied from an engraving made by T. Pine, 25 March 1740. As a local historian, Couch wrote a History of Polperro, published after his death. His comments on this map are specific, for Couch had to correct the geography.

General physical description: 1 folder

Couch, Jonathan, 1789-1870.
"Stenorhynchus, Lamarck" with "Long-legged spider crab" and "Slender spider crab"
n.d.1 folderbox 2
Couch, Jonathan, 1789-1870.
"The table crab"
n.d.1 folderbox 2
Couch, Jonathan, 1789-1870.
"Toads enclosed within the substance of the roots and bodies of trees"
n.d.1 folderbox 2
Couch, Jonathan, 1789-1870.
"Unity of creation"
n.d.1 folderbox 2
Couch, Jonathan, 1789-1870.
"A vindication of the probability of the story of Brutus, as related in the ancient history of Britain"
n.d.1 folderbox 2
Couch, Jonathan, 1789-1870.
"Volcanoes of Auvergne"
n.d.1 folderbox 2
Couch, Jonathan, 1789-1870.
"Warburton's delegation"
n.d.1 folderbox 2
Couch, Jonathan, 1789-1870.
Weather observations
18551 folderbox 2
Couch, Jonathan, 1789-1870.
"Woodcocks"
n.d.1 folderbox 2