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Amazing Rare Things: The Art of Natural History in the Age of Discovery [Hardcover]

David Attenborough , Susan Owens
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Book Description

5 Mar 2007
All artists have pondered and been inspired by the natural world. This book, which includes fresh, lucid, and thought-provoking texts by one of the natural worldâs best-loved commentators, examines the relationship between five masters of the art of natural history and the worlds they chose to portray, from Leonardoâs studies of plants and animals to Cassiano dal Pozzoâs immense âPaper Museumâ; and from the microcosm of an English garden to the new worlds of the Americas.

Product details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: The Royal Collection; 1st edition (5 Mar 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190216346X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1902163468
  • Product Dimensions: 2.7 x 19.8 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 439,801 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful object 15 Aug 2007
This book is a beautiful thing. It contains a wide selection of illustrations by several renowned artists (including Leanordo da Vinci), and spans the centuries when natural history illustration was at its peak. Many different flora and fauna are depicted; most are real animals or plants, but a few are fantastical, and some are plain bizarre! The images are reproduced exquisitely - they are crisp and colourful - and the accompanying text is informative and provides context, complementing the pictures well.
I would recommend this book to anyone with an appreciation of the natural world or illustrative art, or indeed anyone who can appreciate the beauty of the world.
This is the kind of book you might pick up intending to have a quick skim through, and then find yourself still engrossed half an hour later.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A simply beautiful book 4 Jun 2008
This book is a dream come true with those in love with natural history. Exceptionally beautiful drawings and botanical prints. Buy it before it goes to paperback as the hardback really suits the content of this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly a beautiful thing 14 April 2009
This book is simply beautiful. Although in some ways it is relatively slim in size (it is just over 200 pages in length), you really cannot fault this volume of essays concentrating on some of the best natural history illustrators from the past.
David Attenborough provides an introductory chapter, briefly commenting upon all of the individuals included in the book. This chapter is then followed by 5 chapters, each examining one particular person of significance, such as Leonardo Da Vinci. Each chapter has representations of each person's work and art; and these pictures are truly amazing. I was thrilled to discover that the majority are in colour, therefore allowing you to appreciate them fully. Looking at the pictures, and reading about the work and the times that the artists were working in, it really made me think about how it would have been all those years ago as people were discovering more about the world; discovering new countries, plants and animals.
For any lover of art, history or nature, this book is a pure delight.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing rare things 29 Sep 2011
I was bought this book by my daughter and it it a 'must' for anyone who loves natuaral history and art. I bought this copy as a present for a friend who shares my interests.

I was very happy with the condition and the speed of delivery.
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