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Drawn From Paradise: The Discovery, Art and Natural History of the Birds of Paradise [Hardcover]

Sir David Attenborough , Errol Fuller
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Book Description

30 Aug 2012

Drawn from Paradise is David Attenborough’s journey through the cultural history of the birds of paradise, one of the most exquisite and extravagant, colourful and intriguing families of birds.

From the moment they were introduced to the European mind in the early sixteenth century, their unique beauty was recognised and commemorated in the first name that they were given – birds so beautiful must be birds from paradise.

In this unique exploration of a truly awe-inspiring family of birds which to this day is still shrouded in mystery, David Attenborough and Errol Fuller trace the natural history of these enigmatic birds through their depiction in western works of art throughout the centuries, featuring beautiful illustrations by such luminary artists as Jacques Barraband, William Hart, John Gould, Rubens and Breughel, to name but a few. Experienced ornithologists and general nature and art enthusiasts alike will delight in this journey of discovery of the world’s most beautiful and mysterious birds.


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (30 Aug 2012)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0007487614
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007487615
  • Product Dimensions: 30 x 24.8 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 128,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘The book is as sumptuous as the birds themselves, a celebration of birds that have haunted the human imagination for half a millennium.’ Simon Barnes, The Times

‘Brilliant’
Guardian

‘A worthy inheritor of Alistair Cooke’
Telegraph

‘The nation’s favourite wildlife broadcaster’
The Times

About the Author

David Attenborough is one of the world’s leading television broadcasters. His interest in the Birds of Paradise began at a very early age, leading to various expeditions to New Guinea to see them in the wild. The award-winning documentary Attenborough in Paradise fulfilled a dream to record in the wild the courtship display of these magnificent birds.

Errol Fuller is well known for his books on extinction and extinct species, as well as an artist and collector of natural history material. He is passionate about the Birds of Paradise.


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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book with an historical slant 11 Oct 2012
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Beautiful book, though I wish it'd had the full dust cover (available if you buy it from Waterstones) instead of the "tracing paper" slip with the title on it.
I got it to get it signed by Sir David at a special event (Talk, Q & A, then book-signing) which was well worth the effort as I've always wanted to meet him and shake his hand and a book-signing is the best opportunity.
If you're just a fan of the lovely birds themselves then this book is a treat, no photos, all art-work, and the fascinating history of their discovery. I personally would have liked some photos to counterpoint the art-work but then that would be a different kind of book. This book concentrates on the myths and misconceptions of history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Book 12 April 2013
By Linda H
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I remember as a child dragging my poor Auntie Doris around Tring Zoological Museum most Summer holidays. My favorites were the Birds of Paradise. The illustrations in this book lovingly recreate those memories. A must for David Attenborough fans and Bird-lovers alike.
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4.0 out of 5 stars David Attenborough Book 30 Mar 2014
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An ideal gift for a person who likes anything Attenboroughn and I was attracted to it as it is not something that I would usually connect him with. A good book with good illustration.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING 13 Jan 2014
By vickie
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Well all i can say is absolutely fantastic. The info and the detailed drawings are just the best thing ever. Well worth the money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book 21 Dec 2013
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I bought this for my father in laws Christmas but quite wanted to keep it for myself. I'm sure he'll love it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book 22 July 2013
By Mrs M
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What a lovely book. I ordered it initially for my husband for Christmas and he was over the moon. So pleased with it we ordered another copy for my father. Simply stunning!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing 13 July 2013
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I bought this book as a present but spent quite a long time looking at it before I wrapped it and am considering buying a copy for myself. It really is a lovely book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant buy the book 7 Jun 2013
By Richard
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Fantastic book that will appeal to naturalists and artists alike, people that I have shown it to are impressed with all the images and I loved the information in the text, great book, would highly recomment
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