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Living Jewels 2: The Magical Design of Beetles [Hardcover]

Poul Beckmann , Ruth Kaspin
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Book Description

21 Mar 2007
Presents a collection of gogeous beetles, magnified multiple times their size and photographed in colour.


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  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Prestel (21 Mar 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3791337777
  • ISBN-13: 978-3791337777
  • Product Dimensions: 34.6 x 24.8 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 674,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Science and art meet in these magnificent, hugely magnified photographs of some of the world's most exotic beetles. -- The Times, December 7, 2007

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Colours 31 Mar 2011
Format:Hardcover
I received this book as a gift and it is simply stunning. The images are big, hi-res and colourful. It really opens your eyes to the amount of detail in the beetle world. The colours are amazing. Would recommend for art and animal lovers.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fab visual source of reference. 20 Sep 2010
By EEEBEE
Format:Hardcover
This book contains a vast array of insects with extra close ups of the different bugs. some were place in the center of the spine which detracted from the image. However a very visually accurate and clear representation.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Living Jewels is a real gem of a book 13 Jan 2010
Format:Hardcover
I bought this book for my wife, who is an art teacher. She thought it was fantastic. Beautifully illustrated and very high quality print/production.

I would highly recommend this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Living Jewels 10 Oct 2012
By Bookish
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Perhaps I was expecting too much from this book, but I was slightly disappointed. We all have personal taste, and whilst I did like the pictures of whole beetles on individual pages very much, I did not really like some of the magnified pictures which spanned two pages in some instances. I do find it a shame when pictures spread over the middle of the book, but that is just my taste. The pictures were of a high standard though and printed on good paper. If you love beetles and insects and want an AMAZING buy, I have just received PHEREMONE and am blown away by the beautiful images. Now that is a book with WOW FACTOR.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars stunning ,up close photos! 10 May 2007
By Kevin Z. Kovacs - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I have a few books on beetles. Including the first Living Jewel.

I am speechless. The photos make it seam like you are a relative size

to the beetles. All the subtle nuances of texture and pattern captured in the photos is a

true gift from the gods. This is an amazingly beautiful book! Hats off to Poul Beckmann

and Prestel.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not the "finest examples of nature photgraphy" described. 19 Aug 2009
By dlh - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The beetles themselves are brilliant and beautiful, no doubt. But this book does not meet the description of nature photography, which is what I was interested in when I ordered it. All photos were taken in a studio on a white background. The results are, as you might expect, very sterile and not at all natural. The photographer could have just as easily been taking photos of automotive parts or teacups. The ONLY natural thing about the photographs are the beetles themselves. While this photographic technique would be perfect for a field guide, the book does not serve that purpose either. Despite the hype, it is simply a coffee table book of studio photographs of beetles. The publisher should enable the feature "search inside the book" so that people can understand what they're getting instead of relying on the mis-representative written description. In the meantime, potential buyers should be aware that the cover is actually very representative of ALL of the photos in the book. Essentially what you are getting is page after page of "beetle on a white background," not exactly what I would consider "the finest examples of nature photography." I am giving it the benefit of a mediocre three stars because it's not that it's necessarily poorly done. For what it IS, it's done fairly well. It's just not at all the nature photography claimed in the product description.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nature's Fabulous Gems 26 Dec 2008
By L. B. Gillespie - Published on Amazon.com
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After visiting the Audubon Insectarium in New Orleans a while back and seeing their beetles and butterflies exhibit, I just had to have a book with photos of some of these little gems. The book does not disappoint. The photos are exquisite!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Jewel of a book! 18 Dec 2009
By Snowzone - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Beautiful close photographs of luminous and exotic insects. The way the book is presented the insects do look like exquisite jewels made of expensive metals and gems, but no, they are living creatures. A very unusual view of the insect.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect gift 2 July 2009
By Doria Lassalle - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I bought this book as a gift for my brother (he is 18th), and he was fascinated, he loved it!!
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