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Living Jewels: The Natural Design of Beetles (Art & Design) Hardcover – Illustrated, 22 Oct 2001


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  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Prestel; illustrated edition edition (22 Oct 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3791325280
  • ISBN-13: 978-3791325286
  • Product Dimensions: 34.8 x 25 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 645,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Anybody who looks through this wonderful book will never look at
a creepy-crawly in the same way again.' -- Workshop on the Web, September 1, 2006

‘Consists of approximately 100 large beautiful colour photographs of beetles…A book to enjoy...’ -- British Journal of Entomology and Natural History, September 2005

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As the authors explain in their introduction, beetles were deified in Ancient Egypt, used for necklaces and brooches by the Amazonian Indians of Peru, and worn live, tethered to gold chains, by fashionable ladies in Victorian times. Today beautiful beetles are so much in demand by international collectors that the governments of Malaysia, Indonesia, and New Guinea have begun major insect breeding programs to supply the growing market. The photographs shown here provide ample evidence of why beetles have been such a valuable commodity to such various cultures.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen on 8 Mar 2011
Format: Hardcover
As a textile artist and Beetle lover I am always looking for inspiration and this book gave me just that. The photography is stunning showing the beetles off down to the tiniest detail. I can recommend it.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
A gorgeous piece of work! 22 Nov 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Living Jewels shows just that: the tremendous variety of jewels that make up the population of beetles. Upon closer examination of the photographs, the "jewels" have a tremendous amount of detail, showing tiny hairs, fuzz and various protuberances. How can that much detail show up in a photograph?
The text at the beginning of the book contains many fascinating, and at times hysterical, facts about beetles. I got a good laugh about the treatment of beetles in medieval times!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
A work of art 3 Dec 2001
By David Feldman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a beautiful and unique book; the photography and printing are outstanding, and the images of the beetles are simultaneously gorgeous and bizarre.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Amazing. Nature exceeds fantasy. 26 Nov 2001
By Lyn Mayer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book contains a most colorful collection of creatures.I had never realized that the family of beetles encompassed such variety in colors, shapes, and forms. As an artist, I would recommend this book to anyone who delights in images celebrating the bizarre and the beautiful in nature.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Amazing. Nature exceeds fantasy. 26 Nov 2001
By Lyn Mayer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book contains a most colorful collection of creatures.I had never realized that the family of beetles encompassed such variety in colors, shapes, and forms. As an artist, I would recommend this book to anyone who delights in images celebrating the bizarre and the beautiful in nature.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
extraordinarily beautiful but TOO big! 10 Aug 2006
By Bug Lady - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is an incredibly beautiful picture book with HUGE closeups of beetles. Since I am an entomologist & artist, it is easy to see why I bought it. However, I am not sure what audience this was aimed for. There are only six pages of text at the beginning that serve as an introduction to the beetles and the rest of the book is all photographs. Some of the photos show a whole beetle on one page and a detail of its body on the facing page, and most of the details were not terribly interesting. I never thought I could say that pictures of gorgeous beetles could be TOO big, but I think that is the case with this 10 x 13 1/2 inch book!
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