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Natural Histories [Hardcover]

Edited by Tom Baione
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Book Description

7 Oct 2012
For the first time, Natural Histories allows readers a privileged glimpse of seldom seen, fully illustrated scientific tomes from the American Museum of Natural History's Rare Book Collection - a collection of over 450,000 volumes. Forty essays from the museum's top experts in a variety of natural science disciplines, from anthropology to zoology, accompany and discuss each rare tome's unique qualities and scientific contribution. Packaged with extraordinary prints suitable for framing and facsimile items inside bound-in envelopes, this deluxe edition will fascinate both natural science and art lovers alike.

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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling; Box Pap/Un edition (7 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402791496
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402791499
  • Product Dimensions: 30.7 x 23.5 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 202,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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..".a truly stunning collection of rare prints covering a litany of topics. Whether readers choose to focus on the 40 prints just begging for frames that are included in the box or the often breathtaking images in the book itself, they'll quickly find themselves sucked into this fantastically assembled and informative work of natural and human history . . . armchair naturalists, archeologists, and anthropologists will have a field day with this lovingly curated collection. Remarkable for its editing as well as its breadth of scope (even the binding of Victorian natural history books is studied), this gem of a book is one of the best in its class." --"Publishers Weekly" (Starred Review)..".this collection from the AMNH is sure to please. It presents rare essays and artwork about the natural sciences along with a selection of prints for display." --"TIME" magazine"Baione (dir., American Museum of Natural History Lib.) examines book illustrations found in the library of New York City's American Museum of Natural History. The volume also gathers 40 essays written by the museum's librarians, researchers, curators, and administrators. They discuss woodcuts, etchings, engravings, and lithographs from books published between the 16th and early 20th centuries on topics in the natural sciences. The book presents many full-page, color reproductions of illustrations of insects, sea animals, birds, and mammals, accompanied by historical descriptions. Also included is a 19th-century astronomical atlas and a collection of portraits of Native Americans. The museum has published many books that discuss its collections...Baione's is the first to focus on book illustrations. It is packaged with 40 frameable prints. VERDICT - Combining well-chosen reproductions and interesting essays, this book would be a great choice for readers of "National Geographic" and the like." --"Library Journal"" . . . a beautiful boxed set that includes a softcover book of essays and illustration

About the Author

Tom Baione, an active member of the Grolier Club, divides his time between Manhattan and Long Island, is the Harold Boeschenstein Director of Library Services of the Museum of Natural History's Library and oversees all aspects of the library's functions.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning book 6 Aug 2013
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A beautiful book, gorgeous illustrations and really interesting (if you like natural history illustration as much as I do!). Already paid for itself as I have given a couple of the (very high quality) prints that come with it as presents.
Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good buy 18 Sep 2013
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This is an interesting book. The prints are pretty nice too. For those concerned they are slightly shorter than A4 but also slightly wider so you may have to trim the edges to find the right frame.

Overall a great buy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just brilliant 3 April 2014
By gezrick
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Bought this as a gift but I want to keep it. It's amazing! Beautiful pictures, a really nice book and it all comes in a lovely hard box. If you have enough interest to be reading this review then you should just buy this book. It's worth every penny
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and fascinating 22 Jan 2014
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This is an extraordinary publication - a book of essays combined with 40 high quality, frame-ready prints. The book examines the history of the depiction of the natural world, and is a must for anyone interested in natural history, art or bookmaking. The whole package comes in a box. One of the most beautiful publications I've owned.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Remarkable Review of Science History Through Art 18 Nov 2012
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As I have told my students in the past (I am now retired), knowledge of the workings of our universe does not come easily or without error. We live in a quite remarkable world and those not totally jaded by the misery of the daily news are aware of it. Now the American Museum of Natural History has published illustrations from their extensive library of rare natural history books in a rough chronology that covers much of the history of the emergence of our modern concepts of the natural world. "Natural Histories: Extraordinary Rare Book Selections from the American Museum of Natural History Library" is, as noted in the title, quite extraordinary, including the 40 prints taken from the 40 texts reviewed by the multiple authors (each chapter is written by a different authority). The illustrations range from Gesner's natural history of 1563 to the designs of Seguy in the first half of the Twentieth Century. More and more accuracy in the depiction of nature (for the most part) reflects the increasing empirical understanding of the workings of the natural world.

For the most part botanical illustration is neglected, but the zoological and astronomical parts of natural history illustration are magnificently reproduced. Each of the 40 prints, included separate from the book, would serve as a neat framed example of the art. For the price this is a wonderful introduction to the work of numerous researchers and compilers of knowledge and a great review of the development of natural history illustration. I recommend it without reservation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary 11 Oct 2012
By sb-lynn - Published on Amazon.com
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This gorgeous cover is actually the front of a big textured box that contains a paperback book that has selections and essays from some of the rare books from the American from the American Museum of Natural History's Rare Book Collection. As if that weren't wonderful enough, you will also find included in the box 40 separate prints that show some of the rare and beautiful illustrations - and honestly they are so beautiful you could frame each and every one of them.

The enclosed book is 176 pages and has over two hundred illustrations and has essays from such notables as Neil deGrasse Tyson. The scope and variety of selected books is impressive, and the subjects vary from every kind of flora and fauna to stories about people and places. And more.

Highly recommended. I would've thought I would've had to pay way more than this to get something of this quality. It's that nice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! the prints alone make it worthwhile. 5 Jan 2013
By Meredith Cole - Published on Amazon.com
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High-quality printmaking, for a STEAL. This will make you put down your Kindle/iPod/phone for a bit, and peruse the beautiful prints of animals, fish, insects and so much more.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars book 6 Dec 2013
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A fabulous book with great illustrations and incredible pictures that deserve to be framed. There are more in the series too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Book and Prints 12 Mar 2013
By Emerica9138 - Published on Amazon.com
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The prints are amazing. We framed a bunch of them for my sons room. The book is also great. Highly recommended.
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