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Seashells Hardcover – 1 Jun 2007

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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (1 Jun. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780810993273
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810993273
  • ASIN: 0810993279
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.9 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 707,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Josie Iselin is a photographer and installation artist. She holds a Bachelor's degree from in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard and a Master of Fine Arts from San Francisco State University. Although her training is in traditional photography, she now produces images exclusively with a flatbed scanner and a computer. Her work has been exhibited at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Intersection for the Arts, SF Camerawork, and art galleries in and around San Francisco, where she lives. Sandra J. Carlson is a Professor in the Geology Department of the University of California in Davis. She is a paleontologist specialising in marine invertebrates. She lives in San Francisco.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. S. J. Hoddinott on 16 Oct. 2010
Format: Hardcover
Lovely book which can be looked over and over again. Not for the dedicated shell collector but for those more creatively inclined it is a useful addition.
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By James Michael Henson on 27 Dec. 2012
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A good guide if you are going on holiday to a tropical island - not much good on Blackpool beach.
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By TinTine on 22 Oct. 2014
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A lovely addition to my sea-garden theme.
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
Stunning Photographs of Shells 15 July 2007
By Timothy Kearney - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I was recently on vacation at a seacoast resort and every bookstore and gift shop in the area had a small book, almost a mini coffee table book, entitled SEASHELLS. The book contains both photographs and text regarding shells. Customers picked up the book, leafed through the pages and were amazed. The amazement was a reaction to the stunning photography of Jodie Iselin. The shells are arranged in a variety of settings from natural to artful and we see the grandeur and beauty of these objects that we often take for granted. The text is somewhat perfunctory, explaining the type of shell and where it can be found, but it serves more as an aid to the photographs rather than giving specific scientific information about the shells.

It's a perfect gift for anyone who loves shells, and judging from what appeared to be brisk sales, many people purchased it either as a gift for someone else or themselves, but when I purchased it, it was not as a gift. I am an amateur photographer, and I love photographing shells. It's not as easy as it looks. The shells often have rich textures which makes can make them difficult to photograph, or at least difficult to get sharp photos. For me, the book is more inspiration than anything else and while it may be a long time if ever that my photos will be even close to those in the book, it gives me something to work toward and ideas of how to arrange shells, and I'm sure come Christmas, I'll find it will be a gift idea too.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Delightful book 10 Feb. 2008
By Mr. Peter J. Gillett - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I needed to find a well-illustrated book on Seashells for an overseas friend. I know nothing about seashells, so I was a bit apprehensive how my first purchase with Amazon would turn out.

I need not have worried. The book was delivered within 48 hours and I was able to read it myself, before it went to Thailand with me. I was delighted with the book.

The recipient, a government Marine Biologist was thrilled.

I thoroughly recommend this book to anybody and everybody.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Seashells 3 Mar. 2008
By T. Malone - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Great photography and interesting text that is easy to read. Anyone who loves seashells will love this book. I'm so glad I got it. Well worth the price.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
What to expect for beachcomers? 10 Feb. 2009
By Rehana Farooqi - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is just that. What do you expect for beachcomers? What will you find laying around on the beach? This book doesn't explain too much in detail about those nature-made objects washed ashore(nothing like man-made things turned into something els like sea glass), but just tells what they are called, and what exactly are they or scientifically, how they are made or how they got that way. It does explain the little details of why certain shells or urchins have unusual textures and forms. It explains somewhat where they come from or where they are found. Most of the shells, urchins, sea fossils among other things mentioned in this book are from North America. It doesn't say the size, or the depth in the sea, or in more details like that. This is not really a field guide.However, It is a little bit like one. But it does give some interresting and educational information about seashells and how they are formed and what they are made of. Calcium Carbonate. Still, an ok book. I like it. I really am especially looking for a field guide, and this book came to me from UK, so I did not want to go through the trouble of returning it and I bought it used, quite cheap in a "NEW" condition. So I will treasure it amoung my other seashell books next to my large seashell collection!

-Rehana(Chicago, IL)
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Seashells 7 Jan. 2013
By Gabi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Beautiful, breathtaking photos of shells! Good source of information on various seashells. Gave it as a gift and wish I had bought one for myself!
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