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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful object, 15 Aug 2007
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J. Fitzgerald "electricwater" (Lechlade) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Amazing Rare Things: The Art of Natural History in the Age of Discovery (Hardcover)
This book is a beautiful thing. It contains a wide selection of illustrations by several renowned artists (including Leanordo da Vinci), and spans the centuries when natural history illustration was at its peak. Many different flora and fauna are depicted; most are real animals or plants, but a few are fantastical, and some are plain bizarre! The images are reproduced exquisitely - they are crisp and colourful - and the accompanying text is informative and provides context, complementing the pictures well.
I would recommend this book to anyone with an appreciation of the natural world or illustrative art, or indeed anyone who can appreciate the beauty of the world.
This is the kind of book you might pick up intending to have a quick skim through, and then find yourself still engrossed half an hour later.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A simply beautiful book, 4 Jun 2008
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This review is from: Amazing Rare Things: The Art of Natural History in the Age of Discovery (Hardcover)
This book is a dream come true with those in love with natural history. Exceptionally beautiful drawings and botanical prints. Buy it before it goes to paperback as the hardback really suits the content of this book.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly a beautiful thing, 14 April 2009
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Brida "izumi" (United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Amazing Rare Things: The Art of Natural History in the Age of Discovery (Hardcover)
This book is simply beautiful. Although in some ways it is relatively slim in size (it is just over 200 pages in length), you really cannot fault this volume of essays concentrating on some of the best natural history illustrators from the past.
David Attenborough provides an introductory chapter, briefly commenting upon all of the individuals included in the book. This chapter is then followed by 5 chapters, each examining one particular person of significance, such as Leonardo Da Vinci. Each chapter has representations of each person's work and art; and these pictures are truly amazing. I was thrilled to discover that the majority are in colour, therefore allowing you to appreciate them fully. Looking at the pictures, and reading about the work and the times that the artists were working in, it really made me think about how it would have been all those years ago as people were discovering more about the world; discovering new countries, plants and animals.
For any lover of art, history or nature, this book is a pure delight.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing rare things, 29 Sep 2011
This review is from: Amazing Rare Things: The Art of Natural History in the Age of Discovery (Hardcover)
I was bought this book by my daughter and it it a 'must' for anyone who loves natuaral history and art. I bought this copy as a present for a friend who shares my interests.

I was very happy with the condition and the speed of delivery.
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