Amazing Rare Things: The Art of Natural History in the Age of Discovery Hardcover – 5 Mar 2007
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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.
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.
I was very happy with the condition and the speed of delivery.