Natural Histories Hardcover – 7 Oct 2012
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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.
..".atruly 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 illustrations and 40 loose plates housed in an illustrated clamshell box. The plates are frame-worthy copies of some of the illustrations used in the essay volume. The writing style is directed to a general reading audience, and is appropriate for undergraduates looking for introductory information. The short essays are informative and excite interest in further study. "Choice""
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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.
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.
Ifyou love natural history, and by the way, natural history art like me, then don't think twice and buy this book.