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This review is from: Nature's Engraver: A Life of Thomas Bewick (Paperback)
I have just one word of advice for anyone who is thinking of buying this lovely book and that is to seriously consider investing in a good (not necessarily expensive) microscope at the same time. That isn't meant as any criticism of the book or the many engravings it contains, it is just that the engravings are reproduced at (or close to) their original size and, in this case, the gods really are in the details. Under normal conditions these engravings are stunning but when viewed even more closely they are not far short of miraculous; how on earth anyone could engrave with such detail, not to mention warmth and humour, is quite beyond me.
Jenny Uglow is a wonderful writer and the text is a joy but it will always be the engravings themselves that you return to again and again and having the ability to examine them really closely will give you the opportunity to discover a whole new world in the background and fine details and a whole new level of enjoyment in the book.