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Natural Histories: Extraordinary Rare Book Selections from the American Museum of Natural History Libraryby Tom Baione
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Without our oceans, which cover almost 72 percent of our planet, Earth simply could not existand#8212;or humanity survive. Join author Melanie Stiassny from the American Museum of Natural History on an epic, oceanic journey. These fascinating essays, taken from the museum's Rare Book Collections, expand on the science behind the early histories that shaped the study of oceanography. They take close-up looks at coral, jellyfish, sea worms, whales, sharks, squid, and more, and provide accounts from legendary explorers and early naturalists. This gorgeously illustrated volume,and#160;which includes 40 frameable prints,and#160;will appeal to every seafaring and natural-science enthusiast.
The Natural Histories series introduces today's readers to lost, fully illustrated scientific tomes from the American Museum of Natural History Library's Rare Book Collections. The museum's top experts provide interesting facts and commentary that enrich the original material and appeal to nature, science, and art lovers.
"Digging deep into the American Museum of Natural History's Research Museum (of which he is the director), Baione and assorted essayists offer up a truly 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. The essays focus primarily on the work of pioneering illustrators and their areas of interest (mollusks, fish, birds, Native Americans, Egyptology), offering exponential insight into the intricacies of plumage, biology, and etymology. Each profile is equal parts text and images, making for an immersive experience. The essays are brief — short biographies allowing for little more than a timeline and quick summation of key works or scientific contributions. But 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. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Join author Melanie Stiassny from the American Museum of Natural History on an epic, oceanic journey. These fascinating essays expand on the science behind the early, rare histories that shaped oceanography. Theyand#160;provide close-up looks at coral, jellyfish, sea worms, whales, sharks, squid, and more, along with accounts from legendary explorers and early naturalists. This gorgeously illustrated volume will appeal to every seafaring and natural-science enthusiast.
For the first time, Natural Histories allows readers a privileged glimpse of seldom-seen, fully illustrated scientific tomes from the American Museum of Natural History's Rare Book Collection. Forty essays from the museum's top experts in a variety of natural science disciplines, from anthropology to zoology, enhance and discuss each rare work's unique qualities and scientific contribution. Packaged with 40 extraordinary prints suitable for framing, this deluxe edition will fascinate both natural science and art lovers alike.
Inside the American Museum of Natural History is an eight-story libraryand#8212;one of the largest natural-science libraries in the Western Hemisphereand#8212;that contains over 450,000 volumes of monographs, pamphlets, reprints, and original rare books. Natural Histories allows readers a privileged glimpse of these seldom-seen, fully illustrated scientific works. Forty essays from the museum's top experts in a variety of disciplines enhance each rare tome's unique qualities and scientific contribution, and three to four illustrations accompany each one. This beautiful book will fascinate natural science and art lovers alike.
About the Author
Tom Baione, an active member of the Grolier Club, is the Harold Boeschenstein Director of Library Services at the American Museum of Natural History Library and oversees all aspects of the library's functions. He divides his time between Manhattan and Long Island.
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