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Tortoise (Animal)


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Tortoise is the first cultural history of these long-lived and intriguing creatures, which have existed for more than 200 million years. The book covers tortoises worldwide, in evolution, myth and reality, ranging across paleontology, natural history, myth, folklore, art forms, literature, veterinary medicine and trade regulations.

The tortoise has been seen as an Atlas-like creature supporting the world, as the origin of music and as a philosophical paradox. Peter Young examines the tortoise in all these guises, as well as a military tactical formation, its exploitation by mariners and others for food, as ornament (in tortoiseshell), as a motif in art, and in space research. He looks at the movement away from exploitation to conservation and even the uses of the tortoise in advertising. As well as examples of species, illustrations from around the world include monuments, sculptures, coins, stamps, objets dart, drawings, cartoons, advertisements and X-rays.

The book will appeal not only to tortoise lovers but also to readers of cultural histories around the world.

"Peter Youngs Tortoise, on the other claw, can be warmly recommended."—Jonathan Bate, The Times

About the Author

Peter Young lives in Crawley, West Sussex. Timothy Tortoise, to whom this book is dedicated, has been a member of his family for more than 50 years.

Table of Contents

1.Fittest not Fastest2. Myths and Symbols3. Ancient and Modern4. Exploitation5. Appreciation6. Conservation7. PromotionTimelineReferencesBibliographyAssociationsWebsitesAcknowledgementsPhoto AcknowledgementsIndex


"Full of gorgeous graphics . . . gives a strong sense of the depth and complexity of the emotions we invest in animals."--The Independent

(The Independent, Feb 25 2004 )


"Peter Young's Tortoise can be warmly recommended. . . . includes some excellent cartoons."--The Times

(The Times (London), Nov 1 2003 )


"engaging...Peter Young seems to have read everything, and has uncovered tortoise lore in the most unlikely places...Tortoise is not merely a fascinating and informative read--it's a visual delight as well, with illustrations showing the use the artists of three millennia have made of tortoises to produce images as curious, comical or beatiful as the animals themselves."--Nicholas Gould, International Zoo News

(Nicholas Gould, International Zoo News, Dec 1 2003 )

Product Details

Young, Peter
Reaktion Books
Reptiles & Amphibians
Animals and civilization
General Nature
Animals - Reptiles & Amphibians
Nature Studies-Reptiles and Amphibians
Edition Description:
Reaktion Books - Animal
Publication Date:
April 2004
Grade Level:
7.5 x 5.3 in

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