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Natural Histories: Extraordinary Rare Book Selections from the American Museum of Natural History Library (Hardback)
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Natural Histories: Extraordinary Rare Book Selections from the American Museum of Natural History Library (Hardback)

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Hardback 176 Pages / Published: 27/02/2014
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Inside the American Museum of Natural History is an eight-story library (one of the largest natural-science libraries in the Western Hemisphere) 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.

Publisher: Sterling Publishing Co Inc
ISBN: 9781454912149
Number of pages: 176
Weight: 907 g
Dimensions: 280 x 216 x 23 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

."..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 . . . 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 truly stunning 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)
-. . . a truly stunning 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)

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