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Amazing Rare Things: The Art of Natural History in the Age of Discovery

Amazing Rare Things: The Art of Natural History in the Age of Discovery


By (author) Sir David Attenborough, By (author) Rea Alexandratos, By (author) Martin Clayton, By (author) Susan Owens

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  • Publisher: Kales Press
  • Format: Paperback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 196mm x 241mm x 25mm | 816g
  • Publication date: 20 October 2009
  • Publication City/Country: California
  • ISBN 10: 0979845629
  • ISBN 13: 9780979845628
  • Illustrations note: 160 full-colour drawings and watercolours
  • Sales rank: 124,189

Product description

The Royal Collection, held at Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace and Holyroodhouse, has been shaped by royal taste over five hundred years. In "Amazing Rare Things", the collection's natural history artworks are supplemented by an introduction and commentary by David Attenborough. This exploration of the natural world from the late fifteenth century to the early eighteenth century represents a period when European knowledge of the world was transformed by voyages of discovery to the farthest reaches of Africa, Asia, America and beyond. Included are works by Leonardo da Vinci and other artists and collectors of their time who embraced the natural riches of their ever-expanding world and whose legacies help us to understand our continuing relationship with the natural world.

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Sir David Attenborough's career as a pioneer documentary filmmaker and advocate for understanding the natural world spans more than fifty years. His co-authors curate the drawings of the Royal Collection.

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A book to savor . . . sumptuous . . . transcendent. "