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    Drawn from Paradise: The Discovery, Art and Natural History of the Birds of Paradise (Hardback) By (author) Sir David Attenborough, By (author) Errol Fuller

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    DescriptionDrawn from Paradise is David Attenborough's journey through the cultural history of the birds of paradise, one of the most exquisite and extravagant, colourful and intriguing families of birds. From the moment they were introduced to the European mind in the early sixteenth century, their unique beauty was recognised and commemorated in the first name that they were given - birds so beautiful must be birds from paradise. In this unique exploration of a truly awe-inspiring family of birds which to this day is still shrouded in mystery, David Attenborough and Errol Fuller trace the natural history of these enigmatic birds through their depiction in western works of art throughout the centuries, featuring beautiful illustrations by such luminary artists as Jacques Barraband, William Hart, John Gould, Rubens and Breughel, to name but a few. Experienced ornithologists and general nature and art enthusiasts alike will delight in this journey of discovery of the world's most beautiful and mysterious birds.

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    Drawn from Paradise
    The Discovery, Art and Natural History of the Birds of Paradise
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Sir David Attenborough, By (author) Errol Fuller
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 256
    Width: 246 mm
    Height: 306 mm
    Thickness: 26 mm
    Weight: 1,840 g
    ISBN 13: 9780007487615
    ISBN 10: 0007487614

    BIC subject category V2: WNCB, AGN
    BIC E4L: SCP
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.2
    BISAC V2.8: ART050030, NAT043000
    DC23: 598.865
    Thema V1.0: AGN, WNCB
    Illustrations note
    (over 200 full colour illustrations/artwork)
    HarperCollins Publishers
    Imprint name
    Publication date
    30 August 2012
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    David Attenborough is one of the world's leading television broadcasters. His interest in the Birds of Paradise began at a very early age, leading to various expeditions to New Guinea to see them in the wild. The award-winning documentary Attenborough in Paradise fulfilled a dream to record in the wild the courtship display of these magnificent birds. Errol Fuller is well known for his books on extinction and extinct species, as well as an artist and collector of natural history material. He is passionate about the Birds of Paradise.
    Review quote
    'The book is as sumptuous as the birds themselves, a celebration of birds that have haunted the human imagination for half a millennium.' Simon Barnes, The Times 'Brilliant' Guardian 'A worthy inheritor of Alistair Cooke' Telegraph 'The nation's favourite wildlife broadcaster' The Times