The Natural History of Unicorns

The Natural History of Unicorns

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"Lavers keeps his intellectual detective story passionate and suspenseful."
-- Washington Post Book World

From Biblical stories about virgins to adventures with Harry Potter, unicorns have enchanted people for millennia. In the endlessly fascinating The Natural History of Unicorns, author Chris Lavers ingeniously traces the legend of this mysterious creature to the real people, places, and animals that have influenced its story.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 258 pages
  • 150 x 201 x 20mm | 249g
  • New York
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0060874155
  • 9780060874155
  • 722,917

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Where did the unicorn come from and how was it accepted for so long as a part of the animal kingdom? Chris Lavers argues that although the unicorn of our imagination isn't real, traces of its character can be found in existing species. In this lively and vivid exploration of the natural world, Lavers follows the beast's trail to the plateaus of India and into the jungles of Africa to unearth the flesh and blood ancestors of our iconic unicorn--and, along the way, he introduces the peoples, historians, explorers, traders, and scientists who steadfastly believed.
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Lavers ingeniously tracks the myth-making of the unicorn. . . . Lavers s enthusiasm is infectious . . . an elegant, colorful guide to the unicorn s myth, marvel, and the ties that have bound it to human progress. --Kirkus Reviews (Starred)"
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