The Whale Book : Whales and Other Marine Animals as Described by Adriaen Coenen in 1584
"The Whale Book" will appeal to all those interested in the natural world and the preservation of threatened marine wildlife, as well as those active in the fields of cultural history, art and the natural sciences. In addition, readers will gain unexpected insights into the experiences of an everyday figure caught up in the events of a turbulent period in Dutch history.
- Paperback | 224 pages
- 205.7 x 297.2 x 21.6mm | 1,152.13g
- 03 Nov 2004
- Reaktion Books
- London, United Kingdom
- 127 b&w and colour illustrations
"No reviewer can do justice to this eclectic collection."--Seattle Times "Offers unique insights both in to the marine life of the North Sea in the 16th century and into the myths that, in those days, still held water."--Boston Globe "This book is one of the year's glorious oddities. Based on the writings and watercolors of 16th-century Dutch beachcomber and autodidact Adriaen Coenen, it reproduces, with lively commentary, what are probably the world's oldest manuscripts on European whales and marine animals."--Discover "Coenen created a rare collection of early zoological observations, accompanied by a wealth of anecdotes, legends and cultural histories. . . . It gives a fascinating insight, not just into the social life of the period but its popular beliefs--from monsters to mermaids."--BBC History Magazine
About Florike Egmond
Florike Egmond is a cultural historian specializing in 16th-century natural history. She works at the Dutch National Archive in The Hague, The Netherlands. Peter Mason has published widely on representations of the exotic, including The Lives of Images (Reaktion Books, 2001). Kees Lankester is an expert in marine biology, fisheries management and ocean wildlife.