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

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Amazing Rare Things is enthralling, with elegant natural history drawings from the British Royal Collection married to beautiful prose.

The Royal Collection, held at Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace, and Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh, has been shaped by the personal tastes of kings and queens for more than five hundred years. The Collection's exquisite natural history artworks in Amazing Rare Things is supplemented by an introduction and commentary from Sir 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 foremost artists and collectors of their time who embraced the natural riches of their ever-expanding world and whose legacies help us better understand today our continuing relationship with the natural world.

 

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Grad school suddenly cut in on recreational reading, so it took considerably longer to finish things I started late summer. David Attenborough does the introduction and a couple pages per chapter, but ... Read full review

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This wonderful book contains works of natural history by Leonardo Da Vinci, The Paper Museum collection, Alexander Marshal, Maria Sibylla Merian and Mark Catesby. The color plates are a treasure. I ... Read full review

Contents

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9
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38
IV
72
V
106
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138
VII
176
VIII
212
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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, including his recent film, Planet Earth. His coauthors curate the world-class drawings of the Royal Collection.

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