Natural History

Natural History


  • 101 Dog Illustrations: A Pictorial Archive of Championship Breeds (Dover Pictorial Archive Series)

    By Gladys Emerson Cook

    Our Price: $10.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780486454382
    • Publisher: Dover Publications
    • Published: January 2007
    A blue-ribbon collection of 116 breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club, these dramatically detailed lithographs include sporting and non-sporting dogs, hounds, working dogs, terriers, and toys. Captions.
  • 600 Butterflies and Moths In Full Color

    By Dover Clip Art

    Our Price: $14.95
    • Format: Oversize Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780486461397
    • Published: November 2007
    Rendered from an exquisitely rare 19th-century portfolio, the butterfly hues and shapes that have dazzled humankind for centuries are displayed here. This illustrated archive bursts with sixty-one full-color plates of European butterflies and moths of every variety. Color illus. 75p.
  • According To Season

    By William Starr Dana

    Our Price: $10.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780395554135
    • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company
    • Published: November 1990
    Essays by a turn of the century American naturalist discuss the seasons, urban flora and fauna, and the wildflowers of the Northeast
  • Africa: An Artist's Journal

    By Kim Donaldson

    Our Price: $25.00
    • Format: Oversize Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780823001576
    • Published: April 2002
    Presents a collection of the aritst's paintings, drawings, and sketches of African wildlife and describes the continent in which they live.
  • Albertus Seba's Cabinet of Natural Curiosities

    By Albertus Seba

    Our Price: $39.99
    • Format: Oversize Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9783836515832
    • Publisher: Taschen
    • Published: January 2010
    Albertus Seba’s CABINET OF NATURAL CURIOSITIES stands as one of the 18th century’s greatest natural history achievements and remains one of the most prized natural history books of all time. Seba’s amazing collection of animals, plants, and insects from all around the world gained international fame during his lifetime. In 1731, after decades of collecting, Seba commissioned illustrations of every specimen and arranged the publication of a four-volume catalog. – from strange and exotic plants to snakes, frogs, crocodiles, shellfish, coral, birds, and butterflies, as well as fantastic beasts, such as a hydra and a dragon. Seba’s scenic illustrations, often mixing plants and animals in a single plate, were unusual even for the time. This reproduction is taken from a rare, hand-colored original. An introduction supplies background information about the tradition to which Seba’s curiosities belonged. Color illustrations. 416p.
  • Amazing Rare Things: The Art of Natural History In the Age of Discovery

    By David Attenborough

    Our Price: $25.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780300125474
    • Publisher: Yale University Press
    • Published: October 2007
    From the 15th century onwards, as European explorers sailed forth on grand voyages of discovery, their encounters with exotic plants & animals fanned intense scientific interest. Scholars began to examine nature with fresh eyes, & pioneering artists transformed the way nature was seen & understood. In this book, renowned naturalist & documentary-maker David Attenborough joins with expert colleagues to explore how artists chose to portray the natural world during this era of burgeoning scientific interest. 160 color illus. 224p.
  • Amazing Rare Things: The Art of Natural History in the Age of Discovery

    By David Attenborough

    Our Price: $25.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780300215724
    • Publisher: Yale University Press
    • Published: September 2015
  • Amber: Window to the Past

    By David A. Grimaldi

    Our Price: $25.00
    • Format: Oversize Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780810919662
    • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
    • Published: March 1996
    The many spectacular pieces illustrated here include ancient amulets, Etruscan funerary ornaments, Renaissance altarpieces and much more. This book serves as the catalogue for an exhibition at the American Museum ofNatural History from February to September, 1996. Bibliography, index, maps. 200 illus., including 115 in full color. 216p.
  • Ambonese Curiosity Cabinet

    By Georgius Rumphius

    Our Price: $92.00
    • Format: Oversize Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780300075342
    • Published: April 1999
    Originally published posthumously in Dutch in 1705. Rumphius, known as the 'Indian Pliny,' wrote two major works during his employment with the Dutch East Indies Company stationed on the island of Ambon in eastern Indonesia. This one, the first modern work on tropical fauna, is a classic text of natural history, covering the gamut of organisms found in the seas surrounding Ambon. Notes, index. B&W illus. 567p.
  • America's Other Audubon

    By Genevieve Jones

    Our Price: $24.95
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781616890599
    • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
    • Published: May 2012
    America's Other Audubon chronicles the story of Genevieve Jones, her family, and the making of an extraordinary nineteenth-century book, Illustrations of the Nests and Eggs of Birds of Ohio. At the age of twenty-nine, Genevieve Jones, an amateur naturalist/artist and daughter of a country doctor, visited the 1876 Centennial World's Fair in Philadelphia, where she saw Audubon's paintings in Birds of America on display. His artwork inspired her to undertake the production of a book illustrating the birds nests and eggs that Audubon neglected to include in his work. Her parents were reluctant to support the undertaking of such an ambitious and expensive project until Genevieve became despondent over a broken engagement. Concerned over her fragile mental state, they encouraged her to begin the book as a distraction. Her brother collected the nests and eggs, her father paid for the publishing costs, and Genevieve and her girlhood friend learned lithography and began illustrating the specimens. The book was sold by subscription in twenty-three parts. When part one of Genevieve's work was issued, leading ornithologists praised the illustrations, and Rutherford B. Hayes and Theodore Roosevelt added their names to the subscription list. One reviewer wrote: It is one of the most beautiful and desirable works that has ever appeared in the United States upon any branch of natural history and ranks with Audubon's celebrated work on birds. Then, suddenly, Genevieve died of typhoid fever after personally completing only five of the illustrations. Her family took up the completion of the work in her memory. They labored for seven years until the book was completed in 1886; collecting nests and eggs, drawing lithographs on stone, and hand coloring fifty copies of each illustration, and writing the field notes for each species of bird. Both the brother who collected the nests and eggs and wrote the field notes, and the mother who completed the drawings on stone and hand coloring, were stricken with typhoid fever two years after Genevieve's death and nearly died. In spite of serious damage to their health, they never gave up and labored until the book was finished. The father covered the publishing costs, which were higher than had been anticipated and were not covered by the subscription price, and ultimately lost his entire retirement savings completing the task in his daughter's memory. The mother lost her eyesight at the end of her life from the effects of typhoid fever and long hours of straining to draw and color the nests and eggs. But neither parent ever complained and considered their work on the book the most important accomplishment of their lives. When the mother's copy of the volume was exhibited on the Chicago World's Fair in 1893, it was awarded a bronze medal. Only 90 copies of the book were produced and fewer than 20 have been located today in libraries or in private collections. America's Other Audubon includes a foreword by the Curator of Natural-History Rare Books at the Smithsonian, Leslie Overstreet, a prologue and introduction by researcher and writer Joy M. Kiser (with archival photographs of the family and original advertisements and ephemera from the publication and sale of the book), the 68 original color plates of nests and eggs, plus selected field notes, a key to the eggs, and a key to the birds scientific and current common names (which have changed since the book first published in the nineteenth century). Joy Kiser has been friends with the Jones ancestors for fourteen years and has access to family photographs and documents that the general public has never seen. The Joneses story has never been fully told and no other author is better prepared to tell it.
  • An American Bestiary

    By Mary Sayre Haverstock

    Our Price: $15.00
    • Format: Oversize Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780810906822
    • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
    • Published: October 1979
  • The Anatomical Venus: Wax, God, Death & the Ecstatic

    By Joanna Ebenstein

    Our Price: $21.00 - $35.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781938922916
    • Publisher: D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers, Inc.
    • Published: May 2016
  • The Anatomy Museum: Death and the Body Displayed

    By Elizabeth Hallam

    Our Price: $57.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781861893758
    • Publisher: Reaktion Books
    • Published: April 2013
    Anatomy museums around the world showcase preserved corpses in service of education and medical advancement, but they are little-known and have been largely hidden from the public eye. Elizabeth Hallam here investigates the anatomy museum and how it reveals the fascination and fears that surround the dead body in Western societies.Hallam explores the history of these museums and how they operate in the current cultural environment. Their regulated access increasingly clashes with evolving public mores toward the exposed body, as demonstrated by the international popularity of the Body Worlds exhibition. The book examines such related topics as artistic works that employ the images of dead bodies and the larger ongoing debate over the disposal of corpses. Issues such as aesthetics and science, organ and body donations, and the dead body in Western religion and ritual are also discussed here in fascinating depth.The Anatomy Museum unearths a strange and compelling cultural history that investigates the ideas of preservation, human rituals of death, and the spaces that our bodies occupy in this life and beyond.
  • Animal Architecture

    By Ingo Arndt

    Our Price: $29.95
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781419711657
    • Publisher: Abrams
    • Published: April 2014
    Collects photographs of structures created by animals, from the six-foot-high hills of tiny red ants to the colorfully decorated courtship arenas of the bowerbird, showcasing the connections between human and animal architecture.
  • The Animal Illustrated 1550-1900: From the Collections of the New York Public Library

    By Joseph Kastner

    Our Price: $24.00
    • Format: Oversize Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780810919075
    • Publisher: HARRY N ABRAMS INC
    • Published: April 1991