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Amazing Rare Things by David Attenborough
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Dec 05, 2011

really liked it
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Read in May, 2012

The illustrations in this book are fantastic and the content by Attenborough is great. The introduction provides some interesting context on how art has informed biology and how biology has informed art (at least, this is what the introduction made me think about). The illustration notes impart interesting tidbits about some of the animals and plants illustrated in the plates, as well as what the artists got right . . . and what they may have embellished.

The rest of the text is less inspiring, giving pretty basic information about the artists and the works they created. The book is also limited in that it focusses on collections owned by the Royal Library at Windsor Castle (mind you, the kings and queens of England can afford a pretty kickin' collection).

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