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Amazing Rare Things by David Attenborough
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Sep 14, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: picture-books, science, natural-history, non-fiction, nature, art
Read in September, 2009

Glorious. This book explores the images from natural history records and looks at them as a form of art. I have always considered the incredible drawings of plants and animals from this era as art, and I was excited to see them examined this way by some of the masters in the field.
The writing is straightforward but thorough. Though the sections are written by different people, there is an overall sense of being pulled into the world of discovery and allowed to spend some time marvelling there.
I read read most of this book within a few hours of owning it, while sitting in a cafe enjoying a very large 'Edith Piaf'. I went home and finished it straight away.
The illustrations are amazing and the text is unrivalled.

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