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The Art of Instruction: Vintage Educational Charts from the 19th and 20th Centuries

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Large-scale wall charts were fundamental tools of classroom instruction throughout Europe in the mid-nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Collected here for the first time in one deluxe volume are over 100 of these vintage educational posters now important relics in the history of science, art, and design. From the anatomy of a tulip or an apple tree to that of a hedgehog o ...more
Hardcover, 168 pages
Published October 12th 2011 by Chronicle Books (first published September 7th 2011)
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Amara
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Plates 1 (Dog Rose), 4 (Marsh Marigold), 9 (Mistletoe), 11 (Garden Tulip), 22 (Oak Tree), 53 (Poppy), 99 (Jellyfish), and 121 (Mammals) are just gorgeous. I mean, they’re all pretty, but some just really stand out.

I could’ve done without the spider plate. Blech.
Kirsten
Dec 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is a gorgeous collection of posters from the 19th and 20th centuries that were used in the education of students of the natural sciences. They are amazing works of art, and still could be used to great effect in a classroom today if we still learned that way. You can use it to test your knowledge, there is an answer key in the back!

Anyone interested in art, the natural world, science, or history should read this...or just people who like looking at pretty pictures.
Jessica
Feb 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book was beautiful. I have always loved visual dictionaries and prints that show every little piece of an object, so having all these charts in one book is a dream come true. Most of the prints seem to be of French origin. There is nothing to actually "read" in this book... its sole purpose is pretty only. Recommended.
Bethany
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Informative two page introduction to the history and topic of educational charts and a beautiful book of the charts (art work).
Douglas
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
It never hurts to stop and appreciate the complexity of nature. I found myself spacing out on things like cat skeletons.
Penelope
Oct 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a beautiful book with a nice introduction and of course WONDERFUL images. The images are well-documented and there is a short bibliography at the end of the book. Most of the websites cited are in German or Dutch, though. There are also citations for a few articles about educational charts.

Anyway, this book is really about the pictures, and what lovely pictures they are. My only complaint is that there are only botanical and zoological illustrations. I was hoping for some human anatomy a
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Carol
This book is beautiful! I'm torn between keeping it as a coffee table book or framing some of the pictures for my wall.
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