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Meisterwerke der Naturgeschichte Select: Schätze aus der Bibliothek des Natural History Museum, London [Rare Treasures From the Library of the Natural History Museum]

Art / PhotobookNew

By: Judith Magee (Editor), Monika Niehaus (Translated by), Coralie Wink (Translated by)

224 pages, 200+ colour & b/w illustrations, 36 colour & b/w loose-leaf prints

Verlag Paul Haupt

Paperback | clamshell box | Sep 2016 | #230348 | ISBN-13: 9783258079707
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Language: German

The Library of the Natural History Museum contains one of the most exciting and comprehensive collections of natural history literature and artworks to be found anywhere in the world. It holds over half a million artworks, comprising one of Britain's biggest art collections and representing all the great natural history artists, and many thousands of books, including some richly illustrated volumes of great historical significance.

Rare Treasures is a stunningly illustrated guide to a special selection of some of its most highly valued books, chosen for their scientific and artistic merit. For each book there is an essay by a Museum expert, explaining the role it played in the development of natural history.

Accompanying the guide are 40, visually appealing colour prints, reproduced directly from the books and printed on the highest quality paper. Books featured include the oldest book in the Library, the 1469 edition of Pliny the Elder's Plinius secundus nouocomensis; Albertus Seba's striking Locupletissimi rerum published from 1734; Mark Catesby's History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands, the first published account of the flora and fauna of this area, and the stunning line drawings from Napoleon's expedition to Egypt in 1798.

Summary in German:
Buch und 36 Drucke in einer Schmuckbox: eine bibliophile Reise durch die Geschichte des Naturbuchs.

Das Natural History Museum in London besitzt eine der wichtigsten Sammlungen von historischen Büchern zur Naturgeschichte. 31 Werke aus fünf Jahrhunderten werden in diesem wunderschön illustrierten Band vorgestellt. Sie wurden einerseits wegen ihrer wissenschaftlichen Bedeutung, andererseits aufgrund des künstlerischen Wertes ihrer Illustrationen ausgewählt.

Der Bogen spannt sich vom ältesten Buch der Sammlung, der Historia Naturalis von Plinius dem Älteren in einer Ausgabe von 1469, über Preziosen wie dem Hortus Eystettensis von Basilius Besler (1613), der Flora Sinensis von Michal Piotr Boym (1656), die wunderschöne Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinamensium von Maria Sibylla Merian (1705) über die berühmten Locupletissimi Rerum Naturalium Thesauri von Albertus Seba (1734–1765), John James Audubons Meisterwerk The Birds of America (1827–1838), bis zu den Kunstformen der Natur von Ernst Haeckel (1904).

Diese außergewöhnliche Sammlung, bestehend aus einem Buch und 36 Drucken in einer Schmuckbox, wird jeden naturhistorisch Interessierten begeistern und eignet sich als hochwertiges Geschenk.


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