All Shops

British Wildlife

8 issues per year 84 pages per issue Subscription only

British Wildlife is the leading natural history magazine in the UK, providing essential reading for both enthusiast and professional naturalists and wildlife conservationists. Published eight times a year, British Wildlife bridges the gap between popular writing and scientific literature through a combination of long-form articles, regular columns and reports, book reviews and letters.

Subscriptions from £40 per year

Conservation Land Management

4 issues per year 44 pages per issue Subscription only

Conservation Land Management (CLM) is a quarterly magazine that is widely regarded as essential reading for all who are involved in land management for nature conservation, across the British Isles. CLM includes long-form articles, events listings, publication reviews, new product information and updates, reports of conferences and letters.

Subscriptions from £18 per year
Academic & Professional Books  Natural History  General Natural History

Before Disenchantment Images of Exotic Animals and Plants in the Early Modern World

Out of Print
By: Peter Mason
272 pages, 140 b/w illus
Publisher: Reaktion Books
Before Disenchantment
Click to have a closer look
  • Before Disenchantment ISBN: 9781861894373 Hardback Jul 2009 Out of Print #188763
About this book Biography Related titles

About this book

When explorers and artists travelled to new lands in the early modern period, the exotic plants and animals that they encountered often seemed strange and outlandish. This book examines how these artists grappled with the problems of representing unfamiliar flora and fauna, in particular anomalous cases that seemed to defy straightforward classification as either plant or animal.

One solution was to describe and portray these alien animals and plants as strange hybrids of both, and the images they made took many forms from the Lamb of Tartary, which grew inside a large gourd-like fruit to camel-sheep and to races of monopods and red-haired human dwarves. Peter Mason looks at these and the figures who made these curious images, who ranged widely in expertise from the amateur sketches of the German adventurer Caspar Schmalkalden to the consummate artistry of Peter Paul Rubens and from the painstaking antiquarian interests of Nicolas Fabri de Peiresc to the homely observations of the natural world by the Dutch beachcomber Adriaen Coenen.

In taking the world-view of the early modern period seriously, the book breaks with orthodox histories of scientific illustration that imagine a linear evolution towards an ever more enlightened science.

Customer Reviews


Peter Mason is the author of many books, including The Lives of Images (Reaktion, 2001). He lives in Rome and works as a consultant in art and anthropology for the Fundacion America, Santiago de Chile.
Out of Print
By: Peter Mason
272 pages, 140 b/w illus
Publisher: Reaktion Books
Current promotions
British WildlifeoupNest Box Price List 2020Order your free copy of our 2020 equipment catalogue