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The Book of the Toad

By: Robert M DeGraaff(Author)
208 pages, colour & b/w photos, illustrations
The Book of the Toad
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  • The Book of the Toad ISBN: 9780718828417 Paperback Dec 1991 Not in stock: Usually dispatched within 2-3 weeks
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This comprehensive and entertaining compendium of toad lore surveys the history of the toad as biological entity, literary and artistic subject, mythological symbol, and threatened species. It brings to light a number of unexpected details regarding the life of the toad, ranging from its role as insect eater in gardens and pharmaceutical ingredient in shamanic hallucinogens, to its time honoured place in witchcraft and its apotheosis in stars as the constellation Bufo. Robert DeGraaff's offbeat history is exhaustively researched, scientifically precise, graced with high colour art reproductions and illustrations, and written with uncommon wit and humour. Far more than a volume for bufophiles, this is a uniquely insightful and engaging look at how humans through the ages have responded to and have been influenced by their amphibian neighbours.

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Robert DeGraaff has been a professor of Victorian literature at St Lawrence University for more than twenty years. He is also an accomplished limericist and the tiller of a 5 000 square foot vegetable garden, in which he communes whenever possible with Bufo americanus, the American toad.

By: Robert M DeGraaff(Author)
208 pages, colour & b/w photos, illustrations
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With the aid of beautiful illustrations, the mixed fortunes of the toad in its multifarious roles throughout different ages and cultures are meticulously researched to make absorbing once an act of homage and voluptuous scholarship. The Countryman

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