Wonders of Creation : natural history drawings in the British Library.
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Cloth, 4to, 29 cm, 248 pp, ills (some colour). From the blurb: "It is perhaps not generally known or fully appreciated how numerous are the natural history drawings in the British Library. The collections encompass oriental and western manuscripts and printed books of all periods. Medieval illuminated manuscripts, fine pages from Mughal albums, the technical and artistic masterpieces from the golden age of botanical and zoological illustration - all are to be found in abundance. Selecting from this wealth of material, Ray Desmond links the stages of artistic development in east and west to contemporary cultural and scientific ideas, giving due prominence to the leading practitioners and significant achievements. In this way, the drawings are treated not only as works of art but also as products of a particular historical context, and, in the case of printed works, products of the process by which they were reproduced. The title of the book celebrates the astonishing diversity of the natural world; at the same time, many of the works illustrated may themselves be said to qualify as 'wonders of creation'." Very Good in Very Good dustwrapper. Buchnummer des Verkäufers ABE-28655
Titel: Wonders of Creation : natural history ...
Verlag: British Library, London, first edition, 1986
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