Natural Histories: Extraordinary Rare Book Selections from the American Museum of Natural History Library

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For the first time, Natural Histories allows readers a privileged glimpse of seldom seen, fully illustrated scientific tomes from the American Museum of Natural History's Rare Book Collection--a collection of over 450,000 volumes. Forty essays from the museum's top experts in a variety of natural science disciplines, from anthropology to zoology, accompany and discuss each rare tome's unique qualities and scientific contribution. Packaged with extraordinary prints suitable for framing and facsimile items inside ...
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Overview

For the first time, Natural Histories allows readers a privileged glimpse of seldom seen, fully illustrated scientific tomes from the American Museum of Natural History's Rare Book Collection--a collection of over 450,000 volumes. Forty essays from the museum's top experts in a variety of natural science disciplines, from anthropology to zoology, accompany and discuss each rare tome's unique qualities and scientific contribution. Packaged with extraordinary prints suitable for framing and facsimile items inside bound-in envelopes, this deluxe edition will fascinate both natural science and art lovers alike.
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This elegant Sterling Signature boxed set showcases a unique, authorized selection of nature prints from the nonpareil holdings of The American Museum of Natural History Rare Book Collection. Natural Histories contains forty delicately colored prints suitable for framing; facsimile items in bound-in envelopes; and an illustrated 176-page monograph on these featured artworks.

Publishers Weekly
Digging deep into the American Museum of Natural History's Research Museum (of which he is the director), Baione and assorted essayists offer up a truly stunning collection of rare prints covering a litany of topics. Whether readers choose to focus on the 40 prints just begging for frames that are included in the box or the often breathtaking images in the book itself, they'll quickly find themselves sucked into this fantastically assembled and informative work of natural and human history. The essays focus primarily on the work of pioneering illustrators and their areas of interest (mollusks, fish, birds, Native Americans, Egyptology), offering exponential insight into the intricacies of plumage, biology, and etymology. Each profile is equal parts text and images, making for an immersive experience. The essays are brief–short biographies allowing for little more than a timeline and quick summation of key works or scientific contributions. But armchair naturalists, archeologists, and anthropologists will have a field day with this lovingly curated collection. Remarkable for its editing as well as its breadth of scope (even the binding of Victorian natural history books is studied), this gem of a book is one of the best in its class. (Nov.)
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"...a truly stunning collection of rare prints covering a litany of topics. Whether readers choose to focus on the 40 prints just begging for frames that are included in the box or the often breathtaking images in the book itself, they'll quickly find themselves sucked into this fantastically assembled and informative work of natural and human history . . . armchair naturalists, archeologists, and anthropologists will have a field day with this lovingly curated collection. Remarkable for its editing as well as its breadth of scope (even the binding of Victorian natural history books is studied), this gem of a book is one of the best in its class.” —Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

"...this collection from the AMNH is sure to please. It presents rare essays and artwork about the natural sciences along with a selection of prints for display." —TIME magazine

“Baione (dir., American Museum of Natural History Lib.) examines book illustrations found in the library of New York City's American Museum of Natural History. The volume also gathers 40 essays written by the museum's librarians, researchers, curators, and administrators. They discuss woodcuts, etchings, engravings, and lithographs from books published between the 16th and early 20th centuries on topics in the natural sciences. The book presents many full-page, color reproductions of illustrations of insects, sea animals, birds, and mammals, accompanied by historical descriptions. Also included is a 19th-century astronomical atlas and a collection of portraits of Native Americans. The museum has published many books that discuss its collections...Baione's is the first to focus on book illustrations. It is packaged with 40 frameable prints. VERDICT - Combining well-chosen reproductions and interesting essays, this book would be a great choice for readers of National Geographic and the like.” —Library Journal

" . . . a beautiful boxed set that includes a softcover book of essays and illustrations and 40 loose plates housed in an illustrated clamshell box. The plates are frame-worthy copies of some of the illustrations used in the essay volume. The writing style is directed to a general reading audience, and is appropriate for undergraduates looking for introductory information. The short essays are informative and excite interest in further study.” —Choice

Library Journal
Baione (dir., American Museum of Natural History Lib.) examines book illustrations found in the library of New York City's American Museum of Natural History. The volume also gathers 40 essays written by the museum's librarians, researchers, curators, and administrators. They discuss woodcuts, etchings, engravings, and lithographs from books published between the 16th and early 20th centuries on topics in the natural sciences. The book presents many full-page, color reproductions of illustrations of insects, sea animals, birds, and mammals, accompanied by historical descriptions. Also included is a 19th-century astronomical atlas and a collection of portraits of Native Americans. The museum has published many books that discuss its collections, the most comprehensive being Lyle Rexer and Rachel Klein's American Museum of Natural History: 125 Years of Expedition and Discovery; however, Baione's is the first to focus on book illustrations. It is packaged with 40 frameable prints. VERDICT Combining well-chosen reproductions and interesting essays, this book would be a great choice for readers of National Geographic and the like.—Eric G. Linderman, Euclid P.L., OH
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". . . a truly stunning collection . . . Remarkable for its editing as well as its breadth of scope (even the binding of Victorian natural history books is studied), this gem of a book is one of the best in its class.” —Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402791499
  • Publisher: Sterling Signature
  • Publication date: 10/2/2012
  • Series: Natural Histories Series
  • Edition description: Clamshell Box with Book & Art Prints
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 310,138
  • Product dimensions: 12.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Tom Baione is the Harold Boeschenstein Director of Library Services in the American Museum of Natural History's Library and oversees all aspects of the library's functions. An active member of the Grolier Club, Tom divides his time between Manhattan and Long Island.
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  • Posted January 8, 2013

    I gave this book as a Christmas gift and the recipient said he h

    I gave this book as a Christmas gift and the recipient said he had never seen any book like it and was thrilled to have and read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    Gave as gift, they loved it. Was hard for me to give away!

    Beautifully done

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    A beautiful gift!

    I sent this at Christmas to friends in Vermont. I received a phone call on Christmas Day with a truly excited thank you, "Oh, Nancy, You always send such unusual and interesting gifts!" They went on to say that they had framed two of the "beautiful" prints. and raved about how fascinating the book was. Based on their review .......I need to buy this book for myself!!!

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  • Posted December 26, 2012

    This is a beautiful package. I haven't read much of it yet, but

    This is a beautiful package. I haven't read much of it yet, but the prints are lovely, and the book is nicely made and includes many illustrations, both of the included prints and others. Box is very sturdy.

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