|Tom Baione, ed.|
|Pages/Publication Date:||176 / 2012|
The American Museum of Natural History contains over 450,000 books, some of which are so rare that they are almost never seen by the public. Offering a privileged view, here are more than 200 of their illustrations, including images of constellations and tropical birds, butterflies and mollusks. Forty essays by such figures as Neil deGrasse Tyson and Richard Ellis add to our understanding of each rare tome's unique qualities and scientific contributions. The book is housed in a sturdy, hinged case, which also contains 40 frameable 8½ x 11 inch prints on cardstock, with vintage images of a Native American chief, an octopus, and Louis Renard's outlandish depictions of exotic fish.