Natural History Illustration
Eating the Sun: Small Musings on a Vast Universe
Eating the Sun
Small Musings on a Vast Universe
Hardcover      ISBN: 0143133160
Winner of the 2019 Whirling Prize

"Strong on science but just this side of poetry." --Nature

A beautifully illustrated exploration of the principles, laws, and wonders that rule our universe, our world, and our daily lives, from the New York Times bestselling creator of Lost in Translation

Have you ever found yourself wondering what we might have in common with stars, or why the Moon never leaves us? Thinking about the precise dancing of planets, the passing of time, or the nature of natural things?

Our world is full of unshakable mystery, and although we live in a civilization more complicated than ever, there is simplicity and reassurance to be found in knowing how and why.

From the New York Times bestselling creator of Lost in Translation, Eating the Sun is a delicately existential, beautifully illustrated, and welcoming exploration of the universe--one that examines and marvels at the astonishing principles, laws, and phenomena that we exist alongside, that we sit within.

" A] lyrical and luminous celebration of science and our consanguinity with the universe. . . . Playful and poignant." --Brain Pickings
The Empire of the Eagle: An Illustrated Natural History
The Empire of the Eagle
An Illustrated Natural History
Hardcover      ISBN: 0300232896
A lavishly illustrated celebration of each of the world's sixty-eight currently recognized eagle species in all their magnificence and beguiling diversity

Eagles hold a unique allure among birds for their combination of power, grace, and predatory prowess. Captivating the human imagination, these raptors have symbolized pride, freedom, and independence of spirit since humankind's earliest times. This book, unlike any previous volume, encompasses each of the world's sixty-eight currently recognized eagle species, from the huge Steller's Sea-eagle that soars above Japan's winter ice floes to the diminutive Little Eagle that hunts over the Australian outback. Mike Unwin's vivid and authoritative descriptions combined with stunning photographs taken or curated by David Tipling deliver a fascinating and awe-inspiring volume.

Featuring chapters organized by habitat, the book investigates the lifestyle and unique adaptations of each eagle species, as well as the significance of eagles in world cultures and the threats they face from humans. A gorgeous appreciation of eagles, this book will dazzle both eye and imagination.
Exotic Botanical Illustration: With the Eden Project
Exotic Botanical Illustration
With the Eden Project
Hardcover      ISBN: 1849940312
Rosie Martin and Meriel Thurstan--who run the popular botanical painting course at the Eden Project--have created a practical, inspirational guide, with all the how-tos of capturing flowers, fruits, and vegetables on paper. They cover everything from familiar bananas and pineapples to extraordinary orchids and carnivorous plants, explaining the drawing process with plenty of exercises, step-by-step projects, worksheets, color swatches, sketches, and stunning paintings. Exotic Botanical Illustration is a master class in vivid colors, complex textures, and the pleasing challenges of unusual forms.

Field Sketching
Field Sketching
by Leslie
Paperback      ISBN: 0787205796
Four Seasons of Flowers: A Selection of Botanical Illustrations from the Rare Book Collection at Dumbarton Oaks
Four Seasons of Flowers
A Selection of Botanical Illustrations from the Rare Book Collection at Dumbarton Oaks
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0884023842
Four Seasons of Flowers is an illustrated volume that presents a selection of the manuscripts, herbals, and printed botanical texts from the Rare Book Collection at Dumbarton Oaks. Representing pivotal works in the intellectual history of Europe from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries, these drawings, books, and manuscripts are among the most significant materials conserved in the Rare Book Reading Room. They offer an illuminating overview of the history of botany as a modern science, from its inception to the present day. Each text is accompanied by a remarkable set of botanical illustrations. Their scientific accuracy and aesthetic beauty testify to the importance of the visual image once the efficacy of the printing press as an instrument for the furtherance of knowledge in the sciences and technology--from anatomy to zoology and from astronomy to botany--had been fully recognized. Botanical illustrations constitute an indispensable source of information for historians of not only botanical sciences but also garden and landscape architecture, thus shedding light on the study of plants in different periods, as well as on the evolution of the visual arts in areas where the representation of the plant world played a central role.

Hidden Museum: A Cabinet of Curiosities
Hidden Museum
A Cabinet of Curiosities
Hardcover      ISBN: 1908714395

Hidden Museum presents a cabinet of curiosities--from scientific specimens to antique objet d'art. Behind each intricate illustration in red hides another illustration in blue, which reveals the true nature of the item. Wave the red cellophane magnifying glass over the rock to reveal the geode beneath, or the skull behind the head of the bird. An index at the back explains the scientific significance of each object. A beautiful gift book with a luxurious vintage feel that feels full of mystery and intrigue.

How to Know the Birds: The Art and Adventure of Birding
How to Know the Birds
The Art and Adventure of Birding
Hardcover      ISBN: 1426220030
Become a better birder with brief portraits of 200 top North American birds. This friendly, relatable book is a celebration of the art, science, and delights of bird-watching.

How to Know the Birds introduces a new, holistic approach to bird-watching, by noting how behaviors, settings, and seasonal cycles connect with shape, song, color, gender, age distinctions, and other features traditionally used to identify species. With short essays on 200 observable species, expert author Ted Floyd guides us through a year of becoming a better birder, each species representing another useful lesson: from explaining scientific nomenclature to noting how plumage changes with age, from chronicling migration patterns to noting hatchling habits. Dozens of endearing pencil sketches accompany Floyd's charming prose, making this book a unique blend of narrative and field guide. A pleasure for birders of all ages, this witty book promises solid lessons for the beginner and smiles of recognition for the seasoned nature lover.
Illustrating Nature: How to Paint and Draw Plants and Animals
Illustrating Nature
How to Paint and Draw Plants and Animals
Paperback      ISBN: 048629921x

The thrill of recapturing scenes from nature can translate into a rewarding career or an invigorating pastime. Both professionals and hobbyists will benefit from this expert, step-by-step guide, which shows how to draw every aspect of nature, from lush swampland vegetation to shy forest dwellers and even prehistoric creatures.
You'll find expert discussions of a variety of media -- pencil, watercolors, oils, acrylics, scratch board, and pen-and-ink -- along with practical advice on how to choose the best method of portraying a particular subject, especially for book or magazine illustration. The authors also consider the difficulties of combining artistic effect with scientific accuracy in rendering color, texture, and form. Helpful individual demonstration projects carefully guide the reader toward mastery of specific techniques.
Enhanced with over 400 illustrations and a wealth of tips and suggestions for improving style and presentation, this book is a rich and engaging resource for amateurs and professionals alike.

Inventing Edward Lear
Inventing Edward Lear
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 0674971159

"Inventing Edward Lear is an exceptional, valuable, original study, presenting new materials on aspects of Lear's life and work."
--Jenny Uglow, author of Mr. Lear and The Lunar Men

Edward Lear wrote some of the best-loved poems in English, including "The Owl and the Pussycat," but the father of nonsense was far more than a poet. He was a naturalist, a brilliant landscape painter, an experimental travel writer, and an accomplished composer. Sara Lodge presents the fullest account yet of Lear's passionate engagement in the intellectual, social, and cultural life of his times.

Lear had a difficult start in life. He was epileptic, asthmatic, and depressive, but even as a child a consummate performer who projected himself into others' affections. He became, by John James Audubon's estimate, one of the greatest ornithological artists of the age. Queen Victoria--an admirer--chose him to be her painting teacher. He popularized the limerick, set Tennyson's verse to music, and opened fresh doors for children and adults to share fantasies of magical escape. Lodge draws on diaries, letters, and new archival sources to paint a vivid picture of Lear that explores his musical influences, his religious nonconformity, his relationship with the Pre-Raphaelite movement, and the connections between his scientific and artistic work. He invented himself as a character: awkward but funny, absurdly sympathetic. In Lodge's hands, Lear emerges as a dynamic and irreverent polymath whose conversation continues to draw us in.

Inventing Edward Lear is an original and moving account of one of the most intriguing and creative of all Victorians.

John Reeves: Pioneering Collector of Chinese Plants and Botanical Art
John Reeves
Pioneering Collector of Chinese Plants and Botanical Art
Hardcover      ISBN: 1788840313

This is the story of the Reeves Collection of botanical paintings, the result of one man's single-minded dedication to commissioning pictures and gathering plants for the Horticultural Society of London. Reeves went to China in 1812 and immediately on arrival started sending back snippets of information about manufactures, plants and poetry, goods, gods and tea to Sir Joseph Banks. Slightly later, he also started collecting for the Society but despite years of work collecting, labeling and packing plants and organizing a team of Chinese artists until he left China in 1831, Reeves never enjoyed the same degree of recognition as other naturalists in China. This was possibly because he had a demanding job as a tea inspector. Reeves himself never claimed to be a professional naturalist and the plant collecting and painting supervision were undertaken in his own time. Furthermore, fan qui (foreign devils) were restricted to the port area of Canton and to Macau, so that plant-hunting expeditions further afield were impossible. Furthermore, Reeves never published an account of his life in the country, unlike Clarke Abel and Robert Fortune, but he left us some letters, notebooks, drawings and maps. The Collection is held at the Royal Horticultural Society's Lindley Library in Vincent Square, London. It is a magnificent achievement. Not only are the pictures accurate and richly colored plant portraits of plants then unknown in the West, but they stand as a record of plants being cultivated in nineteenth-century Canton and Macau. In John Reeves: Pioneering Collector of Chinese Plants and Botanical Art, Kate Bailey reveals John Reeves' life as an East India Company tea inspector in nineteenth-century China and shows how he managed to collect and document thousands of Chinese natural history drawings, far more than anyone else at the time.