Essays and Plates of Rare Book Selections from the American Museum of Natural History Library
By Paul Sweet (Author), American Museum of Natural History (Author)
Extraordinary Birds follows the success of Natural Histories, and is the next compendium in this well-received series that marries art and thought-provoking science. American Museum of Natural History ornithologist Paul Sweet takes readers on a migratory journey across the globe, introducing them to unique and exquisite birds, as well as to groundbreaking avian studies from the past 500 years. Featuring 40 frameable prints and an equal number of fascinating, in-depth essays, this stunning collection gives bird lovers a precious look at illustrated ornithological monographs from the museum's Rare Book Collections.
Praise for Natural Histories:
"...a truly stunning collection of rare prints covering a litany of topics. [Readers will] quickly find themselves sucked into this fantastically assembled and informative work . . . 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
ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)
Paul Sweet was born in Bristol, England and has been interested in Natural History for as long as he can remember. After completing a degree in Zoology at the University of Liverpool, he traveled extensively in the Americas and Asia for several years before working in the Raffles Museum in Singapore. In 1991 he moved to New York to work at the American Museum of Natural History where he is now the Collection Manager of the Ornithology Department, the largest bird collection in the world. During his tenure at the Museum, he has participated in many museum expeditions to countries such as Vietnam, Central African Republic, Venezuela, Argentina and the Solomon Islands.
Peter Capainolo is the Senior Scientific Assistant in the Department of Ornithology at AMNH and an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Biology at The City College of the City University of New York. He is the author of How Fast Can A Falcon Dive?: Fascinating Answers To Questions About Birds Of Prey published by Rutgers University Press. Capainolo lives in Long Island, NY.