Amber: window to the past
Harry N. Abrams, Publishers, in association with the American Museum of Natural History, 1996 - Antiques & Collectibles - 216 pages
The unique properties of amber (fossilized tree resin) have long intrigued people and never more so than now. Derived from an exhibition mounted by the American Museum of Natural History in New York, this book explores thoroughly the various aspects of this semiprecious substance. The 230 amazing varied photographs and drawings, 115 in color and many never before published, illuminate the roles of amber in both nature and art.
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Amber: window to the pastUser Review - Book Verdict
This beautifully illustrated book will be popular among naturalists and artists alike. Grimaldi, chair of the American Museum of Natural History's Department of Entomology, has skillfully combined the natural history of amber with coverage of its uses throughout history in art and sculpture. He discusses the properties of various types of amber, its most common localities, the types of life it typically preserves, and examples of past forgeries. Grimaldi's discussion of objects made of amber, from pipe stems to wall murals, range from the Mesolithic era to the 19th century and include all parts of the world. Among the book's greatest strengths are the copious and outstanding photographs and illustrations of specimens and objets d'art with accompanying descriptive notes. A wide-ranging treatise that will appeal to everyone from lay readers to specialists; highly recommended.--Jeanne Davidson, Oregon State Univ. Lib., Corvallis
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A wide-ranging but accessible guide to a surprisingly interesting subject.
Preface and Acknowledgments
Deposits of the World
Frozen in the Act
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