A Swarm, a Flock, a Host

A Swarm, a Flock, a Host A Compendium of Creatures

Hardback (19 Mar 2013) | English

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Originating in the Middle Ages, bestiaries were illustrated volumes that described various animals - some real, some mystical. The natural history and illustration of each beast was usually accompanied by a moral lesson. In this beautifully illustrated book, renowned painter Darren Waterston and distinguished poet Mark Doty come together to breathe new life into the medieval genre. Waterston's precise and haunting silhouettes depict species from insect to bird to mammal, captured in motion as they hunt their prey, build their nests, or protect their young. Accompanying these illustrations are Doty's poetic observations on the wonders of the animal world - its panoply of sounds and shapes, its dignity and its cruelty. Lovers of art, animals, and poetry will delight in this elegant volume that captures nature's exquisite and terrible beauty.

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Prestel is one of the world's leading illustrated book publishers with a stunning list of beautifully crafted books on all aspects of art, architecture, photography and design. From the latest pop culture and fashion to major exhibition catalogues, Prestel ensures that quality reigns throughout everything they publish. Prestel is the publisher for art lovers, designers and those with an eye for beauty - young and old alike, Prestel appeals to all those with a passion for visual culture.

Book information

ISBN: 9783791347578
Publisher: Prestel
Imprint: Prestel
Pub date:
DEWEY: 759.13
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 112
Weight: 499g
Height: 178mm
Width: 235mm
Spine width: 18mm