Shells: A Collector's Colour Guide

 
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A photographic album of one of the world's best shell collections with commentary by professional in the field. The book includes a survey of shell history, their formation, their connection with nature, art, architecture and other disciplines.

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This wonderful book is full of commonsense and should be a "must" for anyone thinking of adopting. Can help prevent the many problems it seeks to fix... It's a worthwhile read for anyone with a dog. An informative and educational resource... The photos are vivid and easy to follow.. and information is easy to locate. [Starred review] Full-color photos throughout, this book should be readable and understandable to even the first-time dog owner. Highly recommended. Offers [over] 200 full-page photographs of shells on black backgrounds and examines how their geometrical structures have inspired classical architecture. The latest in Firefly's stunning photographic series depicting natural objects as objets d'art. Stunning ... rich full-page colour and detail ... shells dancing, twirling and rolling across the pages.--Barbara Julian"Times-Colonist" (02/03/2008) The real treasure of this book is more than 300 pages of heart-stopping photographs.--Laurence A. Marschall"Natural History" (01/01/2008) It's been said before but it bears repeating: The imagination is no match for nature. You'll believe it after seeing the array of full-page photographs in Shells... These 300-plus portraits -- and they are nothing less -- reveal each specimen's intimate character.... This cleanly designed tome deserves a permanent place on any beachcomber's shelf. Examines the intricate details of the seashore's bounty. The book offers more than 200 full-page photographs of shells on black backgrounds and examines how their geometrical structures have inspired classical architecture. Can a mollusk shell constitute "art"? Assuredly yes, if the pleasure to be derived from these pages is any guide.--John Arkelian"Artsforum" (09/30/2008) An extraordinary collection of mollusks ... More than 300 color photographs by Paul Starosta capture the delicate colors and intricate shapes of these forms.--Bill Thompson"The Post and Courier (Charleston SC)" (12/09/2007) Stunning... The biology of phylum Mollusca is tidily summarized in the introductory pages, and then we are into the rich full-page colour and detail such as Firefly has provided in past years for seeds, pollen and other miracles of nature. Starosta's pictures show shells dancing, twirling and rolling across the pages, or standing like decorated sentries, frilled toys and impenetrable shields. We feel their textures with our eyes, and find their identities and characteristics recorded in the key at the end of the book.--Barbara Julian"Times-Colonist" (02/03/2008) With 300 stunning colour photographs and illustrations, this is a wonderful book for anyone who loves to collect shells.... An elegant addition to any coffee table or library.--Liz Grogan"Good Times" (10/01/2007) No matter what your motivation may be, Shells will be a valuable addition to the library of anyone interested in the marvelous beauty and intricate structural features of these incredible works of nature. It is a stunning photo essay of these remarkable creatures.... Over 300 high-quality, full-color photographs orf shells from every ocean of the world document the beauty and diversity of these architectural wonders.... Each photograph reveals a wealth of structural detail, highlighting the magnificent splendor of shells as well as their intrinsic construction; every shell is revealed as a unique and perfect masterpiece of nature.--Danny A. Brass"National Speleological Society, Florida Regional N" (08/01/2008) A stunning photo essay of these remarkable creatures....Over 300 high-quality, full-color photographs of shells from every ocean document the beauty and diversity of these architectural wonders.... Every shell is revealed as a unique and perfect masterpiece of nature.--Danny A. Brass"Underwater Speleology" (08/01/2008)

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Paul Starosta is a biologist as well as a master photographer. He has published more than 30 books on plants and animals. Jacques Senders is a malacologist who specializes in diving and collecting shells. One of his previous books is An Annotated Price Catalogue of Marine Shells. Paolo Portoghesi is one of Italy's most important architects and a professor at La Sapienza University in Rome.

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