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The Book of Beasts : Being a Translation…

The Book of Beasts : Being a Translation from a Latin Bestiary of the… (1954)

by Terence Hanbury White

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Like most reference books, this should be picked at rather then read cover-to-cover ( )
  aulsmith | Oct 5, 2015 |
This is an invaluable reference for any Medievalist - it was actually a required book for at least one of my courses. I used it extensively in my art history and literature classes at college to understand the symbolism of each animal. ( )
  kschlumpf | Mar 25, 2008 |
A fascinating translation of a 12th century bestiary. ( )
  WingedWolf | Aug 3, 2006 |
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Leo the Lion, mightiest of beasts, will stand up to anybody.
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A preeminent medievalist presents a wonderful catalog of real and fanciful beasts, including the manticore, griffin, phoenix, amphivius, jaculus, and many other exotic animals. White's witty, erudite commentary on scientific and historical aspects enhances this survey of proto-zoology on which science is based and pre-scientific perceptions of the earth's creatures. 128 black-and-white illustrations.

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Those with the courage to open this book will find a collection of the most hideous beasts from ancient and modern myth to ever have walked the earth. These brawling, battling beasts have fought their way through time and are captured in this lavishly illustrated compendium, their crimes and isdemeanours listed for all to see. 28 extraordinary beasts, in five categories, are depicted in breath taking detail by two of the most respected science fiction illustrators in the UK. Find out how to identify, track, attack and slay each monster and compare and contrast their beast rating with an at-a-glance guide. Each chapter features an incredible 'line up' showing the beasts in their hideous glory, as they are captured and charged with crimes against their mythical foes, as well as an action packed battle scene, pitching the most fearsome enemies against one another in a terrifying fight for supremacy. Richly detailed illustrations turn the monsters of myth into reality. Creatures you've never seen before are captured here in lavish style. Gruesome facts and dramatic scenes will engross even the most reluctant reader!… (more)

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