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The Book of barely imagined beings : a 21st century bestiary

Author: Caspar Henderson
Publisher: Chicago, Ill. ; London : University of Chicago Press, 2012. ©2013, ©2012
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In the spirit of medieval bestiaries, presents a series of bizarre creatures that are very much a part of the real world, including the honey badger, giant squid, axolotl, zebrafish, waterbear, and yeti crab.
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Genre/Form: Miscellanea
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Caspar Henderson
ISBN: 9780226044705 022604470X
OCLC Number: 812081246
Notes: Originally published: London : Granta Books, 2012.
Description: xix, 427 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Contents: Axolotl --
Barrel sponge --
Crown of thorns starfish --
Dolphin --
Eel --
Flatworm --
Gonodactylus --
Human --
Iridogorgia --
Japanese macaque --
Kìrìphá-kò, the honey badger --
Leatherback --
Mystaceus --
Nautilus --
Octopus --
Pufferfish --
Quetzalcoatlus --
Right whale --
Sea butterfly --
Thorny devil --
'Unicorn' : the goblin shark --
Venus's girdle --
Waterbear --
Xenoglaux --
Xenophyophore --
Yeti crab --
Zebra fish.
Responsibility: Caspar Henderson.

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In the spirit of medieval bestiaries, presents a series of bizarre creatures that are very much a part of the real world, including the honey badger, giant squid, axolotl, zebrafish, waterbear, and yeti crab.

"From medieval bestiaries to Borges's Book of Imaginary Beings, we've long been enchanted by extraordinary animals, be they terrifying three-headed dogs or asps impervious to a snake charmer's song. But bestiaries are more than just zany zoology--they are artful attempts to convey broader beliefs about human beings and the natural order. Today, we no longer fear sea monsters or banshees. But from the infamous honey badger to the giant squid, animals continue to captivate us with the things they can do and the things they cannot, what we know about them and what we don't. From medieval bestiaries to Borges's Book of Imaginary Beings, we've long been enchanted by extraordinary animals, be they terrifying three-headed dogs or asps impervious to a snake charmer's song. But bestiaries are more than just zany zoology--they are artful attempts to convey broader beliefs about human beings and the natural order. Today, we no longer fear sea monsters or banshees. But from the infamous honey badger to the giant squid, animals continue to captivate us with the things they can do and the things they cannot, what we know about them and what we don't. With The Book of Barely Imagined Beings, Caspar Henderson offers readers a fascinating, beautifully produced modern-day menagerie. But whereas medieval bestiaries were often based on folklore and myth, the creatures that abound in Henderson's book--from the axolotl to the zebrafish--are, with one exception, very much with us, albeit sometimes in depleted numbers."--Publisher's description.

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