"Drawing Bible" by Craig Nelson, with a publication date of 24 March 2006....
The suggested retail cover price is $24.99, which is much too high for basic art information, and that is reduced by Amazon to $15.99, so the book can be had for somewhat of a "bargain" price. However, I have reviewed other books that cover the same material for less still than $15.99, and more thoroughly.
The issue here is whether or not the author is providing a beginning student of art with a book of useful information. If somone wants this BIBLE of generalized information, it is certainly a personal choice. In my experience however, looking back upon all the years that I have bought books, no beginner needs a BIBLE like this, for the simple fact that all a beginner needs to learn drawing is pencil and charcoal. In Nelson's DRAWING BIBLE, the first pages introduce colored pencils, pastel chalk, pens and inks, colored inks and other media that really is beyond the "beginner" level. Therefore, I do not see that all of the above "advanced" drawing media are useful in any practical sense.
Chapter after chapter of diffuse, generalized art info follows.
There are 11 pages on perspective, and finally, by the time you study up to pages 186, 187, 188, and 189, these four pages contain some "animated" human figures. Not much to work with really.
Following the four pages on drawing the human figure in motion, pages 205 to 219 cover drawing heads and faces.
All of the figure and head & face drawing can be had in cheaper books, and it is covered better.
If one desires a general reference book on various drawing mediums and you can afford the book, it may be something you want; but I think this book is based on the assumption that people will sit and read page after page of encyclopedic information that is of no immediate use, to be stored away in memory. In fact, most students of art will use very specific information and want lots of it on a single subject, like drawing the face & figure, or landscape drawing, or architectural drawing, and this book merely covers everything briefly, so that for every single chapter's subject, you will have to go out and buy another book to cover it thoroughly.