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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (Oct. 24 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060537183
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060537180
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 20.6 x 23.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 816 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,008,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peale, who founded America's first scientific museum in Philadelphia in 1784, taught himself the art of taxidermy. Read the first page
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Something for everyone! Nov. 13 2004
By Alexander George - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a beautifully produced book, as carefully designed as a "coffee table" book, but without the cumbersome size and off-putting price. The book will appeal both to those with a cabinet-of-wonders curiosity and to those who are more interested in the scientific relevance of this great museum's holdings. Aside from its production, there are three great stars to the book. First, its writing: clear, humorous, informative and narratively driven. Second, its photographs: gorgeous, telling, often interestingly angled. Finally, its selection: a wide-ranging collection of different kinds of objects with very varied histories and significances. -- Again, everyone will find something in this book, and most people will find a lot indeed.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
A Treasure to Read and See!!! Nov. 5 2004
By Elizabeth Kochvar - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
In an age increasingly dominated by TV and the Internet, it's great to find

a book that both captures your imagination and caters to people with a short

attention span!!! The Rarest is a series of fascinating stories wrapped

around artifacts from the Harvard Museum of Natural History. The coolest

thing about this book is that each story is self-contained. Just open the

book to a random page and get the skinny on "The Last Wolf Nose." Flip to

another section and learn about "The Mastadon Murder." If you have kids who

like to learn about nature, these little vignettes are perfect educational

bedtime stories. Photos are beautiful.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Darwin Mayr Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a gem of a book. A rare combination of science, history, and photography. The book presents the history of Harvard's Museum of Natural History and the great scientific treasures it holds. Nancy Pick's wonderful writing style includes historical information on how the specimens came into the collection and on the scientific importance of these specimens. You get to see material collected by Lewis and Clark, Captain Cook, Darwin, Nabokov, and many, many others. There is something here for everybody: birds, insects, orchids, mammals, fishes, reptiles, etc. This is truly an outstanding book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
More than a mere listing or summary outline of specimens March 11 2005
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Museum enthusiasts and natural history buffs alike will find the museum stories in The Rarest of the Rare: Stories Behind the Treasures at the Harvard Museum of Natural History are enhanced with nearly a hundred color photos by Mark Sloan as images accompany descriptions for some of the unusual specimens housed at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, with Nancy Pick explaining the special importance of each. The Rarest Of The Rare is more than a mere listing or summary outline of specimens as author Nancy Pick reveals just how the item was collected and where, as well as noting the diverse financial and collector contributors who often performed extraordinary feats to get the specimen to the museum.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A delightful and entertaining book Dec 6 2004
By Bill Rhodes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The Rarest of the Rare is an excellent and entertaining look at many of the truly unique and historically-significant treasures found at the Harvard Museum. It is very well written, with just enough information to capture your attention and imagination, but not so much as to be boring; together with the exceptional photographs, this makes for a wonderful addition to any natural history or museum buff's library.