Phaidon to publish ‘Animal: Exploring the Zoological World’ on 1 October 2018

On 1 October 2018, Phaidon will publish, Animal: Exploring the Zoological World, a fascinating new book exploring the captivating visual history of humankind’s fascination with animals.

Highlighting the extraordinary diversity of life on earth, the visually-stunning 300+ image book will combine manuscripts, paintings, prints and illustrations with photographs and digital renderings to bring the zoological world vividly to life.

James Hanken, the Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology at Harvard University and director of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, has written the introduction and the entries have been selected by an international panel of zoologists, curators, academics and specialists.



Animal will present the best scientific, artistic, political and documentary records of animals, real and mythic. It will span history, from the Lion Man of Hohlenstein-Stadel – the oldest known zoomorphic sculpture – to present day discoveries of new species. Animal will capture the birth of natural history, the developments in wildlife photography, and in an age of prolific discovery and when we are considering the planet and our impact on it more and more, this timely book will examine historic and modern day extinction along with conservation, pollution and environmental issues.

Animal will also showcase the work of lesser-known female zoologists alongside some of history’s most renowned artists including Vincent van Gogh, Lucian Freud and Louise Bourgeois; and will place wildlife photographers’ most animated images alongside natural history drawings by 19th century explorers as well as four new works that have been created for the book including a 3-D rendering of the Natural History Museum’s Stegasaurus ‘Sophie’.

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