Drawn from Paradise: The Discovery, Art & Natural History of the Birds of Paradise


Drawn from Paradise: The Discovery, Art & Natural History of the Birds of Paradise Author: Format: Hardback First Published: Published By: HarperCollins Publishers
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Pages: 256 Illustrations and other contents: (over 200 full colour illustrations/artwork) ISBN: 9780007487615 Categories: ,

This book surveys the paintings made by some of the greatest of natural history artists in western Europe from the C16 onward, as they struggled to picture the reality of birds they had never seen alive. It also tells the story of how the several dozen species of this enigmatic and exquisitely beautiful family were eventually discovered in the forests of remote New Guinea.

Weight1.85 kg



‘The book is as sumptuous as the birds themselves, a celebration of birds that have haunted the human imagination for half a millennium.’ Simon Barnes, The Times ‘Brilliant’ Guardian ‘A worthy inheritor of Alistair Cooke’ Telegraph ‘The nation’s favourite wildlife broadcaster’ The Times

Author Biography

David Attenborough is one of the world’s leading television broadcasters. His interest in the Birds of Paradise began at a very early age, leading to various expeditions to New Guinea to see them in the wild. The award-winning documentary Attenborough in Paradise fulfilled a dream to record in the wild the courtship display of these magnificent birds. Errol Fuller is well known for his books on extinction and extinct species, as well as an artist and collector of natural history material. He is passionate about the Birds of Paradise.