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Treasury of Fantastic and Mythological Creatures: 1,087 Renderings from Historic Sources (Dover Pictorial Archive) (英語) ペーパーバック – 1981/10/1
Drawing on centuries of history, this work is an encyclopedic collection — undoubtedly the largest royalty-free collection of its kind — of devils, dragons, mythical creatures, fanciful beasts, animal-gods, totemic figures, and other supernatural beasts from the darker regions of man's imagination. Spanning many cultures and eras, the collection ranges from prehistoric rock paintings to the drawings of Max Ernst, from the masks of black Africa to the gargoyles of Notre Dame.
This volume incudes over 1,000 renderings of designs from ancient Egypt, Greece, and the Middle East: winged lions, harpies, griffins, satyrs, dragons, and more. Medieval centuries are represented by a wealth of monsters, demons, centaurs, and other creatures from The Book of Kells, anonymous Viking artists, and the works of Hieronymus Bosch, Dürer, and others. Global in scope, this vast trove also includes hundreds of non-European imagery: papier-mache masks from Latin America, Oriental deities and demons, feathered serpents from pre-Columbian Aztec and Mayan sources, Navajo sand paintings, and more.
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On the other hand, the textual information provided is sparse and occasionally *wrong*, and some of the inclusions are questionable.
Each illustration has a one-sentence caption, varying considerably in detail provided. Some give you all the information you would need to find the source of the original illustration, some are a single word identifying the type of creature, others are somewhere in-between. It's unclear how much of this dearth of information is because of the reliance on secondary rather than original sources, and how much of it is because the author and/or his editor over-did the cutting.
Also, some of the captions are mis-assigned. Going through the book, I easily spotted several occasions where two of the illustrations on the same page were clearly given each other's captions. I only spotted this a few times but it begs the question, how many other such errors are there in the book that I didn't spot?
Finally, some of the illustrations included really don't belong. Details from Bosch paintings make sense, they're demons ("fantastical and mythological creatures") from hundreds of years ago ("from historic sources"). But there are some figures from modern art included that don't seem to belong, particularly a Picasso that's just an abstract rendering of a normal human.
It may well be more useful for its bibliography than for its content.
As someone looking for different animals and creatures for use in collage art, altered books and card making, this is a good book to add to my collection. There are certainly all manner of creatures contained within.
If you are looking for an informative archive through text, then this is certainly not the book for you. If like me, you are looking for a range of creatures; then this book has something to offer.
1,087 Renderings from Historic Sources. The publisher's note states, "use as spot illustrations or simply as a source of inspiration to designers and craftsmen." There are in excess of 150 pages of illustrations with an additional page for Bibliography with roughly 50 sources. Reviews criticize for lack of information but much is lost. It is not the norm in Dover proof reading to miss number captions. For this person the publication supplements many other publications. It is fascinating to see how advanced and different artistic renderings are from different Chinese dynasties or the similarities and differences between cultures. Rather then a starting point it might be considered important very modestly priced information that allows any direction the viewer may have. Try to create 1,087 renderings rather then 1,087 photographs. at the original publisher's suggested retail $5.95 in U.S.A. Thank You, Dover Publications and Richard Huber!