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on September 13, 2013
This contains 35 full page hand coloured plates with a 23 page illustrated introduction. In the plates section, the right hand page contains the illustration, and the left hand page is mostly blank except for the short plate description. It differs from Prestel's "Art Forms in Nature" which has around 100 hand coloured plates, with plates on both sides of the page. Google for Kunstformen der Natur (1900) to see the images in Art Forms in nature, and search for Ernst Haeckel: Die Radiolarien to see the images from Art forms from the Ocean
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on March 3, 2017
Haeckel's illustrations are phenomenal and are Uber-inspirational. As an artist, this is a book that I'll keep and use forever.
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on March 23, 2006
Radiolarians are a total blank to the majority of people, yet these remarkable builders of glass houses (microscopic to be sure) abound in the world's oceans. Ernst Haeckel, the Nineteenth Century German biologist and supporter of Darwin, wrote the most comprehensive monograph on the group in his Radiolarian Atlas of 1862, which is still in use today. The illustrations have never been surpassed and so it is certainly a boon for microscopists that the plates have now been republished in all their glory as "Art Forms from the Ocean: The Radiolarian Atlas of 1862". In many ways I wish that the text would have included descriptions of the radiolarians illustrated and their distributions, but that probably would have been of little interest to the general public. Instead there is a discussion of Haeckel's life and work, especially of his involvement with radiolarians and other microscopic marine life.

Still, for the price this is a real bargain, and I thus recommend this book just for the plates to any amateur or professional biologist who is interested in the micro planktonic organisms of the ocean.
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on December 15, 2012
The quality of the drawings are outstanding.
Anyone who likes nature must have this book.
Another complementary book is "Art forms in nature", from the same author (Ernst Haeckel).

Buy this two books. You will not regret it. :)
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on May 2, 2014
The forms drawn by Ernst Haeckel are incredible. This book is one of several depicting his work. I have 2, and hope to purchase more. I use them for ideas in creating art.
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on March 19, 2013
Ernst Haeckel will be an inspiration to your artwork. Radiolarian are one celled creatures of the ocean that are truly beautiful in their individual patterns.
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on September 11, 2013
Great compilation of Ernst Haeckel's work of Radiolarians and other amazing creatures. I recommend you purchase Art Forms of Nature if you enjoy his work.
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on June 22, 2016
Awesome book.
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on September 18, 2015
all Ernst Haeckel art books are superb
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on October 27, 2014
Excellent reference for illustrators!
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