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The Species Seekers

Heroes, Fools, and the Mad Pursuit of Life on Earth

Richard Conniff (Author)

Overview | Inside the Book

"This beautifully written book has the verve of an adventure story." —Wall Street Journal

From the mid-eighteenth century to the early twentieth, a colorful band of amateur naturalists explored the most perilous corners of the planet to discover new life-forms. Amid globe-spanning tales of adventure, Richard Conniff recounts a dramatic historical shift, as humans finally discovered the pantheon of life on Earth-and our place within it.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • November 2011
  • ISBN 978-0-393-34132-4
  • 5.5 × 8.2 in / 464 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

Endorsements & Reviews

“An anecdotal romp through the strange history of naturalism. Absurd characters, exciting discoveries, and fierce rivalries abound.” — Outside Magazine

“[V]aluable not only for collecting a wealth of available designs from the Nordic countries in one place, but for delving into what Scandinavian design actually is, mainly by discussing each country's history and thereby presenting what they uniquely contribute to the larger category of design that is Scandinavian furniture.” — New Scientist

“[T]his book demonstrates that the spare, modernist designs of the last century translate perfectly for the homes of this one.” — Christian Science Monitor

“500 carefully selected designs that also include the most up-to-date pieces that constitute the current revival in Nordic design….Recommended.” — BBC Focus

“[E]xcellent…[P]lenty of context…to appreciate how Scandinavian furniture defined a past era, and how it will likely define the future” — Kirkus Reviews

“[This] history of the ‘great age of discovery’ is spellbinding.” — Publishers Weekly

“[A]n outstanding reference, not to be missed by any with an interest in Scandinavia and its interior design arts.” — Carl Zimmer, author of Parasite Rex

“Scandinavian furniture is an important element of…design history…it is impossible to imagine its being given a more thorough or…attractive presentation.” — Bernd Heinrich, author of The Nesting Season

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