Final May Sale

Mother’s day has passed, but there is still time to shop for dads and grads. Our final sale this month features two books of beautiful photography:

The Art of the Missouri Capitol and The Galápagos, both 30% off!

Use code PBH16 at our website or call 800-621-2736.

 Offer good for one week, May 23-31

Bob Priddy & Jeffrey Ball
270 illustrations
Hardcover, regularly $49.95, now $34.95

 

After fire destroyed Missouri’s capitol in 1911, voters approved a bond issue to construct a new statehouse. The tax to pay the bonds produced a one-million-dollar surplus, leaving a vast amount of money to decorate the new building. A special commission of art-minded Missourians employed some of the nation’s leading painters and sculptors to create powerful and often huge pieces of art to adorn Missouri’s most important new structure.

Priddy, a journalist, and Ball, an art historian, use a wealth of historical materials to connect the grand design of the capitol decorations with accounts of sometimes temperamental artists and meddling politicians. The authors provide historical and artistic context to explain the many surprising, controversial choices the artists made, and they use Missouri history to explain the tales depicted in the artwork, revealing the events—and inaccuracies—that the paintings bring to life.

 

The Galápagos: HessExploring Darwin’s Tapestry
John Hess
188 illustrations
Hardcover, regularly $49.95, now $34.95

With an extensive background in ornithology and evolutionary ecology, and a lifetime of experience as a naturalist and a photographer, John Hess has produced a celebration of these “Enchanted Islands.” After describing the islands’ origins and the complex of physical forces that make the Galápagos so remarkable, Hess turns his attention to the most prominent habitats on the islands and to the plants and animals found there. He then focuses on the animals most encountered by visitors, animals that Hess presents as Galápagos royalty: the flightless cormorant, the marine iguana, the Galápagos tortoise, and others. A photo essay for each of these species provides the reader with an intimate look at their physical and behavioral adaptations, and the accompanying text offers insight into their lives, showing that each of them is a unique and priceless evolutionary achievement.

The photographs are amazingly intimate, offering close-up views that bring readers into virtual contact with the animals, illustrating their behavior and apparent quirks: an albatross that takes its egg for a stroll, a seabird that can’t swim or land in the water, and a gull that has learned to fish for squid in the dark. For Hess, the Galápagos are more than a tourist attraction, more than a shrine to science—they are a place of breathless awe. His book invites readers to share his affection for the islands and his appreciation of the exquisite beauty of Darwin’s tapestry.

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