Prehistoric Animals - First Printing



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A beautiful copy of this sixty year old volume in the famous Augusta-Burian prehistoric life series. This volume is devoted to the dinosaurs.

From the dustjacket:

Most people think of prehistoric animals in terms of the strange skeletons we see in our museums. But, of course, they once inhabited our earth, living out their lives in an environment as different from ours as they were themselves different from the animals we know today.

In this fascinating book Professor Augusta makes them and their world come to life before us. He carries us with him through the long story of how life developed from its earliest forms, how plants conquered the dry land; how animals emerged from the waters; and the changes they incurred in the process. He describes the variations that took place in the Earth's crust, and the resulting effects upon flora and fauna.

Perhaps the author's greatest assets are his ability to convey the significance of vast numbers and huge sizes, and the way he succeeds in linking the distant past of our planet with our modern life.

Here is no mere illustrated list of forbidding names. Professor Augusta tells us of the most recent scientific theories on the subject, and explains them in a way as delightful as it is simple. We are invited not only to marvel at the great and fearsome beasts of prey but also to admire and understand the manifold life with which we share the Earth.

The pictures of the painter Zdenék Burian are the outcome of a long cooperation of a scholar with an artist, who under the author's direction combined scientific exactitude with artistic skill.

The film "Journey to the Primeval Age", based upon this book, won the Grand Prix of Films for the Young at the Venice Film Festival in 1955, and also First Prize at the Mannheim Film Festival, 1955.


Zdenek Burian
Joseph Augusta

Condition & Attributes

Prev owner's name and date Feb. 1957 neatly written on the front free endpaper otherwise Fine in Near Fine dustjacket (light wear to dustjacket) in remnants of cardboard slipcase (split along the seams)



Publishing Information

Spring Books

Physical Description

14 inches
10 inches
47 pages + 60 plates pages
30 color and 30 black & white plates