I wish to make a plea in behalf of the educational value of natural history museums.
So wrote Barton Warren Evermann, the Director of the California Academy of Sciences, in the January 1918 issue of Scientific Monthly. Evermann’s article, “Modern Natural History Museums and Their Relation to Public Education”, was 30+ pages of text and photos in support of his plea.
Evermann did not mention the California condor in his article. However, I have acquired original guide books published by 4 museums that do refer to the condor.
What is the name for the images in books that mark beginnings of chapters, fill blank spaces at the end of chapters, or appear in the margins?
A couple minutes of research turned up the terms embellishment, flourish, and ornament. I also learned that these images are part of the art program for a book.
What I will call embellishments are found in both fiction and non-fiction books. In this post, I present examples of condors as embellishments from 6 books.
My search for historical information concerning the California condor sometimes leads me to books that I soon appreciate for reasons in addition to their “condor content”.
One such book is Nature and Science on the Pacific Coast, published in 1915 by Paul Elder and edited by Joseph Grinnell.
Here are 8 fine illustrations of the California condor from children’s books.
This post presents images of the California condor from the covers of books. All of these books consider the condor but none are entirely focused on the species.
This collection of book cover images is not just about the artistic representation of the California condor. It is significant that images of the condor were selected for the covers of these books. Many other subjects relevant to each book’s content would have made for suitable covers.
The 8 photos shown in this post offer diverse views of the California condor. These photos are all from books published 2000-2013.
Zoos have long offered guides to their resident animals. My library now includes 3 early guides to zoos that once counted the California condor among their residents. Here is a look.