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A Bestiary of the Bizarre

Christopher Dell


A dark yet engrossing visual history of fearsome beasts from every age and culture in art, mythology and legend

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Monsters have preoccupied mankind from the earliest times: even cave art includes animal–human monsters. Certainly monsters were present in the ancient religions of Egypt and Mesopotamia; the Old Testament describes the giant land and sea monsters Behemoth and Leviathan, while in the world of Classical mythology, monsters embody the fantasies of the gods and the cruellest punishments of human beings.

This book explores monsters down the ages and throughout the world. It provides a visual history of the human mind, lit up by flashes of wild and unearthly inspiration.

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'A mis-matched zoo of mind-boggling creations from minotaurs through golems to mermaids, from sphinxes to sirens and shapeshifting nightmares … takes us to the edge of the cultural map'
The Times

'This nightmarish bestiary is sure to stir the bloodthirsty imaginations of nice boys and girls everywhere'
V&A Magazine

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Book Details

Format: PLC (no jacket)

Edition Type: Compact edition

Size: 17.0 x 12.0 cm

Extent: 216 pp

Illustrations: 161

Publication date: 11 August 2016

ISBN: 9780500292556

Contents List

Introduction • Gods and Monsters • Devils and Demons • Magical Monsters • Dragons and Flying Monsters • Water Monsters • Transformations and Hybrids • Ghosts and Ghouls • Monsters of Folklore • How to Fight Monsters • Off the Edge of the Map

About the Author

Christopher Dell holds a degree in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute, London. He has written and edited many bestselling titles on art and visual culture, including Freemasonry, Mythology, Monsters, What Makes a Masterpiece? and The Occult, Witchcraft & Magic, all published by Thames & Hudson.

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