The Discovery of Nature
by Albert Bettex
Thames and Hudson, 1965, [First Edition], colour and black and white photographs throughout, illustrated endpapers, oversized hardcover, dustjacket
Very Good Condition, minor edge and shelf wear, minor rubbing and bumping to edges and corners, no inscriptions, price-clipped dustjacket shows a little edge and shelf wear with a little rubbing to edges and corners, some discolouration to back (see photographs)
“Dr Bettex shows us how down the centuries, in each branch of the natural sciences, myth, legend, superstition and guesswork – sometimes inspired, more often sadly wide of the mark – were transmuted by the prescience and application of dedicated men, so that the truly wondrous secrets of nature should, one by one, stand revealed.
The text takes the form of a running narrative, liberally spiced with quotations from contemporary sources, and lucid expository notes on the illustrations. These, many of them in colour and ranging from early drawings, woodcuts and etchings to the most intricate modern photographs, in themselves constitute an unique pictorial record of scientific discovery.”