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The Oxford book of creatures / edited by Fleur Adcock and Jacqueline Simms.

Contributor(s): Adcock, Fleur [editor] | Simms, Jacqueline, 1940- [editor]
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1955Description: xi, 387 pages : illustrations ; 23 cmContent type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 0192142267 (acidfree paper)Other title: Book of creaturesSubject(s): AnimalsDDC classification: 808.8/0362 LOC classification: PN6071.A7 | O94 1995Online resources: Publisher description | Contributor biographical information Summary: '...selects from the work of naturalists, both professional and amateur, explorers, philosophers, novelists, children's writers, diarists, and, outstandingly, poets. It covers many periods and countries....[It] is arranged thematically, and embraces the function and beauty of the design and movement of creatures, their various habitats, mating and rearing of young, work (both for their own communities and when harnessed to man's purposes), and their roles as prey and predator; extinct species are included, and fabulous or invented ones. About 250 creatures, from the least significant to the most majestic, can be found....'
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Includes indexes.

Prologue: Reflections. Design. Procreation. Habitat. Companionship. Talkers. Workers. Habits. Red in tooth and claw. Monsters. Death and extinction. Epilogue: Celebration

'...selects from the work of naturalists, both professional and amateur, explorers, philosophers, novelists, children's writers, diarists, and, outstandingly, poets. It covers many periods and countries....[It] is arranged thematically, and embraces the function and beauty of the design and movement of creatures, their various habitats, mating and rearing of young, work (both for their own communities and when harnessed to man's purposes), and their roles as prey and predator; extinct species are included, and fabulous or invented ones. About 250 creatures, from the least significant to the most majestic, can be found....'

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