Wednesday, September 19, 2018

The kingdom of thousand wonders

This is a Swedish translation of the second half of a book by Karl-Erich Graebner. The original German edition must have been a mammoth volume! The quality of the photos, some in color, others in black and white, is good. The quality of the text is more varied. The book lacks overall structure, and looks like a series of short articles from some magazine geared towards a general audience. My copy contains pieces on such varied subjects as bird feeders, mistletoe, vipers, penicillin, eels and Alpine flowers. Most of the animals and plants featured seem to be European, but marine fauna is also included. Since no English translation of “Reich der Tausend Wunder” seems to exist, I'd say the market for this volume is pretty limited…

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