Text by Joseph Bell, 'Metropolitan Zoo,' published by Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1985, design by Alvin Grossman.
Metropolitan Zoo is a 112 page cloth bound hardcover measuring 11 1/4" x 9 1/4". The only defect noticed is light foxing to the top edges. Otherwise, the dust jacket and book are in very good condition.
From every corner of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, wild and exotic animals of every description have been collected in the pages of this colorful book to inhabit a fascinating menagerie that could never be assembled in the average zoo. A tigress tends her cubs in a nineteenth century French painting as a lion moves majestically across a Babylonian relief. Graceful herons wade through an Islamic waterscape as playful bats fill the skies in an embroidered Chinese robe. Along with works by such well-known animal artists as Antoine-Louis Barye, Edwin Landseer, and George Stubbs, we find images created by Albrecht Durer, Hiroshige, Gaston Lachaise, Edouard Manet, and Henri Rousseau. Equally powerful are the objects from ancient Egypt, the ancient Near East, and Precolumbian America, which are intriguing both as studies of nature and as symbolic embodiment of natural forces. 150 illustrations, 111 in color.