Your Purchase Supports Scientific and Educational Endeavors at the
American Museum of Natural History.

Natural Histories: Opulent Oceans

$45.00 Member Price


One of the hidden gems of the American Museum of Natural History is an extensive research library that contains many unique masterworks of scientific illustration.  Forty of the Museum's rare editions about a variety of ocean life are highlighted in this monograph. Discover how these books, complete with beguiling illustrations, have played integral roles throughout the history of oceanography. In this third compendium of the Museum's Natural Histories series, Melanie L.J. Stiassny, PhD, takes you on a journey throughout the centuries and examines some of the pioneering naturalists, illustrators, and explorers who not only defined the disciplines of oceanography, but also left a stunning body of work. These works represent some of the extraordinary treasures within the Museum's Rare Book Collection. 

Included in this elegant box set:

  • Opulent Oceans, a monograph containing essays about forty books that not only define oceanography but also feature masterworks of a variety of ocean life. 
  • Forty ready-to-frame prints of reproduced artwork featured in each essay.

Author: Melanie L.J. Stiassny, PhD
Softcover: 163 pages
Publisher: Sterling Signature 2014

About the Author:
Melanie L.J. Stiassny, PhD, is the Museum's Axelrod Research Curator, Dapartment of Ichthyology, and Division of Vertebrate Zoology.