London: Spring Books, No date. 4to. 47 pp text; 60 full page plates (many in color) with desciption facing each plate. Translated by Dr. Greta Horn. Cream linen in publilsher's color illustrated dustjacket. A fine copy in near fine dustjacket (small loss to spine head; crease and short closed tear to upper edge). Item #19532
Zden k Michael František Burian (1905 - 1981) was a Czech painter, book illustrator and palaeoartist whose work played a central role in the development of palaeontological reconstruction. Man of his early paintings appeared in a series of large format books with text by Augusta, the first of which, Prehistoric Animals, was originally published in Czechoslovakia by Artia (1956) and later in many other countries including Italy, France, Germany, England and Japan. The late S.J. Gould, who was an enthusiast of the work of Charles R. Knight, described it as one of the 20th Century's three most influential visual books on prehistory (many would argue that it was the most influential).