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Vintage Dinosaur Art: The World of Dinosaurs – Part 1

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This must be one of those ‘how in the Jack Horner haven’t we covered it yet?’ books – The World of Dinosaurs, published in 1977 by Book Club Associates (“by arrangement with Weidenfeld and Nicholson”) and written by Michael Tweedie. Just when you think you’ve exhausted every post-1970, chunky, full-colour illustrated dinosaur encyclopedia, up pops another one. And it’s quite something, boasting artwork featuring a wide range of prehistoric animals – although predominantly dinosaurs, of course – mostly provided by…

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Vintage Dinosaur Art: Dinosaurs (Read About It)

Vintage Dinosaur Art

There are few better ways of encouraging children to read than giving them a book about dinosaurs, and so our favourite sauropsid clade feels like a perfect fit for the Read About It series of books, educational titles with (seemingly) the specific aim of building young children’s reading skills. I was completely unfamiliar with this 1970s series before happening upon this book on eBay – unlike the similar Ladybird non-fiction books, these apparently didn’t persist into my mostly 1990s childhood.…

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Vintage Dinosaur Art: Prehistoric Animals (Octopus) – Part 3

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By the popular demand of at least a couple of people, let’s have one last look at Prehistoric Animals (see parts one and two for dinosaurs and mostly Palaeozoic non-dinosaurs, respectively). It’s the mammals’ turn! Granted, there are an awful lot of models of fish in here too, which is quite remarkable for a book like this; but they’re fish. Sorry, fish fans. On with those smelly mammals, then. Most of the models in the Cenozoic section of the book…

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Vintage Dinosaur Art: Prehistoric Animals (Octopus) – Part 2

Vintage Dinosaur Art

In my first post on this book, I exclusively looked at model dinosaurs, most of which were created by Arthur Hayward. (This is Vintage Dinosaur Art, after all.) However, ignoring the many, many models of other prehistoric animals would be doing the book a great disservice, especially because – surprise – Hayward sculpted rather a lot of them too. He even turned his hand to the odd giant ocean-going arthropod, as shown below… Yes, it’s Pterygotus, a “particularly cruel-looking” (in…

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Triceratops by Arthur Hayward

Vintage Dinosaur Art: Prehistoric Animals (Octopus) – Part 1

Vintage Dinosaur Art

I’m really not sure how this one managed to evade my attention for so long, but here it is, finally – Prehistoric Animals: The Extraordinary Story of Life before Man, written by Ellis Owen and published by Octopus in 1975. It’s unusual in that the palaeoart within it consists almost entirely of photographs of models, many of them created by the renowned Arthur Hayward, who worked not only for the Natural History Museum in London (then the British Museum (Natural…

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Vintage Dinosaur Art: Prehistoric Animals (by Peter Zallinger)

Vintage Dinosaur Art

There’s a tendency in children’s publishing to give any book that features a range of prehistoric animals – including dinosaurs – a title that literally places the word ‘dinosaurs’ above all else, in a huge typeface, often followed by a much smaller “and the prehistoric world” or “and other prehistoric animals”. It’s a tendency I’ve alluded to on a number of occasions by referring to ‘otherprehistoricanimals’ appearing in books, as if they’re an afterthought. Well, not here! For this 1978…

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Vintage Dinosaur Art: Dinosaurs (St Michael) – Part 2

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Back we go into the wonderfully Bernard Robinson-illustrated world of 1978’s Dinosaurs, from St Michael (aka Marks and Spencer). Except this time, we’re actually looking at the art from this book that wasn’t provided by Robinson, but is instead attributed to various agencies. It’s a shame that we can’t put specific names to pieces, but at least the illustrations themselves are often good fun. Like this one. The above illustration forms part of a series that is intended to illustrate…

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Vintage Dinosaur Art: Dinosaurs (St Michael) – Part 1

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Not so long ago, I looked at a book sold under a supermarket brand (in the UK at least), and now here’s one that was published under the banner of the British department store chain, Marks and Spencer. Or at least, under their St Michael sub-brand, which I remember from my childhood, but doesn’t seem to be used by them anymore. In any case, it’s another book that’s considerably better than it has any right to be, and not least…

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Vintage Dinosaur Art: A natural history of Dinosaurs – Part 2

Vintage Dinosaur Art

Last time around, we had a look at various illustrations of theropods from 1977’s A natural history of Dinosaurs (this edition being from 1978), authored by Richard Moody and involving an assortment of artists. While theropods are obviously the Best Dinosaurs, I’m aware that there are people out there – strange people, no doubt – who are more interested in ornithischians (or non-theropod ornithoscelidilians, if you prefer) and sauropods. So here they are! Starting with a very early sauropodomorph with…

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Vintage Dinosaur Art: A natural history of Dinosaurs – Part 1

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Although it was during the early 1990s when I first became interested in dinosaurs and dinosaur art, much of what was floating around back then had been produced decades prior. This only intensified when A Certain Movie came along, and everyone rushed out whatever dinosaur-festooned tat and half-hearted books they could to cash in. If a publisher happened to have the rights to some old dinosaur paintings from back in the ’70s then, well, that was easy money. As such,…

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