NANFA-- "The Book of Fishes"

Bruce Stallsmith (
Sat, 18 Aug 2001 22:24:50 -0400

I picked up an interesting book in a used book store in Chattanooga on
Friday. (I didn't see Casper...) It's _The Book of Fishes_, published by the
National Geographic Society in 1939, edited by John Oliver La Gorce, VP of
the NGS. It's a collection of essays and illustrations, largely focused on
North American fishes. Many of the essay authors are now-famous scientists,
such as Charles Breder of the New York Aquarium and Leonard Schultz,
Curator of Fishes of the United States National Museum.

But the main reason I bought the book is the watercolor illustrations of the
color plates, approximately 150 of them, by an artist named Hashime
Murayama. They're exquisitely rendered in natural settings, without the fine
attention to detail of Tomelleri (or Dave Neely!) but still very
informative. Does anyone know anything about Murayama? I don't know a lot
about the history of biological illustration, but his work is really

--Bruce Stallsmith
Huntsville, AL, US of A

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