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The Arts and Crafts of the Animals

Illustrator-Clay Lancaster

ISBN 10: 1892106078 / ISBN 13: 9781892106070
Published by Warwick Publications, 1993
Condition: Near Fine
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Signed by Author inscribed and signed on front fly, 7 1/2 inches, 62 pages, illustrations, suggested books for further reading, illustrated card cover. From the library of Paul Irwin, then president of The Humane Society of the United States. Damage (likely from sticker removal) at upper edge of front panel, otherwise fine. Bookseller Inventory # 080318008a

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Title: The Arts and Crafts of the Animals

Publisher: Warwick Publications

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: Unknown Binding

Book Condition:Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

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Creative endeavors and self-expression play a role in the life of the other animals much as they do in that of humans. Building shelters is a universal procedure, and the so-called lower animals utilize processed materials (like concrete and paper) as readily as raw materials (such as sticks, stones, wood, and straw). Spiders spin silk strands that may be thick or thin, rigid or elastic, and dry or adhesive. They line their burrows with soft silk cloth. Tailorbirds sew and weaverbirds plait their nests. Ant and bee colonies surpass human social systems in the excellent way they divide labor and rotate jobs. Bird songs have territorial and lifecycle significance. Whooping cranes and storks dance in pairs, trumpet birds in community groups, and bower birds perform to entertain guests in specially constructed play houses quite separate from their nests. Beavers build dams to create ponds, and construct lodges of clay and wood on artificial islands. Bower birds paint and decorate their play houses in the wild, and chimpanzees in captivity have taken up modern abstract art.

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Clay Lancaster's interests range from architecture and the arts, to religion and philosophy, social and regional studies, to science and the place of man in Nature. The last includes the relationship between man and the other animals, with emphasis on their common traits. He has been a strict vegetarian since 1936. He had published an essay on "The Arts of the Birds and Beasts" in the Spring 1954 issue of *The Journal of the College Art Association,* which was featured in the art column of the 17 May 1954 installment of *Time* magazine. The *Journal* article later was enlarged into the present booklet, and it is illustrated by the author's drawings.

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