The Ocean at Home: An Illustrated History of the Aquarium

The Ocean at Home: An Illustrated History of the Aquarium

Bernd Brunner

The mysterious global underneath the ocean’s floor and its population have captivated humanity for centuries—the Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, and historic chinese language all saved fish of their houses to watch and appreciate. however it used to be no longer till the nineteenth-century invention of the aquarium that the deep was once really domesticated, delivering the curious an opportunity to create an indoor unique sea international, in miniature.

In The Ocean at Home, Bernd Brunner lines the improvement of the aquarium from the Victorian period to the current day. alongside the way in which, during this attention-grabbing background, Brunner presents perception into the cultural and social conditions that followed the aquarium’s speedy upward push in attractiveness. Brunner tells a compelling tale of obsession, discovery, and delight—from the aquarium’s foundation as a device for clinical commentary to the Victorian era’s elaborately embellished packing containers of interest, to the nice public aquariums which are renowned in towns worldwide today.

Featuring greater than a hundred illustrations, this up to date version of The Ocean at Home deals a colourful and pleasing examine how a Victorian obsession nonetheless enchants many at the present time. either the landlord of a humble goldfish bowl and the dazzled spectator at significant public aquariums will locate The Ocean at Home an beautiful and knowledgable advisor to the aquatic worlds we create.

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