The Explorer Collection

Explore the universe, the human body, the botanical and animal world through 1500 stunning works of art

Phaidon Editors


Price: CAD$389.75 CAD$253.30

This collection includes:

Animal: Exploring the Zoological World: Explore the beauty and diversity of the animal world through more than 300 captivating images from across time and from every corner of the globe.

Animal: Exploring the Zoological World is a visually stunning and broad-ranging survey that explores and celebrates humankind's ongoing fascination with animals. Since our very first moments on Earth, we have been compelled to make images of the curious beasts around us - whether as sources of food, danger, wonder, power, scientific significance or companionship. This carefully curated selection of images, chosen by an international panel of experts, delves into our shared past to tell the story of animal life.

Universe: Exploring the Astronomical World: A groundbreaking survey that celebrates the popular subject of astronomy through 300 images created by those who have tried to understand - or who have been inspired by – the beauty and mystery of stars, planets, and beyond. Carefully chosen by an international panel of experts and arranged to highlight thought-provoking contrasts and similarities, the selection includes paintings, photographs, sculpture, animation, prints, sketches, and digital renderings with iconic works by renowned photographers, artists, and astronomers alongside previously unpublished finds.

Map: Exploring The World: 300 stunning maps from all periods and from all around the world, exploring and revealing what maps tell us about history and ourselves.

Selected by an international panel of cartographers, academics, map dealers and collectors, the maps represent over 5,000 years of cartographic innovation drawing on a range of cultures and traditions.

Plant: Exploring the Botanical World: The ultimate gift for gardeners and art-lovers, featuring 300 of the most beautiful and pioneering botanical images ever.

This fresh and visually stunning survey celebrates the extraordinary beauty and diversity of plants. It combines photographs and cutting-edge micrograph scans with watercolours, drawings, and prints to bring this universally popular and captivating subject vividly to life. Carefully selected by an international panel of experts and arranged in a uniquely structured sequence to highlight thought-provoking contrasts and similarities, this stunning compilation of botanically themed images includes iconic work by celebrated artists, photographers, scientists, and botanical illustrators, as well as rare and previously unpublished images.

Anatomy: Exploring the Human Body: A stunning tribute to our eternal fascination with the human body

Anatomy: Exploring the Human Body is a visually compelling survey of more than 5,000 years of image-making. Through 300 remarkable works, selected and curated by an international panel of anatomists, curators, academics, and specialists, the book chronicles the intriguing visual history of human anatomy, showcasing its amazing complexity and our ongoing fascination with the systems and functions of our bodies. Exploring individual parts of the human body from head to toe, and revealing the intricate functions of body systems, such as the nerves, muscles, organs, digestive system, brain, and senses, this authoritative book presents iconic examples alongside rarely seen, breathtaking works. The 300 entries are arranged with juxtapositions of contrasting and complementary illustrations to allow for thought-provoking, lively, and stimulating reading.


Format: Hardback
Size: 290 x 250 mm (11 3/8 x 9 7/8 in)
Pages: 1544 pp
Illustrations: 1200 illustrations
ISBN: 9780714879543

Conceived and edited by Phaidon Editors

Universe: Exploring the Astronomical World:

"Our interaction with the night sky doesn't just influence science; it affects all aspects of human culture. This beautifully produced book presents hundreds of "responses to the cosmos"... The images are organised in a non-chronological sequence. [...] This juxtaposition is very effective at breaking down apparent barriers between art and astronomy... The introduction to the book by eminent astronomer Paul Murdin is a model of clarity... This book is an overwhelming (and rather moving) reminder of how humans have always been, and continue to be, inspired by the night sky." —BBC Sky At Night, Five Star Review

Map: Exploring The World:

"An unprecedented collection of remarkable maps and tales of adventure, discovery and innovation."—Ranulph Fiennes, Explorer and Writer

"Map is an exquisite record of the miles and the millennia"—NPR

"The book successfully juxtaposes sets of maps in a provocative manner, replete with substantial descriptions and contextual captions... Presents humanity's quest for a sense of place in a way that invites even a casual reader to savor its pages over a rain-soaked afternoon."—Forbes.com

Plant: Exploring the Botanical World:

"Celebrates the beauty and diversity of plants from around the world across all media - from murals in ancient Greece to a Napoleonic-era rose print and cutting-edge scans." —The Guardian

"A glorious visual compendium of plants and flowers that spans thousands of years." —Atlas Obscura


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