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The tortoise has been seen as an Atlas-like creature supporting the world, as the origin of music and as a philosophical paradox. Peter Young examines the tortoise in all these guises, as well as a military tactical formation, its exploitation by mariners and others for food, as ornament (in tortoiseshell), as a motif in art, and in space research. He looks at the movement away from exploitation to conservation and even the uses of the tortoise in advertising. As well as examples of species, illustrations from around the world include monuments, sculptures, coins, stamps, objets d’art, drawings, cartoons, advertisements and X-rays.
The book will appeal not only to tortoise lovers but also to readers of cultural histories around the world.
"Peter Young’s Tortoise, on the other claw, can be warmly recommended."—Jonathan Bate, The Times
"engaging...Peter Young seems to have read everything, and has uncovered tortoise lore in the most unlikely places...Tortoise is not merely a fascinating and informative read--it's a visual delight as well, with illustrations showing the use the artists of three millennia have made of tortoises to produce images as curious, comical or beatiful as the animals themselves."
2. Myths and Symbols
3. Ancient and Modern