Thursday, September 5, 2013

"Walter Potter's Curious World of Taxidermy" : New Book Trailer by The Midnight Archive's Ronni Thomas and Pre-Order Information!

I am so excited to share with you this new book trailer for Walter Potter's Curious World of Taxidermy, by Dr. Pat Morris with Joanna Ebenstein, and a foreword by pop art legend Sir Peter Blake. The trailer is the work of Ronni Thomas, the mastermind behind the online series The Midnight Archive, and includes footage from his forthcoming film "Where Kittens Wed and Birds Lament: The Curious Creations of Walter Potter."

You can pre-order the book--which will be officially released on September 19th--in the UK by clicking here, and in the US by clicking here. Also, hope to see you at one of our terrific UK launch events; for those in the New York area, stay tuned for news of a book party closer to home.

 More about the book, from the official copy:

Walter Potter's Curious World of Taxidermy
By Dr Pat Morris with Joanna Ebenstein
Foreword by Sir Peter Blake (Constable and Robinson, 2013)
Enter Victorian taxidermist Walter Potter's fantasy world of rabbit schoolchildren, cigar-smoking squirrels and exemplary feline etiquette at the kittens' tea party...

Walter Potter (1835-1918), a country taxidermist of no great expertise, became famous as an icon of Victorian whimsy. His tiny museum in Bramber, Sussex, was crammed full of multi-legged kittens, two-headed lambs and a bewildering assortment of curios.
Closed in the '70s, the museum was variously re-established before being auctioned off in 2003. It was reported that a £1M bid by Damien Hirst to keep the collection intact was refused, but in 2010 many of Potter's key pieces were exhibited by the artist Sir Peter Blake at London's 'Museum of Everything', attracting over 30,000 visitors in 6 weeks. The subsequent dispersal of Potter's works has meant the loss of a truly unique Victorian legacy. Here, perhaps for the last time, the collection is preserved and celebrated with new photographs of Potter's best-loved works.

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