Picture Book of Humans?
November 17, 2009 11:55 AM   Subscribe

I am looking for a large picture book on anatomical differences of humans around the world...

I am looking for a large book that has lots (hundreds?) of photos or drawings of what humans look like in different parts of the world.

I am not sure if National Geographic makes anything like this? Does anyone know of such a book?

Thank you!
posted by alice_curiouse to Science & Nature (7 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
 
They're horrendously racist, but 19th and early 20th century anthropology/physiognomy texts like this should do the trick.
posted by oinopaponton at 12:10 PM on November 17, 2009


Oinopaponton -- Thank you for your help. I've seen this kind of book before but they are all old -- it seems that it is out-of-fashion to approach the spectrum of differences of the human form as something to be displayed.
posted by alice_curiouse at 12:17 PM on November 17, 2009


There's a book called People that is all about...you know.

Now, it's worth mentioning that it contains depictions of indigenous cultures around the world mixed with more modern cultures, and as such it may give kids the impression that people in New Guinea are living in a pre-modern world whereas people in the Netherlands are living in the 19th century and also there are "now people".

With that caveat, though, it's a pretty neat book as it depicts lots of national costumes and the diversity of humankind in great detail.
posted by chesty_a_arthur at 12:20 PM on November 17, 2009


Are you thinking of People, by Peter Spier?
posted by gyusan at 12:22 PM on November 17, 2009


Hah. You beat me to it, Chesty_a_arthur.

Alice_curiouse, it's a brilliant book with incredible illustrations.
posted by gyusan at 12:24 PM on November 17, 2009


Reminds me of the Metafilter post a few months ago about An Artist's Guide to Human Types.
posted by dreamyshade at 12:38 PM on November 17, 2009


Dreamyshade -- Fantastic. Thank you!
posted by alice_curiouse at 12:54 PM on November 17, 2009


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