Animal Mineral Vegetable 5


    © 2019
  • Dimensions (in inches): 3.38 x 4.5 x 1.75
  • Materials:book board, dyed book cloth, paper, mica, ebony, copper foil, thread, plexiglass, insect and dried plant specimens
  • Collection of: Baylor University Libraries Special Collections


This is a five page book using some mica that is remarkably clear and without the green or gray cast that larger sheets often have. The pages have two different cut patterns that alternate. Bound across the spine with shaped ebony covers. Presented in a custom box with a cast acrylic platform, under which a scarab beetle specimen is housed.

The common elements in the Animal, Mineral, Vegetable are primarily material based. The pages are made from thin sheets of mica which limits the size and shape of the books in the series. As the specimens must flatten between the mica sheets, the animal elements are mostly feathers, bits of snake skin, butterfly and moth wings. It is far easier to flatten plant material elements so there is a bigger variety in the vegetable category. All have hardwood covers, most of the pages edges are wrapped with copper foil and all are housed in custom boxes.