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Sea Creatures in Glass

The Blaschka Marine Animals at Harvard

Elizabeth R. Brill and Florian Huber

    ISBN: 978 1 78551 043 4

    Size: 222 x 222 mm (8 ¾ x 8 ¾ in.)

    Binding: Paperback

    Pages: 112

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    Date published: September, 2016

    UK £16.5 /US $24.95


  • Published to celebrate Harvard University’s new restoration and permanent display of these exquisite glass marine objects, still relevant to marine study today.
  • First publication featuring any of the models from this exceptional collection, the second largest in the world.


Delicate jellyfish and anemones, octopus, tentacled squid, and bizarre-looking soft-bodied sea creatures were meticulously recreated in glass by father and son artists Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka in the late nineteenth century. Renowned for their beauty and exacting detail, the Blaschka invertebrate models were commissioned by universities and museums throughout the world as teaching models for students of natural science and marine life. Illustrated here for the first time with breathtaking new photography are 60 of the most exquisite models from the exceptional collection of Harvard University’s Museum of Comparative Zoology. Together with Harvard’s famous Glass Flowers, a new exhibit of these restored glass animals now comprises the largest Blaschka collection on display in the world.  Bursting with intricate details and stunning photography, this elegantly designed book will be a must for all those interested in marine biology, the delicate art of glass craftsmanship, the history of science, and the quiet beauty of the natural world.

Author information

Elizabeth R. Brill brings singular expertise to her work as Preservation Specialist of Blaschka marine invertebrates by combining backgrounds in both marine ecology and the art of flame working

Florian Huber is a philosopher and historian of science at Leuphana University, Germany, investigating the story of the Blaschka models at the intersection of art, science, and crafts.

David O. Brown works worldwide as a producer, writer, and cameraman specializing in marine and aquatic subjects.