Our review of 'A Field Guide to East London Wildlife' from publishers Hoxton Mini Press.
Hoxton Mini Press is an independent publisher established in 2013 by Martin Usborne and Ann Waldvogel. They publish a range of collectible art books and prints. They’ve already built up an impressive selection of books – most notably a range of photography books featuring residents of East London.
A Field Guide to East London Wildlife by Ian McDonnell & Harry Ades is their first foray into illustrated books (108pp; 165mm x 115mm, Paperback).
The book features 19th Century style etchings with a contemporary twist. These etchings are incredibly detailed and have been cleverly adapted from original etchings by Ian McDonnell.
The cover of the book features an etching of a fox that’s been rummaging in the bins for food, simple typography and a restrained splash of gold foil on the title and publishers name. Inside the front cover you’ll discover a fold out etching of a pigeon flying over the City of London and Canary Wharf. The back cover features a fold out map of London that highlights locations you’re likely to spot the wildlife featured within the book.
Inside the book
Each animal featured within the book is represented by a beautiful (often humorous) etching eg. ‘Chicken’ is represented by an etching of Dixie Chicken packaging filled with chicken bones. Alongside each animal is a short description.© Hoxton Mini Press
There are also three ‘Absolute Essentials’ (interesting facts) for each animal.
Who should buy this book?
The book will obviously appeal to East Londoners and would make a great gift for any East London friends (ideal stocking filler with Christmas coming up…).
However, with so many wonderful etchings inside I feel that this book will also appeal to anyone with an interest in illustration, especially animal related artwork. Hoxton Mini Press clearly love their East London home but the animals and descriptions within this book will be familiar to anyone that lives in a built-up, urban area (Definitely worth a purchase for the artwork alone).
This is a great little book, nicely designed and featuring some really outstanding artwork.