For 185 years Deyrolle of Paris has been the world's most incredible and exquisite taxidermy shop, serving aristocrats, explorers, scientists and collectors in a setting that's a cross between a Savile Row tailor and a museum of natural history.
Now Deyrolle's blue-blooded owner, Prince Louis Albert de Broglie, has put together an amazing, captivating book about his world-famous boutique in A Parisian Cabinet of Curiosities: Deyrolle, published by Flammarion and now available to order on Amazon.
Deyrolle's dazzling array of preserved flora and fauna, taxidermy, and "otherworldly creations" dedicated to showcasing the beauty of nature is on display in the beautifully-photographed slipcased volume. It's the next best thing to an actual visit to the shop.
It also encapsulates the rich history of the place, which has been patronized over the years by the likes of Salvador Dali, Vladimir Nabokov and too many royal personages to name. And with very few exceptions, no animal mounted at Deyrolle has died an unnatural death, meaning you can enjoy the tableaux guilt-free.
The modern-day Deyrolle, situated in Paris' 7th arrondissement, combines science and art, natural beauty, and "socially conscious engagement", helping to raise awareness for wildlife conservation around the world. But whatever your motivation this is a stunning addition to any library.