September 05, 2021

Terra Ultima book on shortlist Jan Wolkers prize.

The Jan Wolkers Prize is awarded annually for the best book about nature published in the Netherlands. The book ‘Terra Ultima’ has been been nominated by the jury and placed on a shortlist among 4 other publications.

The jury wrote the following about ‘Terra Ultima’:

“The book is a rare and beautiful report full of newcomers to the animal kingdom captured by the hand of a master….With his skilled drawing pen, Deleo playfully and intelligently refers to his colleagues from history, such as John James Audubon, John Gould and Charles Darwin…Terra Ultima is not only a new authoritative guide, but also a celebration of wonder and imagination.”

In radio show “Vroege Vogels” Deleo was interviewed by Rob Buiter in nature reserve the Biesbosch, together with his colleague and archivist Noah J. Stern.

The interview can be heard here.

Fully deserved, The magnificent book by Hans Mulder entitled “De ontdekking van de natuur” was eventually awarded best book of the year.

Raoul Deleo in a canoe in nature reserve The Biesbosch (photo by Rob Buiter) and interviewed by Henny Radstaak in The Hortus Botanicus Leiden