Life Through the Ages, 1946.
By Charles R. Knight.
I remember borrowing this book from the library during my elementary
school days. As noted in Czerkas
"For this book [Knight] incorporated a set of charcoal drawings made in
1940 which were widely circulated among
other artists for reference purposes." The book also contains
several black and white copies of Knight's paintings of
prehistoric animals. Also included are a number of charcoal
drawings of living animals. Note that only four of the
illustrations in the book are of dinosaurs (well, five if you include
the illustration with the Archaeopteryx, below).
Maybe for this reason I am always disappointed when I look at this book.
A commemorative issue of this book was published in 2001 and can be
bought for less than $10 at used book websites.
Original copies of this book are often listed for sale at prices
ranging from $75 to $200 or more. Do not pay this
amount! Take your time, as nice copies occasionally show up for
far less. I purchased my copy in very nice condition,
with dust jacket, for $25.
Rhamphorhynchus and Archeopteryx eying each other. A similar
composition, albeit in color, is included in the
"Parade of Life Through the Ages" article in the February, 1942 issue
of National Geographic magazine. Get a
copy of this issue, by the way.