John James Audubon: Watercolours for the Birds of America - Edited by Annette Blaugrund & Theodore E. StebbinsLondon & New York : Herbert Press, New-York Historical Society, 1993, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the top corners of the binding. Previous owners' name to the second blank. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise.
Catalogue entries by Carole Anne Slatkin with the essays by Theodore E. Stebbins. Contains: Colour plates; Colour frontispiece;
From the cover: “John James Audubon’s magnificent Birds of America has enchanted art and nature lovers ever since its first publication over 150 years ago. Naturalist, ec-centric and tireless entrepreneur, and outstanding artist, Audubon devoted his life to finding, identifying, and depicting North America’s birds. As artist, his supreme talent of simulating life in the birds he painted while maintaining ornithological accuracy gave his work a dramatic quality that has never been surpassed. He is one of the great bird painters of all time.
Almost without exception successive editions of The Birds of America (and individual prints) have been reproduced from engravings of the original watercolours. For this book, the watercolours themselves — which have recently undergone conservation treatment — are reproduced. Today’s advanced photographic and printing techniques have been used for the first time to reveal the brilliant colours and glorious details of Audubon’s own rarely seen work before adaptation or modification of the images by the engraver. All the original watercolours are here (as well as other outstanding pieces that have never been published before), with 95 given full-page display alongside extensive ornithological and artistic information.
The book’s text has been contributed by some of America’s foremost art historians, conservators, and Audubon scholars. Topics ranging from Audubon’s life and art to The New-York Historical Society’s technical studies of the watercolours are explored in a series of scholarly but very readable essays.”