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Birds: Mini Edition: The Art of Ornithology

Written by Jonathan Elphick, Foreword by Dr. Robert Prys-Jones

  • May 13, 2008
  • Hardcover
  • Nature - Birds & Birdwatching
  • Rizzoli
  • 5 x 6
  • $19.95
  • $24.95
  • 978-0-8478-3134-0

About This Book

This breathtaking collection of important and beautiful ornithological art from London’s Natural History Museum traces its development from the Renaissance through the scientific approach favored in the Age of Exploration. Included are brilliantly reproduced artworks by the world’s great naturalists and scientists such as Audubon and Humboldt, along with the legion of Victorian explorers who catalogued the world’s avifauna before photography finally prevailed as the primary means of recording the natural world. The lively and informative text tells how ornithological art grew out of the naturalistic tradition of European painting to become a genre of its own where the artist’s focus on aesthetics was married to the scientist’s need for precision and detail. Weaving together science, art history, biography, and travel, it paints a wondrous picture of a bygone world of artist-scientists, exotic birds, and faraway lands, making it truly the perfect gift for anyone who loves vintage prints and drawings or has an interest in nature or birding.

About the Author

Jonathan Elphick has a degree in zoology and is a popular writer, journalist, and broadcaster specializing in natural history and science. His Birdwatchers’ Handbook (BBC Books, 2001) is now in its second edition and won Bird Watching Magazine’s 1997 award for best field guide.

Reviews

  • "If you are someone who combines an appreciation of art with an enjoyment of wild birds, you will find this book sweet." ~Maine Antique Digest

    "If your knowledge of bird art is limited to Audubon, Sibley and Peterson, the parade of characters who walk across its pages will be a revelation." ~The New York Times

    "...any birder or artist would enjoy this book as an inexpensive gift with the holidays coming up, and the volume will surely fit snugly into a Christmas stocking." ~10000birds.com
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