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Birds of Paradise: Nature, Art & History

Stunningly illustrated, comprehensive work

By: Clifford B Frith and Dawn W Frith

370 pages, 350 col illus

Clifford and Dawn Frith

Hardback | Aug 2010 | #187121 | ISBN-13: 9780646532981
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NHBS Price: £61.99 $78/€73 approx

About this book

A gloriously illustrated book that comprehensively covers the natural history of these most spectacular birds, as well as the people and artefacts surrounding the history of their discovery and their place in art and culture. The illustrations range from superb photographs of living birds to fine, rare artworks dating as far back as the 16th. century.

A comprehensive account of the natural history, record of discovery and depiction, and human appreciation of and relationships with the spectacularly beautiful birds of paradise. Written and illustrated, with over 350 images plus maps and drawings, by two dedicated world authorities who have studied and photographed the birds of paradise for over 30 years.


Contents

Foreword + Prologue + Introduction

Part I: BIRDS OF PARADISE AND THEIR NATURE

* Origins and features
* Ecology
* Courtship, mate choice and breeding

PART II: BIRDS OF PARADISE AND PEOPLE

* Traditional New Guinea culture
* The plume trade
* Collectors for museums
* Aviculture and ornithology
* Birds named after people

PART III : BIRDS OF PARADISE IN ART AND CULTURE

* Early art
* Recent art
* Contemporary artefacts


PART IV: THE BIRD OF PARADISE FAMILY

* The bird of paradise species

Appendices

Index


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