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By: Katrina Cook and Jonathan Elphick
224 pages, 150 col illus
From the world's great collections of ornithological art, this giant book showcases 150 exquisite and vibrant images of nature's most beautiful birds. From intricately detailed drawings of well-known birds, to vivid representations of exotic species, these paintings, sketches and plates are accompanied by extensive captions that interweave an appreciation of the illustration and artist with fascinating details about the species and its habitat.
"Birds" features original artwork from the best-known ornithological artists, including: Mark Catesby (1683-1749); Ferdinand Bauer (1760-1826); Alexander Wilson (1766-1813); Jacques Barraband (1767-1809); John James Audubon (1785-1851); William MacGillivray (1796-1852); John Gould (1804-1881); Edward Lear (1812-1888); Joseph Wolf (1820-1899); Archibald Thorburn (1860-1935); Louis Agassiz Fuertes (1874-1927); and, Charles Frederick Tunnicliffe (1901-79). This mammoth edition will not only delight bird lovers, but also those who have an appreciation of beautifully executed art.
That Birds is as enjoyable to read as to look at reflects the author's unusual combination of artistic and scientific talent the noble dimensions of Birds is itself a reminder of the heroic tradition of bird-book publishing - The Spectator exquisite paintings, sketches and plates, the book appeals to bird lovers and art fans alike...For such a big book, Birds is well worth the price tag - Sunday Express
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Katrina Cook is a curator at the Natural History Museum, London, working on one of the largest and most scientifically important collections of avian material in the world. She has a degree in Fine Art, holds a Masters research degree from the Royal College of Art, London, for her work on bird anatomy, and has a particular interest in the work of J.J. Audubon. Katrina is also a regarded bird artist and a specialist in traditional fine printing techniques, as well as a qualified bird ringer.
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