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A Certified facsimile or actual-size print. We offer a true quality nobody has; and for a price nobody is offering you for a comparable quality. This print was photographed using the latest technology, with a color-checker colour matched to the original illustration and then reproduced at the original plate size. A Museum Quality Limited Edition print, actual-size, signed, numbered and blind stamped. Indistinguishable form the original when glazed and framed.
Title of the set: The Monograph of the PhasianidaeFamily of the Pheasants
Authort: Daniel Giraud Elliot (1835-1915)
Artist: Josef Mathias Wolf (1820-1899)
- Paper Size:imperial folio size ( 60.0 x 47.0 cm; 23.6 x 18.5 inches)
- Content: 1 title page
1 content page with all titles of the prints
81 plates after J. Wolf
- Casing: The complete set will be cased in an elegant handcrafted Solander Box covered in a special linen.
Limited edition : The edition will be limited to 50 complete sets.
Delivery time: As the Solander box (casing) will be made on demand by our best professional bookbinder, we must ask for a delivery time of 3-4 weeks after receiving your payment.
Source of the original : This Heritage Facsimile Edition print is made from an extremely well-preserved early museum original subscription which has been cared for in the hands of this one owner only – Teylers Museum (the oldest museum of the Netherlands).
Museum Quality: The proofs of our prints are carefully compared and corrected with the originals and the final prints always have the original size. As a result, the naked eye is unable to distinguish the originals from the facsimile prints when framed and glazed.
Durability: To ensure the durability, our facsimiles are printed on acid-free white-edged paper with archive inks. Each facsimile has it all: every incredibly fine line detail of every lithographic plate or engraving; every delicate brushstroke of every original.
Original: 79 fine hand-coloured lithographic plates, 1 folding; after Joseph Wolf by J. Smit and J.G. Keulemans, 2 uncoloured plates of generic characteristics.
The most splendid of Elliots great monographs, issued in 6 parts between June 1870 and October 1872, and described by Sitwell as 'the equal in every way to any work by Gould'. R.M. Mengel went further, noting that 'of the great nineteenth-century ornithological monographs, none save Audubon's is so sumptuous' .
The large size of the plates allied with the meticulous way in which they are coloured, gives them a magnificence which reflects the importance which Elliot attached to the Phasianidae. Of all the families in the ornithological system, he regarded it as the one most vital to the human race, 'containing within it the species that afford food for thousands of mankind, and also those which are the original source of all the domestic poultry met with throughout the civilized world.' He generously dedicated the work 'To my friend Joseph Wolf... whose unrivalled talent has graced this work with its chief attraction, and whose marvellous power of delineating animal life renders him unequalled in our time'.