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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, colour matched to the original illustration and then reproduced at the original plate size. A Museum Quality Limited Edition print, original size, signed, numbered and blind stamped. Indistinguishable from the original when glazed and framed.
Publication : A Monograph of the Pittidae or Family of Ant Thrushes
Author: Elliot, Daniel Giraud (1835-1915)
Prints Artist: Drawn from Nature by Elliot (24), Paul Louis Oudart (4), E. Maubert (1), A.Mesnel (1) and one unsigned
Paper size: 35.0 x 54.0 cm
Edition: The edition will be limited to 50 prints.
Certificate of Authenticity: On demand
Description: Next only to Audubon's, the Elliot works are the most valuable American bird plates' (Bennett). This is Elliot's second major work and was first issued in five parts in 1864-65 and then as a bound volume in 1865. The lithographic work was done by Bowen & Co. -- the printers of the plates for the octavo edition of Audubon's Birds of America and possibly the best colour-printers in the United States at the time -- and the 25 bird plates were after Elliot and Joseph Wolf, with William S. Morgan supplying the drawings for the two plates of eggs. This is one of only three works by Elliot produced in the United States; all of his later works were printed in Europe, although sometimes retaining a New York imprint.
- Published: 1865
- Paper Size: Paper size (540 x 350 mm)
- Content: 1 title page
1 content page with all titles of the prints
31 fine facsimiles after Elliot (24), Paul Louis Oudart (4), E. Maubert (1), A.Mesnel (1) and one unsigned
Casing: The complete set will be cased in an elegant handcrafted Solander Box covered in a special dark maroon linen.
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.
Original: 31 fine hand-coloured lithographic plates, heightened with gum arabic, after Elliot (24), Paul Louis Oudart (4), E. Maubert (1), A.Mesnel (1) and one unsigned.
A fine copy of the first edition. A rare and spectacular ornithological work, the first book by Elliot with his own illustrations, and the scarcest of his major monographs.
'Elliot was not his own painter, except among the Pittas. Early in his career, in 1863, he had brought out his book on the Pittidae, or Ant-Thrushes with plates of a delightful... character, after his own drawings.' ( Fine Bird Books ). Elliot's chosen illustrator, Paul Louis Oudart, died after completing only 3 or 4 plates, and rather than risk a hurried instruction to another artist, Elliot 'felt compelled to turn draughtsman myself' (Preface) and executed all of the other drawings, bar one each by Maubert and Mesnel. The illustrations and indeed the birds themselves represent the pinnacle of Elliot's pictorial work. When a second edition of this work was issued, most of the plates were redrawn by John Gould's artist, William Hart, and the text was completely rewritten. The Pittidae described are native to Borneo, Nepal, Ceylon, the Philippines, New Guinea, and Cambodia amongst other places. Their plumage is rendered in vibrant shades of blues, greens and reds, and the birds (many of whom are shown feeding their young) are placed against beautifully drawn landscapes. Elliot was also careful to ensure that the flowers and foliage shown in detail with the birds were appropriate for the species shown.
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 behind glass.
Durability: To ensure the durability, our facsimiles are printed on 268 g/m 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 ; even the subtle signs of character and patina the paper shows after 150 years.