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Edward Lear, The Parrots: The Complete Plates: Willmann, Francesco; Willmann, Sophia; Solinas, ...

Edward Lear, The Parrots: The Complete Plates

Willmann, Francesco; Willmann, Sophia; Solinas, Rainer

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ISBN 10: 3822852740 / ISBN 13: 9783822852743
Published by Taschen America Llc, Germany, 2009
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ISBN:3822852740. [Elephant Folio] [42] leaves of plates, in portfolio. ill.(col.) + 32p booklet. 2009 Reprint of the 1832 Edward Lear's set of 42 hand-coloured lithographs, together with a 32 page explanatory booklet. New in Publisher Shrinkwraped 13.5 x 1.5 x 20 inches Art Box. Completed when he was just 20, Edward Lear's 42 hand-colored lithographs still stand as the finest images of the parrot family ever produced, and an unsurpassed monument in the history of scientific illustration. New in Publisher Shrinkwraped 13.5 x 1.5 x 20 inches Art Box. SHRINKWRAPPED, SECURELY PACKAGED, FULLY INSURED, SHIPPED WORLDWIDE. Bookseller Inventory # 107353

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Title: Edward Lear, The Parrots: The Complete ...

Publisher: Taschen America Llc, Germany

Publication Date: 2009

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Edition: 2009 Reprint Edition.

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Brilliant Plumage, Exquisite Technique: An unsurpassed monument in the history of scientific illustration
Edward Lear may be best known for his nonsense verse, but in his early years he excelled as an illustrator of birds and reptiles. This set of 42 hand-colored lithographs, originally entitled Illustrations of the Family of Psittacidae, or Parrots, was the finest achievement of his relatively brief career as a natural history draftsman, before failing eyesight led him to concentrate on his writing.

During Lear’s time, live parrots were rare and much sought-after, bought and sold for large sums by wealthy amateurs of natural history, and prized by 19th century European aristocracy for their astonishing plumage and mimickry of the human voice. Naturally, fine drawings of them were also highly prized. One of the first collections entirely dedicated to the species, Parrots includes African, Australian, and American parrots bred by eminent ornithologists such as Sir William Jardine and Prideaux John Selby, who sponsored Lear, inspiring and directing his work. Unlike other avian illustrators who often worked with stuffed birds, the young and prodigiously talented Lear (1812–1888) made his drawings from live parrots, capturing their expressions and movements in remarkably lifelike illustrations. The new medium of hand-colored lithography facilitated the vivid elegance of Lear’s work.

This exquisite collection was originally reproduced in only 175 precious sets and sold by subscription to Britain’s most eminent scholars and wealthy collectors of living parrots. The Psittacidae established Lear as a celebrated illustrator, and professor of drawing to the young Queen Victoria. With a brief zoological introduction and written descriptions of each bird, TASCHEN’s perfect reprint brings Lear’s parrots back to life for all to admire.

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Francesco Solinas, born in Rome and educated at the University of Pisa, is Maitre de Conferences at the College de France, Paris. He is the author of numerous books, catalogues and essays on 17th century Roman art and culture, as well as works on Italian aristocratic collections of the Medici, Barberini, Frescobaldi and Theodoli.
Sophia Willmann studied biology, and specializes in the behaviour of marine organisms. In 2007 she took part in whale research at the Port Elizabeth Museum, South Africa. She is also the author of children s books that focus on biology.
Rainer Willmann holds a chair in zoology at Gottingen University, is director of its Zoological Museum, and is co-founder of its Centre for Biodiversity and Ecology Research. A specialist in phlogenetics and evolution, he conducts research into biodiversity and its history.

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