Gallus Sonneratii (Grey Junglefowl)

Daniel Giraud Elliot

Published by New York, 1872
Condition: Near Fine No Binding
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Daniel Giraud Elliot (1835-1915) was an American zoologist and a founding member of the American Museum of Natural History in New York and the American Ornithologists’ Union. Elliot was a noted figure in the nineteenth century scientific community for his talent as an artist and his collection of ornithological specimens, thought to be the of the finest in private collection. Elliot traveled throughout Europe and Asia studying and collecting. Through his own financing, Elliot was able to produce numerous comprehensive color-plate books on birds and mammals, without having to concede size or quality. Considered the highest achievement of Elliot’s career, he published two volumes of “A Monograph of the Phasianidae” from 1870-1872. The monograph was issued in six parts and contains over 80 extraordinarily detailed and beautiful plates. The superb plates from Daniel Giraud Elliot’s “A Monograph of the Phasianidae or Family of Pheasants” display the outstanding attention to detail and skill of the author as well as the artists Joseph Wolf, Joseph Smith and John Gerrard Keulemans, whom worked with Elliot on many of the prints. This lithograph, Gallus Sonneratii, measures 19.5” x 24.25”, and is in excellent condition with a torn bottom right corner. Commonly called Grey Junglefowl, these birds are expertly hand-colored, the male in vibrant shades extending from head to tail-feather. The wattle and crown of the male is vibrant red, whereas his body is rich with color and patterns of blue, white, red, yellow and purple. The female Grey Junglefowl is more plain in color but has intricate patterns throughout her feathers in shades of black, brown and a white patterned underside. These pheasants are seen walking through a lush grassy area, similar to their own natural habitats. Bookseller Inventory # ad0809e

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Title: Gallus Sonneratii (Grey Junglefowl)

Publisher: New York

Publication Date: 1872

Binding: No Binding

Book Condition:Near Fine

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