Tuesday, October 5, 2010
The Book of Birds
I love books about birds. Recently a blogging friend took one of these kinds of books and created a wall of bird art from a Vintage book of birds.
These two volumes are The First Work Presenting in Full Color all the major species of the United States and Canada. Each book measures 10 1/4 x 7 inches. Volume I is 345 pages, plus an index. Volume II is 363 pages, plus an index.
When I found these lovely editions, I was taken with the many color illustrations as well as the black and white photographs, maps and renderings of birds.
Volume One contains, diving birds, ocean birds, swimmers, wading birds, wild fowl, birds of prey game birds shore birds.
Volume Two contains, owls, woodpeckers, flycatchers, crown jays, orioles, creepers, thrushes, swallows, tanagers, wrens, warblers, hummingbirds, finches and sparrows.
National Geographic Society, Washington D. C., 1937. Hardcover. Grosvenor Gilbert editor. Wetmore Alexander, National Geographic Society.
Illustrated by Major Allan Brooks (illustrator). Green cloth hardbacks are tightly bound with no marks. End papers of both are Flyways of North America.
Each contains its own Index and Book II contains a section of Interesting Recoveries of Banded Birds.
950 color portraits by Major Allan Brooks as well as numerous black and white illustrations and photographs.
I have a collection of bird books on my mantle alongside nests, and all things nesting, which I enjoy.
These two books are a treasure, whether used for decorating your coffee table, for the bird watcher as reference, or using them to take the prints inside these volumes to frame and hang on the wall.
I just added these two volumes to my etsy shop For The Love of Old Books.
Hope you enjoyed listening to the sounds of lovely birds.