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The Natural History of British Game Birds With Eighteen Coloured Plates, seventeen Photogravures and two other Illustrations by Archibald Thorburn and J.G.Millais.
New York/Bombay/Calcutta: Longmans, Green and Co.. Original cloth with gilt lettering on spine and front board. Slightly rubbed binding. Number 501 of only 550 copies printed. Overall, but especially inside in wonderful condition. NO foxing to the illustrations.. New York/Bombay/Calcutta, Longmans, Green and Co., 1909. Folio. 142 pages. Original Hardcover. Original cloth with gilt lettering on spine and front board. Slightly rubbed binding. Number 501 of only 550 copies printed. Overall, but especially inside in wonderful condition. NO foxing to the illustrations. [Nissen 636] Includes: The Capercaillie / The Black Grouse / The Red Grouse / The Common Ptarmigan / The True Pheasants / The Common Pheasant / The Chinese Pheasant / Hagenbeck's Pheasant / The Mongolian Pheasant / The Prince of Wales's Pheasant / The Japanese Pheasant / Reeve's Pheasant / The Common Partridge / The Red-Legged Partridges / The Common Red-Legged Partridge / The Quail. John Guille Millais (24 March 1865 ?- 24 March 1931), known as "Johnny" Millais, was an English artist, naturalist, gardener and travel writer who specialised in wildlife and flower portraiture. He travelled extensively around the world in the late Victorian period detailing wildlife often for the first time. He is noted for illustrations that are of a particularly exact nature. Millais is one of the most respected of British ornithologists and bird artists producing between 1890 and 1914 a series of books on birds and other natural history subjects. In the study of ornithology he was renowned for his portraiture of wildfowl and game birds, the subjects of his three most famous works: Natural History of British Feeding Ducks;British Diving Ducks and British Game Birds. They rank amongst some of the finest work on wildfowl ever published. Each bird receives individual treatment in text and detailed exact chromolithographs, some of which are by his friend and pre-eminent bird artist of the day Archibald Thorburn (1860?-1935). Each species is represented by two or three individuals on a plate drawn in attitudes of feeding, resting and courtship. The books are lavish and with just 400 to 600 original editions published are now prized as examples of a certain type of High Victorian grandeur. Millais?' skills are essentially Victorian, as private wealth allowed him to indulge on a grand scale his passions. He was undoubtedly tenacious. His son Raoul Millais spoke of him as an "astonishing man and his power of concentration was such that once he took up a subject he never left it until he knew more about it than anyone in the World". This tenacity to get a job done to the best of abilities was never better illustrated in his preparations for Mammals of Great Britain and Ireland (1904) where he spent months with the whaling fleet in the Atlantic in order to study first hand a group of mammals that had hitherto received little attention. The work which appeared in a limited print run in 1904 also contains illustrations and chromolithographs by George Edward Lodge (1860?-1954) and Archibald Thorburn. He also wrote biographies of his father John Everett Millais and Frederick Courtney Selous. In addition there were important authoritative works on rhododendrons,azaleas and magnolias and also a number of sculptures of birds including one of fighting game birds now owned by the Horsham Museum. (Wikipedia)
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