Item #31176 Common Ptarmigan. Lagopus Mutus - Winter. D. G. ELLIOT, ANTIQUE BIRDS 1865.

Common Ptarmigan. Lagopus Mutus - Winter.

Elliot, D.G. (illus).
New York. (1864)- 1865.
Hand-colored lithograph, double elephant folio (sheet size 18 x 23 inches). Very good condition: tiny chip and soft crease to top right corner, short tears to lower left corner, these faults all well outside of image. Image is clean and bright. A strikingly attractive image of ptarmigans in the snow from "A Monograph of the Tetraoninae, or family of the grouse" by Daniel Giraud Elliot, published by the author, and lithographed and colored by Bowen & Co. in Philadelphia. Elliot "was a wealthy New Yorker who devoted much of his life to ornithological pursuits. His excellent private collection of birds formed the nucleus of the department of Ornithology at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, and he acted as emissary to purchase further collections abroad. [He was] an artist of note..." ("The Bird Illustrated" p.34). Six publications by Elliot are listed in Sitwell's "Fine Bird Books", including this one. Item #31176

Price: $950.00

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