Item #31180 Cock of the Woods - Capercailzie, Tetrao Urogallus. D. G. ELLIOT, ANTIQUE BIRDS 1865.

Cock of the Woods - Capercailzie, Tetrao Urogallus.

Elliot, D.G. (illus).
New York. (1864)- 1865.
Hand-colored lithograph, double elephant folio (sheet size 18 x 23 inches). Very good condition: small area of paper loss to upper left corner, chip to lower right corner, one chip on left and right edges, one tiny edge tear, all of these minor faults well outside image area. A richly colored, strikingly attractive image of male and female capercailzie 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 #31180

Price: $765.00

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