Elliot, D.G. (illus).
New York. [Published by the author]. - 1865.
Lithograph with original handcolor, double elephant folio (sheet size 18 3/4 x 23 1/2 inches). 1/2 inch tear to upper and lower edge outside image area, light toning to left edge of sheet not affecting the image, a few soft creases to sheet edges from handling (only visible in raking light). At the centre of the image is a tiny (pinpoint size) spot and tiny mark; blue below upper bird's beak is slightly blotched - these all very minor, only noticeable on close examination. A strikingly attractive image of the Bridled or Panayan Tern against the background of a very atmospheric sea view 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 #56571
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