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    Five Original Artist's Palette Instruction Plates From Illustrations of the Nests and Eggs of Birds of Ohio.

    An incredibly rare offering of five lithographed plates with artist's pencil notations indicating the proper color palette for hand-painting each example for inclusion in a work that famed ornithologist Elliot Coues described as being unequaled in "artistic skill or scientific accuracy". Illustrations of the Nests and Eggs of Birds of Ohio was privately published in 1886 by Dr. Howard Jones and Virginia Jones. Over the life of the project several artists were involved in hand-coloring the illustrations so it would be difficult to attribute these examples to a specific colorist. Each plate measures about 15 x 17.5 inches. Several have been partially painted in a tentative fashion as the artist tried different shades and color combinations in an attempt to accurately portray each egg or nest. It is obvious that these are working samples as each is rather soiled and a few have small sections trimmed or cut out. Included are working examples of plate VII from Volume I, and plates LXII, XLIV (numbered LXIV in the published volume), XLV, and XLVI in Volume II. The Jones' incredible work stands to this day as a milestone in the history of American ornithological literature and complete copies are rare, these artist working samples are rarer still.


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    June, 2009
    16th-17th Tuesday-Wednesday
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