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    The Author / Publisher's Copy of His Monumental Work, Of Birds and Texas

    Scott and Stuart Gentling. Of Birds and Texas. Fort Worth: Gentling Editions, 1986. Limited edition, an unnumbered copy of 500 copies signed by Scott Gentling, Stuart Gentling, and John Graves. On the verso of this signed limitation page, there is an ink stamp: "Signed posthumously with signature stamp for/SCOTT GENTLING and/or STUART GENTLING./Issued by the Gentling Estate/[actual signature of Suzanne Gentling]/Suzanne Gentling, Gentling Estate". This copy comes directly from the estate of Scott Gentling. Elephant folio. Approximately 22 x 28 inches. [xiii], [124]. Plates reckoned within pagination. Consisting of two portfolios containing of the original fifty gorgeous offset lithographic color plates of Texas birds and landscapes painted by Fort Worth artists Scott and Stuart Gentling, with commentary by the twin artists preceding each plate. Included in this monumental work is Texas author John Graves' humorous and very personal eleven-sheet essay entitled "Recollections of a Texas Bird Glimpser." This is a physically impressive set, dedicated to the memory of John James Audubon. The sheets of plates and text are arranged in two linen-covered portfolios which are placed in a linen-covered box (23" x 29" x 2.75"), crafted by Austin's Jensen Bindery. All plates and text are printed on the recto of each sheet. Portfolio One consists of impressive Texas landscape plates numbered I through X. Preliminary sheets, including the forward written by Harry Tennison and the introduction by Stuart Gentling, are numbered v through xii; the remaining sheets, which include the plates, are numbered 1 through 32.

    The second portfolio contains 92 sheets of text or plates, numbered only on the text leaves but comprising [33]-[124], including plates XI through L. The plates contain a varied assortment of Texas fowl, mostly life-sized, such as the turkey vulture, cattle egret, wild turkey, snow goose, bufflehead duck, mockingbird, and bobwhite quail. The birds are set in various regional and seasonal Texas backgrounds, such as woodlands, farm scenes, swamplands, and beaches. From the estate of Scott and Stuart Gentling.

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    The Gentling twins began work on this massive project in 1976. Eight years later - and with the collaboration of Graves (author of Goodbye to a River), Craig Jensen's bindery, and David Holman of Wind River Press in Austin - they finally concluded this landmark project, certainly one of the greatest ornithological works to come from Texas. It comes in its original shipping box and is in fine condition.

    From the estate of wildlife painter and publisher Scott Gentling (1942-2011). Scott Gentling also painted the official gubernatorial portrait of George W. Bush in 2002.

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