Two Original Artist's Palette Samples for Plates From Illustrations of the Nests and Eggs of Birds of Ohio. A rare offering of two lithographed plates which have been partially painted in a tentative fashion as the artist tried different shading and color combinations in an attempt to accurately portray some element of a specific bird's nest. It is also possible that these attempts were rejected by the artist as falling short of the mark for inclusion in the book 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. Included are working examples of plate III from Volume I, the nest of the Cocoyzus Erythrophthalmus (Black-Billed Cuckoo) and Plate XVII, the nest of the Mimus Carolinensis (Catbird), also from Volume I. 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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