Histoire Des Oiseaux: A History of Birds

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Birds are fascinating: when they fly, they embody freedom; their magnificent plumage displays nature's amazingly wide range of colors. F. N. Martinet first made his hand-colorized lithographs to help identify and classify the various species; they were published in the works of the leading ornithologists of the 18th century. However, they have long since been acclaimed as works of art in their own right. What makes Martinet's illustrations so special is the passion for detail, the coloring, which is especially ...
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Overview


Birds are fascinating: when they fly, they embody freedom; their magnificent plumage displays nature's amazingly wide range of colors. F. N. Martinet first made his hand-colorized lithographs to help identify and classify the various species; they were published in the works of the leading ornithologists of the 18th century. However, they have long since been acclaimed as works of art in their own right. What makes Martinet's illustrations so special is the passion for detail, the coloring, which is especially striking in the bird's plumage, and the realism of his depictions, as he preferred live rather than preserved specimens. Histoire des oiseaux brings together more than 200 bird species in one volume. Not only do these illustrations offer us a fascinating overview, they also witness a period in history as well as documenting the exceptional talent of Martinet. The illustrations are discussed by Antoine Reille, an expert in fauna, and the president of the French Union for the Conservation of Nature.
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"While this is a top pick for any bird-oriented holding, it shouldn't be missed by any arts library strong in the art and history of scientific illustration, either."

Historie Des Oiseaux

Francois Nicolas Mertinet

H. F. Ullmann

Historie Des Oiseaux comes from an illustrator who first made his hand-colored lithographs to identify various species: they became one of the classic works of ornithology in the late 1800s, achieving a status that crossed over from science to art fields. Over 200 bird species are documented in one volume, with accompanying discussions by Antoine Reille placing them in scientific and social perspective. The illustrations are provided in full-page, striking color capturing all the detail and depth of Mertinet's talents and providing gorgeous birds throughout. While this is a top pick for any bird-oriented holding, it shouldn't be missed by any arts library strong in the art and history of scientific illustration, either.

- Diane Donovan, California Bookwatch

Histoire des Oiseaux: A History of Birds

François Nicolas Martinet

h.f.ullmann $69.99 ISBN-13: 978-3833161780

This lush volume will be of great interest to birders, art lovers, and naturalists. Comprising some 200 color plates, the book contains just a fraction of the total output of 18th-century engraver to the French royal household, Nicolas Martinet. He produced, for example, all 1,008 plates for the Comte de Buffon's landmark Histoire Naturelle, and 21 bird illustrations for Diderot and d'Alembert's vast Encyclopédie. It is estimated that Martinet was born in the early 1730s and lived into the early years of the 19th century. These plates were drawn from two works completed between 1787 and 1796. Given the constraints and preserving abilities of the era, not all birds were drawn from life, but Martinet's meticulousness to detail and arrangement make a stunning collection.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783833161780
  • Publisher: H.F.Ullmann Publishing Gmbh
  • Publication date: 10/14/2011
  • Edition description: Multilingu
  • Pages: 440
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 13.20 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

François-Nicolas Martinet (1760–1800) was a French engineer, engraver, and naturalist. Martinet engraved the plates for numerous works on natural history, especially ornithology.

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