Birds

Birds : Mini Archive

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"The Mini Archive" series is a new series capturing the best of the best of ancient, rare, and significant volumes that have rarely or never before been reproduced or made available to the public. Each book in the series will focus on a single topic through abundant illustration and documentation. The topics will cover a wide range of subjects including art, architecture, fashion, heraldry, geography, navigation, medicine, and the natural world. Drawing from Georges-Louis Leclerc's 36 volume masterpiece, "Histoire Naturelle, Generale Et Particuliere" (first conceived of in 1749 and completed in 1789) "Birds" will feature 350 of Leclerc's magnificent original paintings, faithfully reproduced in full colour. To bring this lovely volume into the 21st Century, the paperback format and low price will keep the book fun and affordable. A visual index will categorize each bird according to name, species, class, and genome (emphasizing the book's educational aspect); and an accompanying DVD, containing all of the images in the book (in Tiff and Jpeg format) completely copyright free to be used in any manner the reader sees fit, will complete this truly unique package.
"Birds" will appeal to bird watchers, collectors, students, artists and aesthetes alike, for no one will be able to resist the undeniable beauty of Leclerk's vivid and delicate paintings. To use Leclerc's own words with the aid of colours, it is possible to present our eyes with a description which is more perfect and softer than anything that could ever be achieved with words.
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Product details

  • Mixed media product | 288 pages
  • 172 x 192 x 18mm | 839.14g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • Harper Design International
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 350 Colour
  • 0062039563
  • 9780062039569
  • 1,737,479

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This lovely book showcases the delicate copper engravings of birds created by Georges-Louis Leclerc, Compte de Buffon (1707-88), for his masterpiece work Histoire naturelle, generale et particuliere.

The glorious birds captured within are original reproductions of Leclerc's art, which depicts the vibrant hues of the birds' feathers, the varying length of their wings, and their wide eyed expressions as they stand perched, always alert for symbols of danger or other forms of life that might serve as their next meal. Leclerc's original text from Histoire naturelle is also faithfully reproduced to provide descriptive information on the birds, such as their living locations and their unique physical characteristics.

To bring this lovely book into the 21st century, the paperback format and low price make this rare and significant volume accessible and affordable. A DVD is also included with images of the birds to be used by readers at their discretion.
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About Georges-Louis Leclerc De Buffon

Georges-Louis Leclerc, Compte de Buffon (1707-88), was a highly educated and respected French naturalist. He was the author of Les Epoques de la Nature (1778), Oeuvres Completes de Buffon (1853-55), and the book Birds is based on the extraordinary 36 volume work Histoire naturelle, generale et particuliere, which was designed to explore nature's three kingdoms, animal, mineral, and vegetable, and to serve as an encyclopedia of the world.
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