John James Audubon was one of the world's greatest painters of wildlife. He is best known for "The Birds of America", a gigantic 4 volume set of 435 paintings that to this day remains one of the largest books ever produced, the most expensive book ever sold at auction and an artistic achievement almost without parallel. In the last 2 centuries, dozens of books have been produced, either stressing Audubon's work as pure art or documenting the animals that were painted. The present volume is unique in emphasizing the plants that Audubon frequently illustrated along with his animals. Full colour reproductions are shown of more than 100 of Audubon's best paintings, chosen for their excellent portrayal of plants. Each magnificent full page plate is accompanied by information on the animals (mostly birds), the painting and (most particularly) the plants. There is an introductory, extensively illustrated chapter that details Audubon's life and career - a fascinating story of heroic achievements in the face of great obstacles. The second chapter deals with Audubon's conservation legacy, a topic of considerable importance to the world's ongoing crises related to loss of biodiversity, degradation of the environment and global warming. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brasil : Spala Editora, c1986.
Book — 280 p. : ill. (some col.), maps ; 31 cm.
"Attributed to 18th-century Italian naturalist Antonio Land, who worked for Mato Grosso Governor Luiz de Albuquerque, these 116 drawings of Brazilian fauna (78) and flora (38) survived a devastating fire at the House of Insua in Portugal; many other drawings were destroyed. The specimens illustrate the 'Philosophical Expedition' of 1765-70, which mainly explored Mato Grosso and Pará (Amazonia), detailing one of the most fascinating evolutionary histories of plant life on earth. This now rare book includes scientific and historical explanatory texts, first-rate iconography, and color reproductions of the highest quality"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 58. http://www.loc.gov/hlas/