Birds of the Pacific Slope, in two volumes (text + portfolio of color plates)
By Grayson, Andrew Jackson
Pp. (text): 433, (1, limitation page); 34 illustrations (8 in color and 26 in black-and-white). Pp. (plates): 4 letterpress leaves + 156 full page color bird portraits after paintings by Grayson + one extra plate reproduced by duotone lithography. Text: Full tan linen, with brown morocco labels lettered in gilt on the spine and front cover, in original linen-covered slipcase with a gilt-lettered morocco title label on the spine, 4to (12.5 x 9.6 inches; 32 x 24.5 cm). Plates: Full tan linen dropbox case with matching brown morocco title labels on the spine and front cover lettered in gilt, large folio (25 x 19 inches; 65.5 x 50 cm). Also included is the Arion Press prospectus for the volume, the color flyer for the 1987 exhibition of the paintings, an article by Kevin Starr about this exhibition and the original receipt from Arion Press for $4,792. This is copy no. 157 of a limited edition of 425 numbered copies. The text has a preface by S. Dillon Ripley and Introduction by Glenn R. Todd; it also included is a detailed biography of Grayson by Lois Chambers Stone as well the accurate biographies of each bird based on field notes left by Grayson. The large folio volume includes a title page, limitation page and list of the plates followed by the 157 plates. Andrew Jackson Grayson – pioneer, explorer, naturalist and artist – was called ‘the Audubon of the West’ in 1856 by Spencer Fullerton Baird of the Smithsonian. Little-known during his lifetime and almost forgotten after his death, Grayson’s lifework Birds of the Pacific Slope was published by the Arion Press in 1986. This limited edition is a significant contribution to art, history and science. Grayson’s paintings were bequeathed to the University of California in 1879 by his widow but remained largely unknown to the public. As a result of this first publication of Grayson’s paintings by the Arion Press, an exhibition was held in the Oakland Museum and at the National Museum of Natural History in 1987.
|Publisher Place||San Francisco|
|Date Published Estimated||No|
|Number of Volumes||2|
|Condition Description||Gilt a little dull on the spine labels, a touch of faint foxing to the outer flap of the dropbox case only; a very bright and clean copy in fine condition.|