Arion Press BIRDS OF THE PACIFIC SLOPE - 156 Large Fine-Printing AVIAN PRINTS Limited Edition #69 of 425 with Text Volume, Prospectus and Promotional Posters
BIRDS OF THE PACIFIC SLOPE. A Portfolio of 156 Fine-Printing, Full Color Bird Portraits in a hinged linen covered wooden box. With an accompanying text volume - a biography of Grayson by Lois Chambers Stone and field notes on the plates by Andrew Jackson Grayson. Along with the prospectus and two promotional posters
156 LARGE, BEAUTIFUL OFFSET-LETTERPRESS PRINTS of the ORNITHOLOGICAL PAINTINGS of Andrew Jackson Grayson, known as the Audubon of the West, each 19x25 inches (50x65.5 cm), along with 4 letterpress leaves, (160 leaves in total), all loose as issued, in a large, sturdy, linen covered wooden clamshell box with a hinged top, specially designed by the Arion Press. The clamshell case has gold-stamped leather title labels with. Each of the gorgeous 156 bird prints would look great mounted and/or framed.
Published and FINELY PRINTED by ARION PRESS, San Francisco, 1986, in a LIMITED EDITION of only 425 sets, this being #69.
Comes with its text volume that includes Bird Biographies and Field Notes on the Plates by Andrew Jackson Grayson; and a Biography of Grayson by Lois Chambers Stone. The text volume is 9x12 inches, 436 pages, and comes in a linen covered slipcase with leather title labels.
Accompanied by the original prospectus, two promotional posters (each illustrated with one of the bird prints), and the extra plate "California Quail".
The Text Volume and promotional Posters are still in their original publisher's shipping boxes.
CONDITION: The portfolio box has some foxing and a bit of rubbing; the linen covered slipcase to the text volume also has some foxing and a bit of fading to its spine label; plate #9 has a light vertical crease to its right blank margin edge that looks like it was imparted as by the printing process (it does not affect the intense "new" look and feel of the plate). Otherwise FINE, the prints are all bright, brilliant, gorgeous; the text volume and promotional posters are still in their Arion Press shipping boxes. A complete, beautiful, fine-printing from Arion Press.
All will be carefully and well packed for safe shipping
From the Publisher:
******Andrew Jackson Grayson came to San Francisco just before the Gold Rush, was inspired to paint by James John Audubon's Birds of America. He vowed to extend Audubon's visual record west, to include the Pacific Slope of California and Mexico. Bequeathed to the University of California in 1879 by Grayson's widow, his paintings became an important holding in The Bancroft Library, but remained largely unknown to the public.
The publication of this long overlooked masterwork has now assured Grayson of a significant place in the history of American ornithology. As a result of the Arion edition, an exhibition of Grayson's original watercolors and related material, including the book and portfolio, was mounted in 1987 at the Oakland Museum and the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.******
INTERNATIONAL BUYERS PLEASE NOTE: This wonderful item of 156 large finely printed avian plates in its linen-covered wooden box, and the accompanying book in slipcase, plus the posters and prospectus, will be VERY HEAVY (around 55 pounds packed), VERY LARGE, and VERY EXPENSIVE TO SHIP.