Birds: Mini Archive with DVD Paperback – 19 Jul 2011
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From the Back Cover
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, générale et particulière.
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.
About the Author
Georges-Louis Leclerc, Compte de Buffon (1707-88), was a highly educated and respected French naturalist. He was the author of Les Époques de la Nature (1778), Oeuvres Complètes de Buffon (1853-55), and the book Birds is based on the extraordinary 36 volume work Histoire naturelle, générale et particulière, which was designed to explore nature’s three kingdoms, animal, mineral, and vegetable, and to serve as an encyclopedia of the world.
Top Customer Reviews
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I have not tried out the CD yet, but I look forward to being able to use some of these beautiful images in my own projects.
My major quibble, which caused me to give this book four stars instead of five, is that the book is incomplete (some birds in the original are missing) and the choice of birds seems arbitrary in some cases. In general, the editors have chosen the most beautiful birds to include. Why, then, is the drab and ordinary sparrow here, while the beautiful Nicobar pigeon has been omitted?
Also, the indexing is strange. The reproductions are labeled in French, but the annotated index is alphabetized by English name. Thus, if one wants to learn more about a particular bird shown in a print, one needs to go on the Internet to find out its English name. Once on the Internet, one can learn lots about the bird, rendering the annotated index useless unless one happens to know a bird's English name.
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