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Birds of Town and Village Hardcover – 15 May 2004
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This book will make an ideal gift for all bird-lovers, for it has a twofold purpose. As the author puts it in his Introduction, apart from the purely aesthetic appeal of the illustrations, it is hoped 'that the pictures and text together may form a reference book which will not only lead to the identification of some of our commonest birds, but also stimulate interest in their habits and behaviour. Another more subtle intention is that once these basic 56 species are thoroughly known, the observer will become so interested that he or she will desire to name any of the 300 or so other species which may be encountered in Britain'.
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17 January 2014
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
An excellent book for any one interested in birds. I think my own watercolour paintings of birds has improved by my close study of Basil Ede's paintings; also, my knowledge of birds has increased with the accompanying narrative.
21 January 2010
I PAINTED THE ILLUSTRATIONS FOR THIS BOOK FORTY SIX YEARS AGO IN 1964. THE BOOK WAS A RELATIVELY NEW CONCEPT IN THAT IT WAS AN ART BOOK FIRST AND FOREMOST AND YET IT WAS A REFERENCE BOOK ON BIRDS AT THE SAME TIME. W.D. CAMBELL WAS A TRUE EXPERT ON BIRD LIFE AND A BRILLIANT WRITER TOO. THE PUBLISHER JOHN ADAMS, EDITORIAL DIRECTOR OF COUNTRY LIFE, WILLIAM CAMPELL AND I COOPERATED FULLY AND BECAME GOOD FRIENDS. ALL OF US WERE INTERESTED IN BIRD LIFE AND TOGETHER WE DID MANY RESEARCH TRIPS IN THE FIELDS AND RIVERS NEAR READING. I WAS ABLE TO VISIT THE PRINTERS,BALDING & MANSELL LTD., WHILST THEY WERE PRINTING THE BOOK ON GREAT MACHINES. THEN CAME AN EXHIBITION OF THE ORIGINAL PAINTINGS AT THE TRYON GALLERY IN DOVER STREET, LONDON. BIRDS OF TOWN AND VILLAGE THEN BECAME A BEST SELLER THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. THE BOOK WAS REPRINTED A DOZEN OR MORE TIMES IN AS MANY YEARS. AT 79 I AM HUMBLED BY THE AMOUNT OF INTEREST THERE HAS BEEN. THE BOOK AND IN ITS PRESENT FORM IS JUST AS FRESH AS THE ORIGINAL. MAY IT GO ON BEING ENJOYED FOR MANY YEARS TO COME.
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