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The unfeathered bird.


The unfeathered bird.

Van Grouw, Katrina.

Princeton U. Press


287 pages




Van Grouw is uniquely qualified to have prepared this extraordinary book. She's a former curator of the ornithological collections at London's Natural History Museum, a taxidermist, a bird bander, and a fine artist. In an oversize format (10.5x12.25", elegantly printed on cream-colored stock, this volume combines the author's honed artistic talents, long experience with birds, and passion for the subject. The gorgeous drawings of bird skeletons capture first attention. These drawings are integrated with essays about bird anatomy in general and the specifics of 41 species, organized by family. Initially the author viewed the project as a resource for artists, but over time she broadened the scope for a wider audience, which includes bird lovers, biologists, taxonomists, taxidermists, and anyone fascinated by bones. Her previous book, published under the name Katrina Cook and titled Birds, offers a retrospective of bird art.

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Date:Jun 1, 2013
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