Birds of the Pacific Slope
Portfolio of 156 Individual Bird Prints by Andrew Jackson Grayson
Companion Volume: Preface by S. Dillon Ripley, a Biography of Grayson by Lois Chambers Stone, and Bird Biographies and Field Notes by Andrew Jackson Grayson
Arion Press, 1986, Limited Edition, 143 of 400 Sets
This is a limited edition of “Birds of the Pacific Slope” published by the Arion Press in 1986 with a limitation of 400 sets with this being number 143. From the publisher, “Andrew Jackson Grayson, who 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. Lois Chambers Stone of Berkeley spent several years researching the biography of Grayson that accompanies the portfolio. The publication of this long-overlooked masterwork has now assured Grayson of a significant place in the history of American ornithology.”
Weighing in at approximately 40 pounds, the portfolio measures 25” x 19” and contains 160 leaves and the companion volume measures 12” x 9” and contains 436 pages. The portfolio box, companion volume, and slipcase are covered with tan Dutch linen cloth with gold-stamped leather labels. The types are handset and Monotype Van Dijck and handset Castellar capitals. The paper is Coventry Rag from the Parson Paper Mill, heavy weight for the plates, lightweight for the text. The plates were printed by Phelps-Schaefer Lithographics. The text was printed by letterpress.
Accompanying the suite of prints and companion volume is the original prospectus.
The prints and companion volume are in FINE condition with no flaws. The clamshell portfolio box is in FINE- condition with a minor bump to the top front corner tip.
A composite photograph of the companion volume and 2 stock photographs from the portfolio, the original prospectus, and 4 individual stock photographs of individual prints from the portfolio appear in the photo section of the listing. The portfolio box is over 2 feet in height and our photography setup is not capable of properly capturing an image of something this large.
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