1912. first edition. Fifty Fine Color Plates of Animals and BirdsKUHNERT, Wilhelm. Animal Portraiture. Being Fifty Studies by Wilhem Kuhnert. Accompanied by a series of original articles by R. Lydekker F.R.S. London: Frederick Warne & Co., . First edition. Large folio (14 7/16 x 11 1/4 inches; 367 x 286 mm.). [4, blank], viii, 104, , [1, blank] pp. Fifty fine color plates, each mounted onto card, with tissue guards. Each color plate is accompanied by a leaf of descriptive text.Publisher's brown buckram, front cover with tan buckram panel pictorially stamped in black and lettered in gilt, spine pictorially decorated and lettered in gilt, mottled cream end-papers, top edge gilt. A near fine copy.The subjects include both animals and birds (and one Crocodile).Friedrich Wilhelm Kuhnert (1865-1926) was a German painter, author and illustrator, who specialized in animal images. Contrary to the practice of his peers, Kuhnert distinguished himself by sketching tropical animals in the wild, not in zoos. He made pictures by sketching, etching, watercolor, and oil painting. Kuhnert is considered one of the most important German animal painters of his time. As he was not a professional hunter, it often took a great deal of effort to track down his subjects. (Inventory #: 03844)
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