Ottawa: Environment Canada, 1974. Reid, Bill. Quarto book, with five additional portfolio volumes. 79pp.; (8)ff.; (4)ff., + (5)ff. plates; (6)ff. plates; (5)ff. plates; (8)ff. plates. Limited edition publication produced by the Fisheries and Marine Service of Environment Canada "in the interest of the salmon's survival." The book describes the life cycle of salmon and threats to their existence and is illustrated with color photographs throughout. Following the book is a portfolio containing a guide to the plates in the subsequent portfolios. The first of these, entitled "The Legacy," comprises five silk-screen prints of Haida totem designs depicting myths in the forms of animals by Bill Reid, a gold and silversmith, printmaker, and sculptor. The second portfolio contains five reproductions of chromolithographs and copper engravings from nineteenth-century natural history texts, which show different types of Atlantic salmon. The next portfolio contains seven gouache paintings of various Pacific-based salmon by David Denbigh, a noted Canadian marine illustrator and artist. The last portfolio, entitled "The Cycle," includes prints of four watercolors depicting salmon in their native habitats by Yugoslavian-born Rudi Kovach and two copies each of two colorful gouache paintings by Denbigh. Book bound in full cloth with label showing Reid's salmon to front board. Portfolios loose, as issued, in heavy paper wrappers. Light foxing to title page from carboard insert. Housed in cloth-covered drop-back box, with oak sides and replica of Reid's sculpture "Haida Salmon" in simulated argilite inset to front. Two faint spots to front cover of box, otherwise about fine, lacking the slipcase.
(Inventory #: 27102)
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