antique prints, maps and watercolors

Lewis Wright. (White-faced Black Spanish) Illustrated Book of Poultry. London: Cassells, 1880. $250.00

PL32. "White-faced Black Spanish- Cups for Chickens at Bristol, 1872."

Containing 50 chromolithographed print of prize roosters, hens and other fowl in what is perhaps the most famous 19th century illustrated book on the subject. The titles specify names of the breed and the prizes that they won. The series was so popular that it was reproduced using a different, less successful technique in a smaller format in 1902. The prints in this series are a particularly good example of the beautiful color possibilities of chromolithography. J. Ludlow, a bird artist specializing in domestic birds was the artist for many of birds in the series. Lewis Wright was an author, editor and poultry pigeon and animal expert.

Chromolithograph.
10 ¾ x 8 ¼, inches.
Framed to museum specifications to 15 5/8 x 13 3/4 inches overall.