A Naturalist's Life Study in the Art of Taxidermy.
For Private Circulation.London: Rowland Ward, Ltd, 1913 Stock Code: 132698
First edition, first impression. Rowland Ward was the Michelangelo of Victorian taxidermy, that most Victorian of art-forms. An innovator who developed many techniques still used today, basing his work on painstaking observation he brought the techniques of naturalistic display to their high point. He was a friend of many of the greatest sportsmen of the period, and his trademark jungle dioramas caused a sensation - one staged at Earl's Court in 1896 drew 10,000 in gate money. This biographical sketch and commentary on his methods was published the year after his death in very limited numbers, uncommon institutionally - just four copies on WorldCat - and commercially.
Quarto. Original dark yellow buckram over heavy bevelled boards, title gilt to the spine with leopard's head device in black and gilt, front cover with onlaid linen title label with elephant's head design within single broad fillet panel in brown, top edge gilt, green marbled endpapers.
Photogravure portrait frontispiece of Ward with facsimile signature, numerous illustrations to the text, some full-page and tinted.
Minimal bumping at the corners, but overall a very sharp copy indeed.
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