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Of birds and Texas
Gentling, Stuart, 1942-
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Austin : University of Texas Press, [2001]

Physical Description:
223 pages : color illustrations ; 34 cm
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QL684.T4 G46 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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As John James Audubon's Birds of America was the most magnificent ornithological publication of the nineteenth century, Of Birds and Texas may rightfully claim that honor for the twentieth. Originally published in a twenty-three-by-twenty-nine-and-a-half-inch elephant folio limited edition in 1986, this collection of forty exquisitely detailed bird portraits and ten Texas landscapes, with accompanying commentary by the artists Scott Gentling and Stuart Gentling and a personal essay by Texas' most respected writer, John Graves, won widespread acclaim. A. C. Greene praised it as "the most stunning and prodigious book in Texas history (and possibly forever)," while the Dallas Morning News deemed it "the most magnificent book ever produced in Texas." This edition is intended to bring Of Birds and Texas to a wider audience. Maintaining the high standards of design and production that characterized the limited edition, it amplifies the original publication by including nearly thirty additional bird paintings or remarques, which the Gentling brothers produced for subscribers who helped underwrite the first printing. It also contains a new essay by Stuart Gentling, "Of Birds and Texas, Audubon and Us," in which he describes not only how the brothers' deep admiration for John James Audubon led to the creation of this book, but also how their serendipitous discovery of a long-lost Audubon painting saved the project when a lack of funds threatened to end it.

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Choice Review

Few books have the ability to dilate the pupils the way this one can. Originally published in a large-format limited edition elephant folio in 1986, this more accessible new edition contains 40 bird portraits, ten Texas landscapes, and many smaller studies for bird paintings. The reverence that twin brothers Stuart and Scott Gentling have for both human and natural history is apparent in each sensual depiction. From the turkey vulture to the eastern towhee and scissor-tailed flycatcher, these strikingly vivid dry-brush watercolor plates celebrate the diversity of birds and the varied geography of Texas. Every feather, blade of grass, and cloud is painted with exquisite detail. Each image is accompanied by text that places the birds in a context of natural and human history. Because Texas serves as wintering grounds and migration route for hundreds of bird species, many illustrations will be familiar to birders from across North America. This is a book that will be enjoyed by a wide audience from birders and biologists at any level, to artists and students of history. General readers; lower-division undergraduates through professionals. D. Flaspohler Michigan Technological University

Table of Contents

Of Birds and Texas, Audubon and UsSelf-Portrait, with BirdsJohn Graves
Dedication to the Folio Edition
Foreword to the Folio EditionHarry Tennison
Introduction to the Folio EditionPlates
The Land
1 Sanctuary
2 Limestone Ledge
3 Deer Stand
4 Lost and Found
5 Red Oak
6 Wild Turkeys
7 Snow Geese
8 Winter Grass
9 Harvest
10 Updraft The Birds
11 Turkey Vulture
12 Northern Cardinal
13 Cattle Egret
14 Merlin
15 American Oystercatcher
16 Wild Turkey
17 Purple Gallinule
18 Burrowing Owl
19 American Woodcock
20 Acorn Woodpecker
21 Roseate Spoonbill
22 House Wren
23 Sharp-shinned Hawk
24 Snow Goose
25 Scaled Quail
26 Black-crowned Night-Heron
27 Barn Swallow
28 Red-shouldered Hawk
29 Red-billed Pigeon
30 Bufflehead
31 Mourning Dove
32 Flammulated Owl
33 Great-tailed Grackle
34 Pyrrhuloxia
35 Eastern Towhee
36 Purple Martin
37 Crested Caracara
38 Northern Mockingbird
39 Northern Bobwhite
40 Six Migrating Warbler Species
41 Canvasback
42 Magnificent Hummingbird
43 Greater Roadrunner
44 Cliff Swallow
45 Chuck-will's-widow
46 Zone-tailed Hawk
47 Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
48 Altamira Oriole
49 Ring-necked Pheasant
50 Surf Scoter Remarques