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1992

Iowa State University

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Fine Bird Books, Becky S. Jordan Jan 1992

Fine Bird Books, Becky S. Jordan

Special Collections Exhibit Catalogs

The Department of Special Collections is fortunate to have a number of 19th Century illustrated bird books. These books, filled with hand-colored plates, were produced at a time when there was tremendous interest in the descriptions of new species of birds. At the same time, a new printing technique, lithography, made illustration of new species a simpler process. This combination of art and science resulted in lovely volumes like those on display.