Thursday, April 28, 2011

Book of the Week: The Illustrations of The Ibis

In our last post, our featured user Mathew Louis named The Ibis as his favorite title in BHL. Thus, we decided to feature this entire series as our "book of the week" this week. Not only is The Ibis full of valuable information on birds, it's also loaded with beautiful illustrations, many of which are featured in Mathew Louis' website:

The website also gives some interesting background on the publication, and on one of the artists involved in the work:

"The Ibis is the organ of publication of the British Ornithologists' Union. It was long issued as a small, octavo edition, but more recently, it has appeared in a larger format. Originally the volumes were numerated as a series, each of which being completed by six volumes for that many years, but this method was later abandoned in favor of numbering the volumes according to each consecutive year.Keulemans contributed to The Ibis every year from 1869--1909. In the 1869 edition (Second Series--Volume V) his name appeared as the lithographer, not as the colorist, on a number of plates."

Slightly abandoning our usual book of the week structure, we're spending the rest of this post featuring many of the beautiful illustrations in this work. Enjoy!

See more work by John Gerrard Keulemans in BHL: