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This beautifully illustrated volume is Axel Amuchastegui’s Some Birds and Mammals of North America. The work featured 16 folio color, natural history lithographs with text by Les Line. The illustrations were lithographed by Curwen Press after original art by Amuchastegui. It was published in London in 1971 by the Tryon Gallery in association with George Rainbird. This is number 109 of 500 copies signed by the publisher. It is bound in original morocco-backed cloth by Zehnsdorf, flat spine lettered in gilt, gilt edges, with cloth slipcase.
Axel Amuchastegui (1921-2002) was one of the greatest wildlife artists of the 20th century. He was a self-taught Argentinian artist. He created his own artistic style and technique using Chinese inks and brushes. The work includes illustrations of eight birds (a wild turkey, wood duck, bald eagle, ivory-billed woodpecker, blue jay, mountain quail, boat-tailed grackle, and cardinal) and eight mammals (a bighorn sheep, raccoon, white-tailed deer, eastern cottontail, pronghorn, kaibab squirrel, marten, and a lynx).