A couple of weekends ago, I went to the local second-hand book sale, which is run regularly to raise money for a voluntary organisation. I thought I would post some of the awesome art and natural history books I managed to find!
Elaine Power’s Bush and High Country Birds of New Zealand. Elaine Power is one of New Zealand’s leading natural history artists. This book is beautifully illustrated with sketches of the birds in various poses, as well as a full colour illustration of the birds in their habitat. I really love the pencil sketches that are interspersed among the full colour illustrations. I’m going to try and collect all of her books now- she has a variety on seabirds and lake, river and wetland birds!
and below an image from the digital collection of the Alexander Turnbull Library collection (which you can view by clicking the image!)
And finally – Calligraphy alphabets made easy’ by Margaret Shepherd….. This copy was a little worse for wear but the book itself is wonderful for a beginner calligrapher like me! It has exercises for every day of a year- each with a new calligraphy alphabet. The book is also full of useful hints and tips that are ideal for people just starting out. Can’t wait to give some of them a go!
Aren’t the animal fonts so cool!
I love book-hunting- how about you?
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