illustration book finds- march

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!

2001 reprint of Miroslav Saseks ‘This is San Franscisco‘. Inspiring retro illustrations from the author-illustrator who is well known for this series of ‘This is…’ books.

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Miroslav Sasek’s ‘This is San Franscisco’
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Miroslav Sasek’s ‘This is San Franscisco’
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Miroslav Sasek’s ‘This is San Franscisco’

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!

Elaine Powers illustrations in 'Bush and High Country Birds of New Zealand'
Elaine Powers illustrations of Silvereyes’ and Keas’ in ‘Bush and High Country Birds of New Zealand’
Elaine Powers illustrations in 'Bush and High Country Birds of New Zealand'
Elaine Powers illustrations of NZ Robins and Fantails, in ‘Bush and High Country Birds of New Zealand’

and below an image from the digital collection of the Alexander Turnbull Library collection (which you can view by clicking the image!)

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Power, Elaine, 1931- :[Tui and silver eyes. 1987].. Power, Elaine, 1931- :[Bird studies prepared for four “Birds of New Zealand” books. 1987-1991.]. Ref: A-374-011. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/23119423
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!

Calligraphy Alphabets made easy by Margaret Shepherd
Calligraphy Alphabets made easy by Margaret Shepherd

 

Calligraphy Alphabets made easy by Margaret Shepherd- look at all those styles!
Calligraphy Alphabets made easy by Margaret Shepherd- look at all those styles!
Calligraphy Alphabets made easy by Margaret Shepherd-  the sciency+ animal fonts!
Calligraphy Alphabets made easy by Margaret Shepherd- the sciency+ animal fonts!

Aren’t the animal fonts so cool!

I love book-hunting- how about you?

emma

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