London and New York; Nd(ca.1912): Frederick Warne and Co. Folio. Item #028309
viii, 104 pages, 50 unnumbered leaves of color plate illustrations in full color reproduced from the original paintings mounted, index: Printed by Morrison & Gibb, Limited, Edinburgh. Wilhelm Kuhnert is one of the finest of the German colonial painters who was sent on an expedition to Africa to capture the richness of the great animals from the lion and shepherd to the rhinoceros and the anteater as well as parrots and others in their native African habitat. He studied in Berlin at the Konigliche Akademische Hochschule before being sent to Africa. While most painters painted animals in zoos, he always wanted to capture what he saw in the most natural environment and avoiding the modernist style that was already in full force. His drawings and plates are far more detailed for instance than shoe of Behn. His work as evidenced in these fine examples draws the viewer into scene. A very desirable work on natural history and art. Bound in dark brown cloth, central cloth is light brown stamped in dark brown depicting a lion framed within black rules, lettered and decorated in gilt, pictorial spine gilt, light wear to corners, hinges slightly weakened but not cracked. A very nice copy.