Win an Edward Lear Eagle Owl Print from the Sumptuous New Book ‘Birds Drawn for John Gould’

Gorgeous limited-print book features 80 birds by the renowned artist.


We've teamed up with the The Folio Society to give away one print of the eagle owl from Birds Drawn for John Gould, by Edward Lear. To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment below, and be sure to include a viable email address. (Note: Your comment may take several minutes to appear, and your email won’t show up on the page.) The official rules are below. The contest ends at midnight, Friday, January 18, 2013. In the meantime, renowned naturalist David Attenborough shares the story behind the gorgeous leather-bound book. Good luck!

I first became aware of Edward Lear’s bird plates in 1954. I had recently returned from filming a collecting expedition in Guyana. We brought back hummingbirds, anacondas, caiman and marmosets, but I hankered after pictures of some of the spectacular birds which I had just seen for the first time in the wild. Many of these are depicted in the prints issued by the 19th-century naturalist and publisher John Gould.

Among the first I found was one of a Toco Toucan. It was a particularly dramatic composition, and it was signed very emphatically E. Lear. It was then that I discovered that the poet whose nonsense verses I had loved as a child was also a superbly accomplished ornithological artist. From then on, I kept an eye out for more of the prints that he produced for Gould, and this became a decades-long endeavor to collect them all—a total of 80 lithographed plates, to which was later added an original drawing.

Lear’s bird plates, to my eyes at least, rank among the finest of their kind, and I was pleased to have collected them all into a single volume, separated from works by lesser talents. And to know that they will now be available to a broader audience, published together for the first time, is immensely rewarding. What’s more, the work undertaken by The Folio Society to reproduce not only the prints, but even an original 19th-century binding, has produced an edition worthy of this great artist. Bound in full leather, elaborately gold-blocked, it is a truly remarkable reproduction.

There could hardly be a better celebration of Lear’s 200th anniversary. I am thrilled that what began as a private collection has been reproduced for a wider readership—and in a way that has so authentically captured the beauty of the original.

Birds Drawn for John Gould, by Edward Lear, is limited to just 780 copies, each signed by David Attenborough. Published by The Folio Society (2012), $1595. Place your order here. 


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