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Lighton, Norman (artist); A V Bird (editor); and C S Barlow

The paintings of Norman Lighton for Roberts Birds of South Africa (fine copy of standard edition, 1976)

Plates from the original paintings of Norman C K Lighton

Published: South African Natural History Publication Company, Cape Town, 1976

Edition: Standard edition

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Covers protected in clear plastic, beige buckram-boards, gilt-embossed to upper panel and spine, plain endpapers, unpaginated b/w-illustrated text with full-page reproductions of 51 of the 56 original colour paintings (plates 1, 31, 32, 40 and 48 were lost for reasons explained by the editor).

It's unusual to find such a good copy of this now 4-year-old book.

The book's rationale, fulfilled in this sumptuous large volume, was to show the original paintings at their best by printing them in "soft" lithography at two-thirds their original size instead of by "harsh" letterpress at one-third size.

Complete and fine throughout, unmarked except for a brief ink dedication, and unfoxed.

  • Binding Condition: Fine
  • Overall Condition: Fine
  • Size: 475 x 345; 2.1 kg
  • Sold By: Fontein Books
  • Contact Person: Richard Proctor-Sims
  • Country: South Africa
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Telephone: 051 773 0050/048 079 546 4032
  • Preferred Payment Methods: Eft or, for overseas buyers, PayPal
  • Trade Associations: AA Approved


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