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Lowry-James Rare Prints & Books established in 1986 specializes in the art of John James Audubon and the Art of Natural History from the sixteenth through the nineteenth centuries.The collection focuses on fine and rare Natural History, Botany & Horticulture books and original hand-colored engravings and lithographs, books on Literary WomenBritish Culture and Fine & Private Press books.

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Near Fine. First Printing. Color Lithograph. 15 1/4 x 19 1/2 inches. Paper lightly toned; yet vibrant colors, with small (.25 inch) tide park to lower right edge, three tiny pin holes and  two small edge tears.The first printing of the original poster by the preeminent American Wildlife artist Charles Livingston Bull (1874-1932): based on his original watercolor, pen and ink of Rocky Mountain Big Horn Sheep in the collection of Oradell Free Public Library, Oradell New Jersey and here rendered in its entirety- with added lettering- and financed by the Sale of Christmas Seals by the Michigan Tuberculosis Association; 1931. One of four posters produced as a series designed for children to encourage heath, vigor and vitality by exploring and enjoying the out of doors and the natural world- this image expresses Bull 's desire to render the animal in its truest form: "to portray the ideally beautiful thing at the moment of greatest beauty"- all the while reflecting the characteristic virtue and integrity of the beast while promoting healthful ideals. (Peter White, Glenbow Museum, Blauvelt 91.1) Rams: Sleep Long Hours in the Cool, Clean Air.
Bull, Charles Livingston .

Price: $650.00

Fine, bright condition in a Very Good toned and rubbed DJ. Large Octavo (6 x 9 inches). Blue textured cloth with gilt lettering and four color lithographed illustration (By Bull) set in arched panel on front board. xii, 15-313 + colored frontispiece + 12 halftone plates plus 16 pen and ink illustrations heading each chapter. Illustrated endpapers. A fine absorbingly diverse collection wild animal tales by Minnesotan writer Paul Annixter (pseudonym Howard Allison Sturtzel: 1894 - 985) illustrated by Charles Livingston Bull. As stated in the forward written by Bull:  I have been illustrating [Annixter's] stories for some years and am always struck by his mastery of story-making and range of subject matter. From the icebound tundra of the far North to the jaguar-haunted jungles of the Tropics. From cold windy coasts of Maine to the forested slopes of the Western Mountains. I love the feeling of utter wilderness, remoteness and the savage beauty of his scenes. I always have difficulty when asked to illustrate one of his stories, not in finding good subjects for picture, but in deciding what not to do. These animal illustrations are some of the more mature compositions produced by Charles Livingston Bull- as they come late in his life and display a complete mastery in rendering the graceful elegance of animals in the natural world. (Blauvelt 70.7) Wilderness Ways.
Annixter, Paul. Charles Livingston Bull (Illus).

Price: $95.00

Fine condition. Original Charcoal and ink on paper. Image size: 10.25 x 15.25 inches. Sheet size 13 x 17.5 inches. Elegantly custom framed in Ecru rag board with gilt decoration, one inch neoclassical silver molding. Dimensions: 20 x 26 inches. Executed in charcoal and ink on paper- Charles Livingston Bull's preferred medium-an elegant composition of a Blue-winged Teal in flight leading a V formation ofr ducks at dusk.  As in his drawing of the Solitary Teal, (6671) here the influence of Japanese design is unmistakable. As a collector of Japanese wood block prints- Bull studied and here utilized the finely- tuned conventions of image building commonly found in the Japanese prints of the late nineteenth century. A mature teal floats towards the viewer followed by the silhouette of birds in v formation.  Patterned and tonal blocks of monochrome create the form of the floating Teal, with just the hint of landscape accentuated by the thinnest of outlines. A lovely and mysterious scene. Blue-winged Teal in Flight.
Bull, Charles Livingston.

Price: $3,400.00

Fine condition. Original Charcoal, and ink on paper. Image: 7 1/2 x 12 5/8 inches. Sheet: 10 x 15 1/2 inches. Elegantly custom framed in Ecru rag board with gilt decoration, one inch neoclassical silver moulding . Dimensions: 19 5/8 x 25 5/8 inches.Executed with charcoal and ink on paper- Charles Livingston Bull's preferred medium- an animated scene of a glaring Rooster under splashing water spout amidst plummeting raindrops. The supreme American Naturalist artist Charles Livingston Bull (1874- 1932) was intrigued by the pathos and elegance found in the tradition of Japanese wood block prints; qualities which are here expressed by the animated nature of the scene. Any decorative elements in the design give way to a heightened level of sensual expression and refinement. In his excellent essay for the Glenbow Museum Peter White states: With Bull's evident stylistic debt to art of Japan, it is tempting to link him as well with the spirit of Kacho-ga, Japanese nature art. In Kacho-ga, nature is not thought of as an objective reality but as a subjective reflection of the artist's own mind. The thing depicted is less important in itself than it is as a means through which the artist gives vent to his emotions. Rooster in Rain.
Bull, Charles Livingston.

Price: $3,200.00

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