Friday, 8 February 2013

Nature through the seasons in colour

Odhams and Blackie and Sons have given me a lot of trouble in searching for Raymond Sheppard's artwork. Both publishers reprinted materials frequently and in one instance I have found three versions of the same contents with three different titles!

The British Library has three entries for "Nature through the seasons in colour" one dated 1953, one guessed at as 1953 - (normally taken from the accession date) and the last is unknown. In the book Odhams have stated their copyright as T.453.S in their mysterious notation system. Could this be 1953? If so, why do the British Library have three editions? They normally do not take reprints. 
Flyleaf from Nature through the seasons in colour

On the flyleaf in the dustjacket, it states the plates include such notable artists as [...] and includes Raymond Sheppard FRZA, RI. As I stated in a recent article (Illustrators # 2) Sheppard's post-nominals were:
Raymond Sheppard Fellow of Zoological Society (F.Z.S, 1946); Society of Graphic Artists (S.G.A, 1947); Pastel Society (P.S., 1948); Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours (R.I, 1949). 
I suspect the Odhams editor didn't try too hard to get this right and it should read FZS. If Sheppard joined the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours in 1949, 1953 is a best guess for the date of publication. Anyone know any different, please contact me.

Title page

Plate facing Page 65

This colour plate opposite Page 65 shows "Wild animals with their young" including "Badger at sett with young, Hare with leverets in the “form”, Fallow deer (buck, hind and fawn), Stoat family on the move, Hedgehog and young, Fox (vixen with cubs), Otter (? with cubs), Squirrel with young at drey. The caption by the otters is impossible to read in the original! 

Plate facing Page 168

The colour plate opposite page 168 shows "How animals employ protective coloration" - "Stoat or ermine (winter dress), Blue or mountain hare (winter dress), Red deer (fawns), Bittern, Hen pheasant, and Nightjar

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