One of the greatest tragedies of our time is the rapid extinction of so many diverse species. This first book in a series of planned books focusing on extinction is a tribute to four extinct species and an iconic fifth species that nearly became extinct. Presented as a portrait gallery, the relief engraved portraits of each species were done in the style of Albrecht Durer’s engraved portraits and all have some hand-coloring. Included are brief summaries of each species detailing the history of their demise or near demise. The species are the dodo, the southern gastric brooding frog, the western black rhinoceros, the passenger pigeon, and the American bison, which came perilously close to becoming extinct.
Text set in Perpetua and printed on Zerkall Book in an edition of 100 copies, 95 of which are bound in paper covered boards with an engraved stamp on the cover and a vellum spine painted in red to represent blood and 5 copies are in sheets. The binding is by Amy Borezo of Shelter Bookworks, Orange, MA. 24 pages. 7 x 9 inches. $310