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Elliot Family of the Hornbills

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Elliot Family of the Hornbills


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A Monograph of the Bucerotidae - Family of the Hornbills
  • Taken from the original editions
  • Printed in the original size
  • Age resisting white etching paper
  • Archival ink resisting fading for 100 years
  • Highest possible resolution

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Shipping costs unframed prints:

per order Rest of the World: USD $38

per order EU: USD $25

per order NL: USD $16



We offer a true quality nobody has; and for a price nobody is offering you for a comparable quality. This print was photographed using the latest technology, colour matched to the original illustration and then reproduced at the original plate size. A Museum Quality Limited Edition print, original size, signed, numbered and blind stamped. Indistinguishable from the original when glazed and framed.

Title of the set: Elliot Family of the Hornbills

Authort: Daniel Giraud Elliot (March 7, 1835 - December 22, 1915)

Artist: Joseph Wolf


  • Published:1870-1872
  • Paper Size: Folio size (37.5 x 28.4 cm)
  • Content: 1 title page
    1 content page with all titles of the prints
    57 facsimiles after the originals of J G Keulemans and 3 uncoloured plates by and after Joseph Smit)

About the originals: Our set is msde from a fine copy of this 'comprehensive treatment of the entire family of hornbills' (Zimmer) from one of the best known American ornithologists of the second half of the nineteenth century, with illustrations by Keulemans, the most popular ornithological artist of the period.
This is the important first monograph on this widely scattered family of extraordinary birds. "The Bucerotidae are pretty equally divided at the present day between the Ethiopian and Oriental Regions, the first having twenty-seven and the latter twenty-nine species, while but a few... are scattered about the islands of the Malay archipelago" (introduction). Hornbills are extraordinary not only for their physical appearance but also for their behavior - the most noteworthy shared trait amongst the species is the male's habit of "enclosing the female in the hollow of some tree, firmly fastening her in by a wall of mud, and keeping her close prisoner until the eggs are hatched" (introduction). The male will feed the female through a slit in the wall whilst she incubates the eggs. She will only break through the wall of mud and leave the nest once the young have hatched, at which point the wall is rebuilt and remains in place until the young are ready to fly.
The bizarre beauty of this species is here ably captured by Keulemans highly accurate and beautifully observed plates. Keulemans was born in Rotterdam, Holland, in 1842, but worked and lived chiefly in England, working on most of the important ornithological monographs and periodicals published between about 1870 and his death in London in 1912. He was 'undoubtedly the most popular bird artist of his day as well as being the most prolific. He was gifted with a superb sense of draughtsman-ship and revealed his considerable versatility in capturing the significant subtleties of color, form, and expression in the birds... represented in his various illustrations'
This Facsimile Edition is a true authentic publication. The Heritage Facsimile Edition is an authentic facsimile of the original work as we have always started from the originals and compared the proofs with the originals at the museum. The facsimile prints are therefore absolutely faithful to the originals, being of the same size printed on acid-free paper with archive inks, and thus are difficult to separate visually from the originals. Hence, they are of great archival value, and are in any case rare prints in their own right. The printing is so accurate that framed and glazed, the naked eye is unable to distinguish the original from the facsimile.

Casing: The complete set will be cased in an elegant handcrafted Solander Box covered in a special dark maroon linen.

Limited edition : The edition will be limited to 20 complete sets.

Delivery time: As the Solander box (casing) will be made on demand by our best professional bookbinder, we must ask for a delivery time of 3-4 weeks after receiving your payment.