London: Dragon’s World, 1989, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Contains: Colour photographs; Appendix;
From the cover: Introduced as a conservation and licensing measure in the 1930s, duck stamps are now appreciated as works of art and have become cherished collectors items.
The first federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp was issued in 1934 by what is now the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Every duck hunter had to buy one for $1, and the money was used to help conserve waterfowl. The stamps, now $12. 50 each, are still a valuable tool for conservation, bringing millions of dollars for wetlands preservation, but their value as collectors items has now almost eclipsed their original purpose.
Duck Stamps: Art in the Service of Conservation covers the rising popularity of this art form, from the start of the federal programme through the explosion of state stamps, beginning with California in 1971. More than 45 states now have their own waterfowl stamp programmes, generating further millions of dollars for conservation. The work of many of the worlds best wildlife artists are featured in this beautiful volume, including Robert Bateman, Maynard Reece, Robert Steiner, Daniel Smith, Jack Cowan, David Maass and Ned Smith.
Over 200 illustrations, most in full colour, accompany interviews with top stamp artists, a history of the state and federal duck stamp programmes and an insight into the lucrative business of collecting that has sprung up around them.
Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently faded at the spine. Price Clipped.
Brown boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [VII] 165 pages. Index. 12½” x 10¼”.