The Family of Hummingbirds: The Complete Prints of John Gould, By Joel Oppenheimer and Laura Oppenheimer, Rizzoli Electa, 2018, hardcover, 304 pages
John Gould, a 19th-century English ornithologist and bird artist, had a particular interest in hummingbirds. Who can blame him? This stunning volume features his superbly detailed hand-colored lithographs of hundreds of species. Plus, authors Joel Oppenheimer and Laura Oppenheimer tell the story of Gould’s colorful life and place his work in the context of a period when the exploration of science and the world’s natural wonders was at an all-time high.