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Wildlife of the Himalayas and The Terai region

Ashok S. Kothari (Editor) Boman F. Chhapgar (Editor)

The book contains reproductions of rare lithographs of Himalayan birds, plants and animals, selected from precious books by eminent European artists and naturalists such as John Gould, J Forbes Royle, J D Hooker, Nathaniel Wallich, E C Stuart Baker, T C Jerdon, R Lydekkar, Prater and many others. BNHS has tried to reproduce 100 to 150 years old lithographs of colourful Himalayan fauna living at high altitude among snow covered mountains. Those who have seen the lithographs feel that the plates of Tiger, Snow Leopard, Leopard Cat, Clouded Leopard and Red Panda are so natural that one feels that those animals are about to jump out from the book! The hard cover book, printed on imported art paper, have interesting articles culled from old issues of the Journal of BNHS, Journal of Darjeeling Natural History Society, Journal of Bengal Natural History Society, rare precious books in BNHS` library and the collection of Dr Ashok Kothari. The main attraction of the book is 10 double spread plates of pheasants famous for their dazzling colours. An added attraction will be Himalayan landscapes by famous artists like Major Molyneux, Col. George Strahan and Charles Inglis. The animal paintings are done by Paul Barruel, O F Tassart and K Nixon. Tassart`s painting of Gaur was later used for a postal stamp. The book is dedicated to the memory of Late Mr B G Deshmukh (former BNHS President) and Late Mr J C Daniel (former BNHS Vice-President).

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About the authors

Ashok S. Kothari

Dr. Ashok S. Kothari has been practising medicine in Mumbai for the last three decades, simultaneously pursuing his keen interest in nature and travelling extensively in India and abroad. Under his leadership the National Society of the Friends of the Trees and the Rotary Club of Bombay seacoast have organized large-scale and successful tree-planting drives, and he is known as "Dr. Green" among tree lovers. He served as a member of the Executive Committee and Chairman of the Library Sub-committee of the BNHS for many years, led several nature study tours, organized five exhibition of rare books on India and Indian wildlife (many from his own vast collection), and co-edited Salim Ali's India for the Society. He is now working on a Gujarati translation of The Book of Indian Birds.

Boman F. Chhapgar

Dr. Boman F. Chhapgar, former Curator of the Taraporevala Aquarium, Mumbai is an internationally renowned marine biologist. A life Fellow of the International Oceanographic Foundation, Miami, Florida, his portrait hangs in the Gallery of Crustacea in teh Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History, Washington D.C., USA-one of only two Indian carcinologists thus honoured. He has authored eleven popular books on aquatic life. Incidentally, he has donated blood 109 times.

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Bibliographic information

Title Wildlife of the Himalayas and The Terai region
Format Hardcover
Date published: 11.06.2012
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 0198083953, 9780198083955
length 216p., Illustrations Chiefly Colour; 33cm.