This post presents, in chronological order, 8 more black and white illustrations of the California condor from books in my library.
As published, this 1st illustration is little more than half the size of a business card. Yet it manages to nicely show a California condor up-close and in flight over its habitat:
Artist: Jacob Bates Abbott. Book: Hausman, Leon Augustus. The illustrated encyclopedia of American birds. Halcyon. 1944.
This simple, evocative image marks the end of a book chapter:
Artist: Roger Tory Peterson. Book: Peterson, Roger Tory, and James Fisher. Wild America: the record of a 30,000 mile journey around the continent by a distinguished naturalist and his British colleague. Houghton Mifflin. 1955.
The next image imagines the capture of a California condor by members of the Lewis and Clark Expedition:
Artist: John Schoenherr. Book: Stoutenburg, Adrien. A vanishing thunder: extinct and threatened American birds. Natural History Press. 1967.
The distinctive pattern of condor wing feathers as they molt and are replaced is shown in this image:
Artist: George Founds. Book: McClung, Robert M. America’s endangered birds: programs and people working to save them. William Morrow. 1979.
The quiet dignity of the condor is nicely captured here:
Artist: Lois Leonard Stock. Book: Cooke, Anne Z. Natural wonders of southern California: a guide to parks, preserves and wild places. Country Roads. 1994.
The previous post with black and white book illustrations is Black & white illustrations from books: 1958-1988.