Robin Hill

Robin Hill Artist & Naturalist

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Early Books By Robin Hill Artist & Naturalist


The Corner

The Corner

Six months illustrating and writing in the field about the flora and fauna of the southeastern corner of Australia produced this magnificent work. These exciting and informative stories are greatly enriched by the author's superb and authoritative illustrations.

The Corner: A Naturalist's Journeys in Southeastern Australia. Melbourne: Landsdowne Press, 1970. Quarto red boards.
(*Out of Print)


Bush Quest

A compilation of essays and adventures, originally printed in the Melbourne Age, edited and freshly illustrated especially for this book.

"To read this book is to go walking with the most sensitive and appreciative guides. You walk in the rain and wind, wade through swamps, crawl on frosty grass or defy the hot sun of summer beneath an open sky.

It is a rich, exciting, and stimulating experience to walk with Robin Hill. Nature plays on him like a harp, and it is this music that one hears in his prose."
Alan Marshall (from the foreword to Bush Quest)

Bush Quest. Melbourne: Landsdowne Press, 1962. Octavo green cloth with gilt lettering at spine and design of egrets in flight on the front cover. Front endpapers depicting Cape Barren Geese, rear endpapers depicting ibis and egrets. Dustwrapper with a full-colour illustration of Palm Cockatoo. Foreward by Alan Marshall.
(*Out of Print)

Bush Quest


Bushland and Seashore

Bushland and Seashore

In his second book, Robin takes the reader on a journey through the Australian natural landscape, starting at the sea's edge and leading to the arid inland areas of Australia.

Naturalist painters who respect the need for accuracy are themselves a rare species. Robin has captured the Australian landscape and fauna in a manner for which it is difficult to recall an equal. An unorthodox venture into the wondrous unspoiled world of Australian fauna, fully illustrated, with an index of 114 different species.

Bushland and Seashore. Melbourne: Landsdowne Press, 1962. Quarto pictorial boards.
(*Out of Print)




Australian Birds

Australian Birds was first published in 1967 and was a huge success in every way. The book became the 'bible' for bird enthusiasts Australia-wide and remains one of the great works in its field, remaining the most comprehensive treatment of its subject to date.

Every known Australian bird, including introduced species and the rarest vagrants, is described in the text of this book. All of the 714 Australian species, but for a few of the vagrants, are illustrated in detail. The first edition of 10,000 sold out as soon as it reached the bookshops. Several additional printings were issued and a Revised Edition followed in 1976.

Australian Birds Melbourne: Thomas Nelson, 1967.
Folio red cloth, gilt lettering and decoration, pictorial endpapers, 281pp, colour illustrations throughout.
(*Out of Print)

Australian Birds


Australian Waterfowl

Australian Waterfowl

Robin's first book produced for the Fisheries and Wildlife Department in 1960. This pocket-sized publication was intended to be used as a handbook for the identification of waterfowl in the field with a special emphasis on the ducks.

Australian Waterfowl. By M. C. Downes; Ina Watson. Illustrated by Robin Hill. Victoria: Fish & Wild Life Department, 1960. Stiff Wrappers. 48 pp. Beautiful color illustrations.
(*Out of Print)


Waterfowl

The Waterfowl of North America: The Complete Ducks, Geese, and Swans

For those who find joy in the sight and sound of the panoply of North American wildlife, The Waterfowl of North America is an indispensable book. With the clear-eyed accuracy of a scientist and the insight and affection of a portraitist, Robin Hill depicts North America's 51 species in full-page colour plate (after watercolours). Essays by emeritus director of the Smithsonian Institution S. Dillon Ripley and by the artist himself introduce the paintings and explore the importance of waterfowl in our lives — as visually beautiful animals, as fascinating social creatures, and as sensitive barometers for measuring the state of our continent's delicate rivers, wetlands, and marshlands.

Arranged in accordance with the American Ornithologists Union Checklist, the paintings — each accompanied by distribution maps and authoritative technical descriptions by Paul A. Johnsgard — represent a complete catalogue of North American waterfowl.

In addition to the large colour plates, dozens of pencil studies throughout the book provide intimate glimpses that bring the ducks, geese, and swans, vividly to life. Published, printed, and produced entirely in the United States, this folio volume is large enough to do justice to Robin Hill's subtle, detailed paintings. Moreover, this is more than a beautiful, lavishly-produced art book. Its comprehensive treatment of North American waterfowl will satisfy the ornithologist. Its technical range and accuracy earn its place on the shelf of the wildlife biologist. Its splendid plates, typography, and design will please the connoisseur of fine books. The books paintings, essays, and technical text will deepen all bird lovers' enchantment with North America's ducks, geese, and swans.

Copies of this book are available for purchase directly from the artist, including copies which are signed by the artist and copies which have been remarqued by the artist (signed and embellished with a small drawing).

Robin had his first book published in 1960 and has been producing magnificent works ever since. From Australian Waterfowl through to the masterpiece The Waterfowl of North America, his books have all been met with critical acclaim.


 *These books are available through online resources but are no longer in print.