Edward Lear's set of 42 hand-colored lithographs entitled 'Illustrations of the Family of Psittacidae, or Parrots' comprise one of the first collections entirely dedicated to parrots in the history of scientific illustration. With a zoological introduction and written 'portraits' of various birds, this title presents Lear's parrots.
Born and raised in Rome and educated at the University of Pisa in Art History and History of Art Criticism, Francesco Solinas is Maitre de Conferences at the College de France (Paris). Specialist in the art of documentation, and in the history of collecting, his books, catalogs and numerous essays on Cassiano dal Pozzo and XVIIth century Roman art and culture are well known. He is also notable for his works on Italian princely and aristocratic collections, such as the Medici, the Barberini, the Frescobaldi, and the Theodoli, as well as his studies on European still-life. Sophia Willmann studied biology Gottingen. In 2007 she took part in whale research at the Port Elizabeth Museum in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. In addition to numerous publications on marine biology, she is also author of children books.