Artist Bill Reid- Salmon Portfolio

In 1974 the Government of Canada produced 500 portfolios on Canadian salmon as gifts for heads of states and other dignitaries. There were an additional number of copies made available to the Canadian public at the price of $ 500, it is estimated that only 1000 total were made available.
This portfolio was received as a gift and unfortunately had some water damage.
Contents of this portfolio:
• The brown cloth portfolio cover has a simulated argillite replica of Bill Reid's "Haida Salmon", 3 x 6, inset on the front.
Condition:
o some wear on the bottom corner
• The book, "The Salmon" (12 x 9 inches), 79 pp. by Roderick Haig-Brown.
Condition:
o some wear on the front cover
• All brochures and color prints measure 22" x 17". The first descriptive brochure is titled "The Salmon - Canada's Plea for a Threatened Species" setting forth the contents of the portfolio.
Condition
o This is damaged large portions still intact.
• Brochure titled "The Legacy" containing 5 silkscreen prints in two colors by Haida artist Bill Reid.
Condition
o The brochure is damage again with some good sections
o The five silkscreen prints were removed from the folder and framed and are in perfect condition
• A brochure titled "The Ceremony of the First Salmon" by Hilary Stewart.
Condition
o The brochure is damage again with some good sections
• Brochure titled "The Atlantic" containing 5 prints - two reproductions of chromolithographs from Rev. Houghton's "British Fresh Water Fishes" [1873]; one reproduction of a hand-colored copper engraving by J. Stewart ca. 1840 from Goldsmith's "A History of the Earth and Animated Nature" [1873]; two reproductions of hand-colored copper engravings from Jardine's "The Naturalist's Library" [1833].
Condition
o The brochure is damage again with some good sections
o The prints are in good shape some damage to the ends, could be cropped and framed


• Brochure titled "The Pacific" containing 5 color reproductions of Pacific salmon by David Denbigh.
Condition
o The brochure is damaged again with some good sections, however the prints of the Pacific salmon are all damaged
• Brochure titled "The Cycle" containing 3 color reproductions of watercolors by Rudi Kovach and 2 reproductions of gauche paintings by David Denbigh.
Condition
o The brochure is damaged again with some good sections,
o The prints are in excellent condition

Original Salmon Portfolio Details
In 1974 under the direction of Fisheries and Marine Service, Environment Canada, Ottawa, a portfolio was commissioned and designed to encourage and influence other nations to adopt and support Canada's position of protecting salmon stocks along both its coasts, with the hope that representatives of member nations attending the Third United Nations Law of the Sea Conference held in Caracas, Venezuela in June 1974, would be favorably inclined to champion the cause of salmon protection.
• Canada spent nearly $500,000 to produce it, and what a spectacular presentation it was
o Contents of the portfolio:
 The book, "The Salmon" (12 x 9 inches), 79 pp. by Roderick Haig-Brown.
 Includes twenty-one color plates of salmon held in four distinct colored brochures plus two descriptive brochures, 9 pp. each.
 All brochures and color prints measure 22" x 17". The first descriptive brochure is titled "The Salmon - Canada's Plea for a Threatened Species" setting forth the contents of the portfolio.
 Brochure titled "The Legacy" containing 5 silkscreen prints in two colors by Haida artist Bill Reid.
 A brochure titled "The Ceremony of the First Salmon" by Hilary Stewart. Brochure titled "The Atlantic" containing 5 prints - two reproductions of chromolithographs from Rev. Houghton's "British Fresh Water Fishes" [1873]; one reproduction of a hand-colored copper engraving by J. Stewart ca. 1840 from Goldsmith's "A History of the Earth and Animated Nature" [1873]; two reproductions of hand-colored copper engravings from Jardine's "The Naturalist's Library" [1833].
 Brochure titled "The Pacific" containing 5 color reproductions of Pacific salmon by David Denbigh.
 Brochure titled "The Cycle" containing 4 color reproductions of watercolors by Rudi Kovach and 2 reproductions of gauche paintings by David Denbigh.
 The color plates were printed on the finest European papers of varying textures and compositions, and the salmon plates have a beautiful finish and luster which present the fish in exquisite detail. The brown cloth portfolio has a simulated argillite replica of Bill Reid's "Haida Salmon", 3 x 6, inset on the front cover.
• 500 copies destined for Kings, Queens, desert sultanates, jungle potentates, plus prime ministers, presidents, ambassadors, foreign ministers and other worthies selected by the Canadian government. (several countries received multiple copies) - included with the mix of luminaries receiving the portfolio were a few dim bulbs, such as President Duvalier of Haiti (Baby Doc) and the Entebbe Fisheries School (under Idi Amin). The rationale for this was that each United Nations country had just one vote to cast either to protect salmon stocks or not - in this instance, Baby Doc held the same voting power as Henry Kissinger.
• This elegant portfolio was published in brown buckram over oak and lined in Bancroft Arrestox silver cloth. The portfolio was presented to Heads of State selected by the government, and the mission was carried out by in-country Canadian ambassadors who personally delivered copies.

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