Wild Fowl Decoys

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Wild Fowl Decoys is an art reference book by American collector Joel Barber, first published in 1934 by Windward House.[1] The book has been re-printed a number of times, notably two years after Barber's death in 1952, by Dover Books.[2] More recently, the book has been reprinted in 1989 and 2000 by Derrydale Press.[3]

This heavily illustrated book aimed to be a comprehensive guide to the carved wooden duck decoy. Used by early American waterfowl hunters, this type of decoy was promoted by the author as a form of folk art. The book is considered by art historians to be the first on the subject, and was a bible to decoy collectors throughout the 20th century. The watercolor illustrations painted by Barber for the book are in the collection of the Shelburne Museum.[4]

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  1. ^ Barber, Joel David (1934). Wild Fowl Decoys. New York: Windward House. 
  2. ^ Baxter, John; Barber, Joel (1 June 1955). "Wild Fowl Decoys". The New England Quarterly. 28 (2): 279. doi:10.2307/362793. JSTOR . 362793 . 
  3. ^ Barber, Joel (2000). Wild fowl decoys. Lanham, Md.: Derrydale Press. ISBN 9781568331454. 
  4. ^ Joyce, Henry; Stephens, Sloane (2001). American folk art at the Shelburne Museum. Shelburne, Vt.: Shelburne Museum. ISBN 9780939384266. 

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