Original front cover painting from ‘Lost Land of the Dodo’ published in 2008 by Anthony Cheke and Julian Hume. Acrylic on handmade paper. Painting measures 50 x 30 cm. Signed in pencil lower right. The painting shows a dodo overlooking Le Morne Mountain from Chamarel, southwest Mauritius, and the arrival of Dutch ships in the bay in 1598. This proved disastrous for the dodo, as human changes to Mauritius resulted in the extinction of the dodo within 80 years.