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The American ornithologist John James Audubon was born in 1785 in Haiti. His boyhood was spent in France. At the age of 18, he came to the United States and made his home in Pennsylvania.. As a young man, Audubon enjoyed observing birds. He organized the first bird-banding flights in the United States. In the 1830s, Audubon traveled to Florida and spent most of his time in the Florida Keys. Soon he conceived the idea of painting every species of American bird in its native habitat. To accomplish that goal, Audubon spent years traveling through wilderness areas enduring incredible hardships. His drawings and paintings of birds and other animals represent a combination of artistic talent and scientific observation. Unable to provide financially for his family, Audubon went to Great Britain in search of a publisher in 1826. Not only did he succeed in getting his work published there, Audubon also was made a member of the Wernerian Natural History Society and of the Royal Society. The Birds of America, in elephant folio size, was published in parts between 1827 and 1938. The accompanying five-volume text, called Ornithological Biography (1831--39), was prepared largely in Edinburgh, Scotland, in collaboration with William MacGillivray. Returning to the United States in 1836, Audubon dined with President Andrew Jackson and received a warm welcome from Daniel Webster and Washington Irving. While Audubon's drawings of birds and other animals were exceptional as art, they also influenced ornithologists and other zoologists to observe wildlife in natural settings. Audubon died in 1851. Audubon's two sons completed the Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America, which Audubon had begun in collaboration with John Bachman. (Bowker Author Biography) — biography from Audubon's Birds of America… (more)
Audubon's Birds of America 1,179 copies, 9 reviews
The Audubon Reader 105 copies, 3 reviews
Audubon's Masterpieces 51 copies, 1 review
Audubon and His Journals 29 copies, 1 review
Audubon's Wildlife 28 copies, 1 review
Audubon: Early Drawings 23 copies, 1 review
Peregrine 1 copy
Osprey 1 copy
Mallard 1 copy
Scrub Jay 1 copy
Wood Duck 1 copy
Blue Jay 1 copy
Ducks 1 copy
Bald Eagle 1 copy
Fish Crow 1 copy
Wood Stork 1 copy
Willet 1 copy
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