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Audubon's Birds of America

by John James Audubon

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A magnificent new printing of this classic edition of John James Audubon's masterwork In this latest printing of the Baby Elephant Folio edition of Audubon's Birds of America, the thumbnail images accompanying the descriptive captions are printed in full color for the convenience of the reader. This printing also features an attractive new binding cloth, in a sumptuous teal color. The Baby Elephant Folio presents all 435 of Audubon's brilliant hand-colored engravings in exquisite reproductions derived from the original plates of the National Audubon Society's archival copy of the rare Double Elephant Folio. Although many attempts have been made to re-create the splendid illustrations in Audubon's masterpiece, nothing has ever equaled the level of fidelity achieved in this luxurious edition. Organized and annotated by Roger Tory Peterson and Virginia Marie Peterson, and issued with the full endorsement and cooperation of the Audubon Society, this volume is as informative as it is beautiful. Its fascinating introduction places Audubon in the context of the history of American ornithological art and also reproduces a wide sampling of the work of his notable predecessors and disciples, including Roger Tory Peterson's own rightfully famous paintings. A new systematic arrangement of the prints, following the modern classification of species, and descriptive captions about each bird allow us to appreciate Audubon's achievement in the light of modern ornithology.… (more)
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miniature Edition
  jhawn | Jul 31, 2017 |
I work for the Academy of Natural sciences in Philadelphia, where we turn the page daily on our copy of the Elephant Edition, so this particular version pales, but still a great book for the collection. ( )
1 vote Archivist13 | May 12, 2013 |
Picked this up at Housing Works several months back. Incredibly detailed illustrations. Good table of contents, no index. ( )
  JennyArch | Apr 3, 2013 |
On sale at the moment at Barnes and Noble for a ridiculously low price.

A beautiful book, created by taking apart original materials and digitally photographing them. I can see the difference compared to earlier books that include Audubon prints. The colors and lines are clear and the paper stock is pleasingly thick. Audubon's bird portraits not only represented a shift toward naturalistic depiction, but are in some cases lovely enough to make me tearful.

Ornithology nerds will enjoy comparing Audubon's Latin and common names to contemporary nomenclature. ( )
  OshoOsho | Mar 29, 2013 |
Came to us about 50 years ago, but not one of the originals
  philipdhinakar | Feb 25, 2011 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
John James Audubonprimary authorall editionscalculated
Amadon, DeanIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Buff, SheilaIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bull, John L.Contributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Griscom, LudlowIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Low, Susanne M.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Peterson, Roger ToryEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Peterson, Virginia MarieEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sibley, David AllenIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Voigt, WilliamIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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A magnificent new printing of this classic edition of John James Audubon's masterwork In this latest printing of the Baby Elephant Folio edition of Audubon's Birds of America, the thumbnail images accompanying the descriptive captions are printed in full color for the convenience of the reader. This printing also features an attractive new binding cloth, in a sumptuous teal color. The Baby Elephant Folio presents all 435 of Audubon's brilliant hand-colored engravings in exquisite reproductions derived from the original plates of the National Audubon Society's archival copy of the rare Double Elephant Folio. Although many attempts have been made to re-create the splendid illustrations in Audubon's masterpiece, nothing has ever equaled the level of fidelity achieved in this luxurious edition. Organized and annotated by Roger Tory Peterson and Virginia Marie Peterson, and issued with the full endorsement and cooperation of the Audubon Society, this volume is as informative as it is beautiful. Its fascinating introduction places Audubon in the context of the history of American ornithological art and also reproduces a wide sampling of the work of his notable predecessors and disciples, including Roger Tory Peterson's own rightfully famous paintings. A new systematic arrangement of the prints, following the modern classification of species, and descriptive captions about each bird allow us to appreciate Audubon's achievement in the light of modern ornithology.

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The Birds Of America by John James Audubon is one of the best known and most valuable natural history books every published. The original Double Elephant Folio edition has 435 hand-colored prints of engravings made from Audubon's original paintings. Apart from being of the highest artistic quality, Audubon's illustrations were exceptional in that they portrayed the birds life-size in natural positions and in their native habitats. The prints were originally issued in 87 sets of five between the years 1827 and 1838, with each set containing one large, one medium, and three small plates. it is thought that fewer than 200 complete sets were produced and that of these only 119 are known to exist today, the majority bound in four volumes, each approximately three feet tall.

AUDUBON, JOHN JAMES
The Birds of America, NY: The Macmillan Co, 1946. Fifth Edition. 1. Hard Cover. Publisher's full maroon cloth with embossed gilt bird and lettering on the front cover and gilt lettering on spine. Illustrated with 435 full-page color plates. Color drawings. 4to 11" - 13" tall. Very Good+ with no dust jacket .
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