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America's Other Audubon Hardcover – May 2, 2012
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"These are exceptional and heretofore almost unknown late 19th-century color paintings of birds' nests and eggs by an obscure Ohio family. Begun by Genevieve Jones, who died young, it was eventually completed by her brother Howard, mother Virginia, and friend Eliza Schulze. This book is essentially by them, a reissue of an 1886 title of which only 90 copies were printed. Kiser, a former librarian resurrected this work and contributes a compelling introduction. The nest paintings, aside from their stunning accuracy, are works of art in their own right.... These paintings charm and delight.... Highly recommended." -- Library Journal
"The story behind these lithographs reminds us of the unsung heroines of our natural-history literature. There will likely never be a Jones Society, but [Genevieve] clearly had something of Audubon in her soul, and more besides." -- Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet
"The paintings are delicate and exquisite." -- Seattle Times
"America's Other Audubon is an uncommon delight. This new volume is an opportunity to discover an essential 'lost' treasure of American natural history, as well as an invitation to deepen our own connection with a wilder, natural world." -- Lyanda Lynn Haupt, author of Crow Planet
"Should be shelved in every birder's library next to Audubon's own paintings." -- Buffalo News
"One of the great triumphs of 19th century art and natural history.... The introduction by Kiser offers a poignant and abundantly fascinating snapshot of the Jones family." -- The Columbus Dispatch
"Not since J. A. Baker's The Peregrine has there been such a moving book about birds. The story of the gifted-but-doomed amateur, the passion of the undertaking shake us. The beauty of the plates and their accessibility, until now denied all except a few who owned the rare original book, make this a rich gift to all who find interest in the natural world." -- Annie Proulx, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Shipping News
"If Emily Dickinson had been an amateur naturalist and painter, she would've been Genevieve Jones, whose life and work are lovingly resurrected here. Inspired by Audubon's Birds of America, Jones, the daughter of a country doctor, sought to create a book, "Illustrations of the Nests and Eggs of Birds of Ohio," to complement his work. Jones died during the project -- at 32 from typhoid fever -- but her family finished it. Just 90 copies were made, but now a classic work of science and art, and a fascinating 19th-century life, have been returned to us." --- New York Times
"If Audubon -- who had plenty of help, but who lives in the mind as a solitary inventor -- is the Robinson Crusoe of nature art, then the Joneses are the Swiss Family Robinson. America's Other Audubon is a vital work of scholarly reclamation that will, I hope, introduce a wide world to the remarkable Genevieve Jones and the familial collaboration her life and death inspired. -- Jonathan Rosen, author of The Life of the Skies: Birding at the End of Nature
"I have been enjoying simply browsing and admiring this wonderful book, for both the skill of the human artist and the intricacy of the birds' constructions. The most remarkable thing is that this work has been neglected for so long, and I'm very pleased to see it now getting the recognition it deserves." -- David Allen Sibley, author of The Sibley Guide to Birds
"Exquisite." -- Cleveland Plain Dealer
"America's Other Audubon, an appropriately lavish large-format volume full of Gennie, Virginia, and Eliza's gorgeous illustrations, captures this extraordinary story of curiosity, creativity, and entrepreneurship with the kind of rigor and passion on par with the Joneses' own." -- BrainPickings
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She began her professional career as the librarian for the Cleveland Museum of Natural History in 1995. In 2001, she moved to the Washington, DC, area to become the librarian for National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). America's Other Audubon was awarded the 2013 Ohioana Book Award.
(The volumes shown in Joy's photograph are owned by Cleveland Museum of Natural History. The color plates in America's Other Audubon were contributed by the Smithsonian Institution Libraries and came from one of their copies of Illustrations of the Nests and Eggs of the Birds of Ohio.)
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It is a tribute to a young woman, Gennie Jones, who was inspired by John James Audubon, to supplement the areas of avian life (nests and eggs) omitted in his work. That she should have a family dedicated to completing her dream after her death at a very young age, is a tribute to family love and devotion.
Originally I intended to give this book to my nun sister-in-law because it looked feminine and lovely in the Amazon presentation. Yet when it arrived, I realized that what she needed was a field guide and not this. No doubt I'd have bought a second copy to keep for our personal library.
This is a hard cover book, by Princeton Architectural Press, with embossed cloth binding of the spine, which is entirely robin's egg blue, as are the end papers...colorful but classic, the boards themselves appropriately "eggshell" white, and smooth enough for a cover drawing to be printed front, and descriptive writing on the outside back cover. It has no dust cover.
Quality paper, the portions such as the foreword, preface and index are in white paper stock, so you understand right away that this is the current information marshalled by Joy M. Kiser. A more subtle paper in tan is used to denote the portions from the original Jones text and illustration. This helps to distinguish when you leave today and go back to the world as Gennie and her family were putting it all together.
Be sure to read the Foreword by the head of the Smithsonian libraries, explaining the unique value of the original work. Not many copies of the original exist, so this effort is a real treasure to bird lovers.
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Beautiful illustrations. Excellent book. Leave it out on your coffee table so guests can enjoy it.Published 4 months ago by Katewin Peterson
I am not sure how I found this book, but it has been in my wish list for two years, and I finally decided to order it this week. Read morePublished 9 months ago by D. Scott