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Audubon's Birds Of America (Tiny Folio)
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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
on April 26, 2008
This "baby elephant folio" is indeed a tiny but complete book of Audubon's "Birds of America." It is a perfect edition to give as a gift to friends and family who are Audubon aficionados. It is great quality and the price can't be beat; I purchased several.

I am adding this note: I have been reading through all the reviews and comments to reviews and it is obvious that many of the reviews are referring to a different sized edition of "Audubon's Birds of America" that have been for sale on Amazon. The item I wrote my review for and what is titled for sale as "Audubon's Birds of America" (Tiny Folio) is not the same book most people are reviewing, so it is confusing. The so-called "tiny folio" is not actually the title of the book being sold here. The book, which IS tiny and measures 4.5 x 4.3 x 1.5 inches, is hard covered and contains 435 pages. It is small but fully packed! It is sturdy! The actual title is "The National Audubon Society BABY Elephant Folio Audubon's Birds of America." It doesn't say "tiny" anywhere, only in Amazon's description. This book is not a coffee table book, it isn't for scholars, it isn't so big it won't fit into a bookcase, it sits nicely in the palm of your hand, actually covering just the palm of your hand, and it is beautiful! It is a great gift for someone who has everything, or someone who has shown some interest in Audubon's major work but doesn't want a bigger book, it is great to have in your own bookcase or on the corner of the desk. I think Amazon needs to review its description for this BABY folio and take out the "tiny" from the description and then when they get other editions (which are sure to be larger) to be sure they have the correct description for them. BUYER BEWARE! This book is very small but you will love it!
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54 of 59 people found the following review helpful
on July 13, 2007
Having recently read the biography of Audubon, I was very interested in seeing the actual drawings. The book I read had a few of them in black and white, but I wanted to see a larger sample in color. I decided to see if Amazon had anything and was very surprised to see that they offered all of the original drawings in color for a very small price. I realized the book would be smaller than the original life size drawings, but was a little surprised to find that the book was so small. That is my main problem with the book. Otherwise - WOW. To see these birds in all their glory in full color is just breathtaking. Furthermore, when you consider the original size, to have shrunk them down and still maintain the detail and the beauty is quite impressive. One can appreciate the drawings without having read about Audobon's struggle to create and then publish them, but I would suggest this book as a companion to a good biography of Audobon. Once you have both, his accomplishment can be fully appreciated.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on November 27, 2011
It's tiny, but it has beautiful pictures with rich colors. All of the pictures are of great quality. It's as thick as a doorstop and includes every picture. If you love the art, but have limited space and budget, this is for you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This book reproduces the images of the Havell Edition of Audubon's BIRDS OF AMERICA. It is by far the most compact of the books that do so -- it is small and light in weight. Aside from a few exceptions, most of the plates have good color that approximates the originals well. My copy of this book (which I bought more than 25 years ago) is still in excellent condition and has been well used. For these reasons, I highly recommend this little book and consider it a treasure.

As is the case with all the books that attempt to reproduce THE BIRDS OF AMERICA in its entirety, there are things that I consider well done and some I wish could be different. By necessity, the small format results in some loss of the amazing detail of the original compositions, and even some of the detail you can see in the larger books of Audubon reproductions. Because the images are small and uniform in size (that is, they take up the same size page), you cannot see Audubon's work the way he wanted it to be seen -- with everything scaled to "life." This last point, of course, is a problem with any book of Audubon reproductions. For most of us, it would be highly impractical and extremely expensive to purchase a reproduction of Audubon's complete folio in the original size.

On each plate, the book provides the current species common name, the common name Audubon used, and the current scientific name. This is very useful information. My personal preference is for the books that reproduce the original prints with all the writing that appears on them. This includes plate and part numbers, credits to artist and printer, common and scientific bird and plant names (as Audubon understood them), and keys to the figures when multiple birds appear in the plate. I find the lack of such text to be the most serious flaws in many of the books that reproduce Audubon's work. In the case of this book, however, this omission is for the best -- there isn't room on these small pages for anything more.

If you are not on a strict budget, and you don't mind a heavier and larger size, I would suggest you consider a different book. But if you are curious about Audubon and want a quick and inexpensive introduction to the great variety of his bird images, this could be the right choice. Yes, this is Audubon pared down to the essentials...but that still leaves you with a lot to enjoy.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 17, 2013
This was a gift. I made baskets & filled them with: Audubon Calendar, Audubon field guide, Audubon bookmarks, oragami cranes, silk flowers, pine cones, Audubon Birds of America Tiny Folio, bottle of wine, bird seed. These baskets were gifted to two friends who are avid bird watchers/nature lovers. This was a huge hit!!! Everyone at the party was commenting on MY gifts when there was a huge table full of gifts!!! This book is very small but the quality is definitely there. It is a great way to view & reference the Audubon's Birds of America in its entirety without spending a fortune. I didn't give it 5 stars because I feel that if they had made it just a bit bigger, and charged a little bit more, it would still have been an affordable option & would have appealed to many more readers/viewers. I purchased one for myself, as well, & my daughter loves to look through it, and I will enjoy referencing it (as long as I have on my reading glasses!!) lol.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 26, 2012
I bought this book with the original intention of tearing out the pages and framing the prints with big mats on my wall, but now I can't bring myself to do it! It's a beautiful little book (as one reviewer said, it fits in the palm of your hand) and has so many gorgeous, colorful prints in it that it feels like a crime to tear them out. I also started reading the little bio of Audubon in the book, which was highly educational. This book now resides on our round end table and I will have to buy another to use for wall hangings. But, just for reference, these prints will work with larger mats. The size of the prints are 3x4 and 1/2 and the edges are all white, so I will just glue the print to a 3x5 white piece of paper to fill the mat.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 15, 2013
My eight-year-old nature lover loves this book. It is on his nightstand, if that gives you any clue. We couldn't afford the larger book, but we were not disappointed with this smaller version.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 21, 2014
Small and very handy reference for Audubon bird lovers. Excellent for those with small shelf space and love books. Reproductions are excellent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 29, 2012
Exactly as advertised. Solid little book.

They said I had to have 14 more words so I added this little blurb.
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on March 6, 2013
This is just as described. A tiny version of the real book. It's hard cover easily hand held and seems to be sturdy. The picture quality is good but it's difficult to see the fine details. This is no fault of the book but just the nature of such a small book. There is a brief biography in the front but if you need reading glasses this may be difficult as the words are very small. It's a nice book for kids to look at and if you don't want to spend the money on the large version. It can easily be carried around, taken to bed to flip through. However, I think to see the true beauty of the work you may want to buy the large coffee table size. Overall, I'm happy with purchase. It is exactly as expected and explained in description.
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