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Audubon's Masterpieces: 150 Prints from the Birds of America Hardcover – January 1, 2004


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: JG Press; 1 edition (January 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572153172
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572153172
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #243,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

John James Audubon (April 26, 1785 ? January 27, 1851) was a French American ornithologist, naturalist, and painter. He was notable for his expansive studies to document all types of American birds and for his detailed illustrations that depicted the birds in their natural habitats. His major work, a color-plate book entitled The Birds of America (1827?1839), is considered one of the finest ornithological works ever completed. Audubon identified 25 new species.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By NYCatHeart on May 22, 2012
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The size of the book/prints is quite nice; not too big, not too small. The prints are very crisp & clear, and in NO way look to be of lesser quality for the sake of mass production as these types of books can sometimes can sometime be. A great addition to the library or coffee table & well worth the purchase (especially at an Amazon bargain!).

I actually purchased a second copy of this book. I was so impressed with my first that I purchased a 2nd to frame individual prints(they're a perfect 8x10), and they look amazing in the grouping of twelve on my wall (I was fortunate to find 12 large-scale, very expensive-looking frames for only $10 each on clearance). Everyone thinks I paid a fortune for them!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Edna B on January 2, 2013
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Audobon's Masterpieces is simply put: gorgeous. I bought this book for the sole purpose of having a pretty book of birds to lay out on my coffee table (and appear stylish, but also intellectual - science people!) and I have already began ripping out pages to matte and frame on my walls. It's ridiculous, as an avid book lover I would never dream of tearing pages out of a book, but these illustrations are just THAT beautiful. The pictures are calming and lovely and I can't say enough how happy I am with my purchase.

Please buy this for your sister, mother, nerdy bird-loving brother/father/boyfriend/hobo down the street. It brings a smile to my face every time I glance at the pretty hardback cover and randomly open up to a page of beauty. Nature is beautiful, people.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By wiredweird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on December 30, 2012
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It's great to see so many of these famous works, collected into one affordable volume. Though hardly a complete representation of Audobon's work, this offers scores or reproductions to study and enjoy, printed large enough that all but the finest details come through clearly.

Too bad this kind of work has largely been supplanted by photography. Photos, of course, capture the literal truth of an image with mechanical perfection. But, for a naturalist, the details unique to each species matter - markings on every part of othe animal, common poses, etc. It's hard to convince a bird to pose in exactly the way that will display its distinguishing features most clearly. That's where the artist has an advantage, in lifelike renderings that approach photographic literalism but with a scientist's eye for the specifics that matter most. This will please anyone who loves birds, wildlife in general, or art with such purpose and heriitage.

-- wiredweird
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By HappyAtHome on December 1, 2013
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My children love to look at these beautiful prints.
Great addition to my library. Would buy all over again.
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