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Birds of America Hardcover – October 1, 2011

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ISBN-13: 978-0565092733 ISBN-10: 0565092731

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John James Audubon was a naturalist and painter and is considered one of the greatest bird artists of all time. Born in Haiti in 1785, he spent much of his life travelling North America observing, catching and drawing birds and animals in remarkable detail. Using a variety of materials to create a highly dramatic style, he painted almost 500 species of the 700 or so regularly occurring North American bird species. He also painted other animals but it is his life-size illustrations of birds that he is most famous for.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Natural History Museum (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0565092731
  • ISBN-13: 978-0565092733
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 1.8 x 15 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,748,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By RS/HH on December 25, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I was initially dissuaded from purchasing this book because there were no reviews available and I had not seen it in person, but it is a gorgeous book that cannot be beat for this price. The book is fully colored and printed on a matte rather than glossy paper and the reproductions are wonderful. This is a massive volume enclosed in a slipcase, and the book itself is very well made. The content of the book is superb, and Audubon's birds come to life in this edition. The colors are vibrant and show the true beauty of nature.

I have not compared it to the significantly more expensive "Baby Elephant Folio," but this edition is wonderful in itself at a price that cannot be beat. If you are a fan of Audubon and wish to have a complete edition of the Birds of America, I highly recommended this book.
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Audubon Collector on February 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This volume is tremendous in print clarity and color reproduction. Many of the birds look as though they were hand colored.

The prints are arranged on single pages and printed on a flat to semi glossy paper in the same order as the Havell Double Elephant Folio. The combination of rich color and paper quality make this the best reproduction that I have seen to date.

You can clearly see the fine gradation between tones of white-grey-black (aquatint) as in the originals. The tree limbs and tree bark have great sharpness and color. I have not found any print that has noticeable flaws in print quality, color richness or ink distribution. Yellow warblers are yellow; blacks are black. I've compared the colors to the DEF at LSU and the University of Pittsburg and they are amazingly accurate. All-in-all a great volume.

I also have several other volumes of the Birds of America produced throughout the years including a recent purchase of the Abbeville Press Baby Elephant Folio but none compare to the richness of color seen here.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By snm3 on April 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover
My 8 year old son saw an Audubon museum exhibit months ago. He asked for an Audubon book for his birthday. His grandmother got this for him and he is THRILLED. Large, beautiful pictures, quality book structure. Lots of "WHOA!" exclamations as he turned the pages. Highly recommend.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Raymond on May 11, 2012
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I had no prior knowledge of the history of this book (being from Australia), it was only a chance glimpse of some close-ups of the artist's work in a nature documentary that caused me to search this out. Because there have been myriad versions published, it took me a while to decide on this one from the publishing house Sterling. I can find nothing to complain about, the book's nearly 450 large pages are totally devoted to stunning reproductions, one to each page, with only an index at the back and a brief 2 page forward at the front. The paper is a beautiful soft matt card which is totally sympathetic to the water-based ink & wash colors of the originals.
The state of the art digital scans (or photography) direct from the originals reveals sharp detail and harmonious balance of tone, from hard blacks to delicate creams. The order of the plates does not seem to follow species lines so there is surprise and variety at each page turn. It is the sort of book to give years of pleasure and is idealy suited to opening at random as the book in whole is too much to take in all at once.
Each and every page is a perfectly planned & realised work of art and it is a pleasure to take a magnifying glass and scan the appreciative eye over the finely detailed images within. A lovely calming way to spend 15-30 mins.
How one individual was able to do all that trecking & searching in the wilds, observing, hunting, drawing all those birds and then produce so many prints of such equal un-rushed beauty is a mind spin in itself.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By SueAnne Watts on November 12, 2012
Format: Hardcover
At the time I ordered this book, I was truly confused as to which folio of prints I should get. To be perfectly honest, the economic times being what they are, I ordered this book when it was on sale. It was to be a special gift to someone in my family as a congratulatory gift, who was an avid birder. Oh my! When these arrived I couldn't have been more pleased! Everyone of the wonderful original prints is there, some having to been reduced in sized naturally, other smaller ones having been painstakingly enlarged so that every page is the same size. I didn't want a book so valuable that my grandchildren could not sit with us and learn and see, but I did want an excellent folio. I couldn't be more thrilled and I can't wait until it is time to present this gift and see the slow smile of joy spread across his face! It was everything everyone who reviewed it positively said it was, so you can be sure what you are getting. Enjoy!
AS A FOLLOW UP: THE BOOK WAS GIVEN TO OUR AVID BIRDER AS AN ENGAGEMENT GIFT and he was thrilled. He loved the presentation box, the size and the prints themselves of course. Truly a look of amazement and the careful almost revered turning of every page. The only problem with the book at all was his fiancee who wasn't sure who was getting more attention, Audubon or her! Even at the full price it is well worth it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By birdman7 on May 4, 2012
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The book is worth the price and is very nice --But it is not the size as advertised-it is 15.5in x 10.5in x 2.5in and that measurement is is taken of the slipcase with the book inside--I bring out this point for those who wish to take out pages for framing--all in all it is a good buy
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