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Birds of America: The Complete Collection of 435 Illustrations from the Most Famous Bird Book in the World Hardcover – October, 1997

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 504 pages
  • Publisher: Laurel Glen; First Printing Thus edition (October 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1571456120
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571456120
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 10.8 x 14.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #295,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This review refers to the book subtitled "The complete collection of 435 illustrations from the most famous bird book in the world." The book was published in several editions between 1997 and 2000. The publishers of which I am aware include Welcome Rain, Laurel Glen, and Wordsworth. Do not confuse this book with other books reproducing Audubon's Birds of America with the same or similar title.

This is the best book available for anyone who wishes to see accurate reproductions of Audubon's greatest work, the Double Elephant Folio edition of Birds of America. Produced in collaboration with the uniquely talented printer/artist, Robert Havell, Audubon's massive work is (as the subtitle of this book says) the most famous bird book in the world. As such, the Double Elephant Folio deserves to be reproduced as it really is, with all titles, part and plate numbers, and credits to artist and printer that are part of the original plates. This is the only book of several on the market (whether used or in print) that allows the reader to see the plates-all 435 of them--as they actually appear in the original work.

As a collector and art dealer, I use this book constantly, but I have never spent much time looking at the text. It consists of brief notes to each plate (primarily factual information on the specific birds pictured). Although the 2-page introduction gets the basic facts of Audubon's life right, I noticed many significant errors. The book also has organizational flaws (including the lack of an index to the plates or even page numbers to allow you to quickly locate specific plates). Nevertheless, the color and printing is very good to excellent on most of the images, and it is generally superior to that of other Audubon art books. Until something better comes along, I would consider this book a "must-have" for any serious student or collector of Audubon's art.
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Format: Hardcover
Good sharp, clear rendering of Audubon's 435 Birds. The images appear to be photo offsets of the original Havell prints, including small flaws like spots and tears. No page or image numbers. You have to pencil in your own by using the excellent table of contents at the back of the book. Solid, high quality binding. Excellent addition to any birdwatcher's library.
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Beautiful illustrations. I have heard that the images in this publication (there are several out there of Audubon's birds) most closely reproduces the Havell prints as these images reproduce all marginalia, inscriptions, and numbering. Some of the greens are a little brownish. Having not examined the original Havell Audubon prints (which I hope to do some day) I am only comparing these reproductions with those in the 4 other Audubon books I own. But not to take away from this book one iota. There is a warmth to these images not seen in other publications that makes you just want to curl up and enjoy them. They look like art work, which of course they are! The images have a slightly antique appearance to them, which again is probably reflective of the original Havell prints, paper and technique. This out of print book can be purchased for a very reasonable price. For any Audubon bird art lover, this is a must buy. Just buy it.
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Format: Hardcover
This is a very nice edition showing the complete collection of 435 illustrations. The colors are vibrant. The book is a nice size, but not so large that it cannot be easily handled. The pictures are a copy of the actual paintings with the original artist descriptions. The notations on each of the plates with a further description are included at the end of the book. Well worth the cost. Beautiful book.
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