- 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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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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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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A great collectible book with lots of pictures. Hard to come by, but a treasure for sure.Published 16 months ago by D. Dana