- Hardcover: 448 pages
- Publisher: Natural History Museum; 1st edition (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: 86 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,924,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Birds of America 1st Edition
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About the Author
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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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.
Besides descriptions and range (available in many other sources) this includes stories which illustrate the character and behavior of each species, definitely a couple steps beyond what you would find elsewhere. Yes, it's old; not many penguins, for example; but it helps me understand, enjoy, and remember the different bird species in a personal way.
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The condition of the book was as described and the price was right!!