The Birds of America – John James Audubon

John James Audubon

Published by Macmillan Company, New York, in 1937.

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Published by The Macmillan Company, NY, in 1937. With an introduction and descriptive text by William Vogt. Reprinted from the original drawings and including facsimile of original title page from 1827 portfolio publication. Of the 500 plates, the first 435 were originally published by Audubon in London from 1827 to 1838; a superb set of the original Elephant Folio plates was used for making these reproductions. The final 65 subjects were painted at a later date, when Audubon was able to obtain specimens of western birds, and first reproduced in the octavo Birds of America published by Audubon in New York in 1840 to 1844. The present plates 436-500 were reproduced from that book. Green cloth bound volume, with gold letters and embossed image on the cover. No dust jacket. Slight damage at top of spine. Ex Libris bookplate in front.

John James Audubon (1785-1851) set off in the 1820s with nothing but his gun, artist’s materials, and a young assistant, to depict America’s avifauna. Though not the first person to attempt to paint and describe all the birds of America, his work is still a standard against which 20th and 21st century bird artists are measured.


Published by: The MacMillan Company

Location published: New York

Year published: 1937


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