Unlimited [Fiction Book] ↠ Birds of America - by John James Audubon ↠

By John James Audubon | Comments: ( 534 ) | Date: ( Dec 07, 2019 )

This collection of 435 full color reproductions of Audubon s paintings of birds are almost exactly one half of the original life size paintings Descriptions of each print is written by Dr Colin Harrison and Cyril Walker, scientific officers of the British Museum of Natural History.

  • Title: Birds of America
  • Author: John James Audubon
  • ISBN: 9781566491952
  • Page: 153
  • Format: Hardcover

About Author:

John James Audubon

John James Audubon Jean Jacques Audubon April 26, 1785 January 27, 1851 was a French American ornithologist, naturalist, and painter He was notable for his expansive studies to document all types of American birds and for his detailed illustrations that depicted the birds in their natural habitats His major work, a color plate book entitled The Birds of America 1827 1839 , is considered one of the finest ornithological works ever completed Audubon identified 25 new species.After 1819, Audubon went bankrupt and was thrown into jail for debt The little money he earned was from drawing portraits, particularly death bed sketches, greatly esteemed by country folk before photography He wrote, M y heart was sorely heavy, for scarcely had I enough to keep my dear ones alive and yet through these dark days I was being led to the development of the talents I loved Audubon made some excursions out West where he hoped to record Western species he had missed, but his health began to fail In 1848, he manifested signs of senility, his noble mind in ruins He died at his family home on January 27, 1851 Audubon is buried, close to the location of his home, at 155th Street and Broadway in Manhattan There is an imposing monument in his honor at the cemetery, which is the center of the Heritage Rose District of NYC.Audubon s influence on ornithology and natural history was far reaching Nearly all later ornithological works were inspired by his artistry and high standards Charles Darwin quoted Audubon three times in On the Origin of Species and also in later works Despite some errors in field observations, he made a significant contribution to the understanding of bird anatomy and behavior through his field notes Birds of America is still considered one of the greatest examples of book art Audubon discovered 25 new species and 12 new subspecies.He was elected to the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Linnaean Society, and the Royal Society in recognition of his contributions.The homestead Mill Grove in Audubon, PA is open to the public and contains a museum presenting all his major works, including Birds of America.The Audubon Museum at John James Audubon State Park in Henderson, Kentucky houses many of Audubon s original watercolors, oils, engravings and personal memorabilia.In 1905, the National Audubon Society was incorporated and named in his honor Its mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds He was honored by the United States Postal Service with a 22 Great Americans series postage stamp.On December 6, 2010, a copy of Birds of America was sold at a Sotheby s auction for 11.5 million, the second highest price for a single printed book.On 26 April 2011, Google celebrated his 226th birthday by displaying a special Google Doodle on its global homepage.Named after him Audubon and Audubon Park, both in New Jersey Many street signs in Audubon Park are named after birds drawn by him.Audubon, Pennsylvania, also has the Audubon Bird Sanctuary Most of the streets in this small town are named after birds that he drew.Audubon Elementary School, Audubon, PennsylvaniaThe Audubon Nature Institute, a family of museums, parks and other organizations in New Orleans, eight of which bear the Audubon name.The Audubon Park and country club in Louisville, Kentucky is in the area of his former general store.Several towns and Audubon County, Iowa.In Louisiana, John James Audubon Bridge Mississippi River Audubon Park Zoo, New Orleans.The northbound span of the Bi State Vietnam Gold Star Bridges was originally named the Audubon Memorial Bridge.John James Audubon State Park and the Audubon Museum located within the park in Henderson, Kentucky.Audubon Parkway, also in Kentucky, is a limited access highway connecting Henderson with Owensboro, Kentucky.Rue Jean Jacques Audubon in Nantes and Rue Audubon in Paris.

Comments Birds of America

  • Randy

    Most all of the North American birds are hereme people believe that true American art began with Audubon?! What a treat it must have been to see the now extinct Carolina parakeet and the most likely extinct Ivory-billed Woodpecker, which recently involved a massive manhunt here in Arkansas and generated mucho spin. I'm honestly glad they didn't find any. If they did, they're not telling anyone!The highly endangered Whooping Cranes and Trumpeter Swans are here in dizzying glory and I'm SO proud t [...]

  • Wendy

    If you liked/loved Okay for Now, you need to get your hands on a copy of this and look through it at least once. Check your local library.If you haven't read Okay for Now, you still should at least look through this magnificent book once in your life. It weighs about 40 pounds and the paintingswow. They really are awe-inspiring.

  • David Schaafsma

    I read this in conjunction with Gary Schmidt's wonderful younger YA novel, Okay for Now, in which the main character learns to draw (and see) through copying Audobon's wonderful depiction of various birds. This collection features several of the birds Schmidt makes use of, one per chapter, each linked to something going on in the chapter. Schmidt's idea seems to be that Audobon wasn't just making pictures of birds, he was imbuing them with certain characteristics, certain ideas and dispositions [...]

  • Ron

    This is the largest and heaviest book that we have in our library. It weighs 16 pounds, but feels like 50.The quality and profusion of the hand-colored engravings of the American birds is beyond belief.The beauty of the drawings is equaled by the detailed description of each species. This is is a great reference book, since it is broken into chapters including:Divers of Lakes and BaysWaterfowlScavengers and birds of preyUpland game birds and marsh-dwellersShorebirdsSeabirdsShowy BirdsGleaners of [...]

  • Mayda

    This large collection of illustrations may seem somewhat subdued in hue when compared to many of today’s illustrations but they are a magnificent representation of North American birds as drawn by Audubon. Be sure to read the introduction by Sheila Buff – it contains much interesting information.

  • Chris

    A fantastic book full of the most exquisitely drawn birds I've ever seen. I love birds and books but had never heard of this book until I stumbled upon an original plate kept in the Natural History Museum, London.The book, published by the Natural History Museum in London, contains 435 large hand coloured prints of engravings by John James Audubon; an American artist and naturalist who catalogued and engraved these birds between 1825 and 1838 in an ambitious project that was the first of its kin [...]

  • e smith

    Ok. So, I saw the original Audubon Book at The Field Museum in Chicago. It is beautiful. I don't care if you hate birds, this thing is amazing to look at. The book is about as big as my torso and was made by human hand, and not a digital press. It is beautiful. I tried to look up a reference for the book, when it was printed etcd came upon this:audubongalleries/conteIt's a facsimile of the original Audubon book. You can buy it online for $95,000.00rough PayPal. Does this make ANY sense to you? W [...]

  • Lisa James

    I am lucky enough to own a 3rd printing of this book, in hardback, dated 1961 on the front page. I found it in the old barn of someone my husband knew that ws moving, & the barn was full of things that had been left there by previous owners/renters of the property! It shows wear on the outside, but the interior is still beautiful, the printings of the plates crisp, & I treasure it :)

  • Foxtower

    While not even close to the real deal, this book is full of wonderful color reproductions of many of his paintings as well as his observations about the birds. The book is beautiful, printed on very heavy paper in Italy with no author listed for the brief introduction. Where do I find these things?

  • Anne Holly

    No star rating, as I lack expertise in the relevant fields. However, I can say I enjoyed reading it, and have enjoyed it many times. Lovely illustrations, of course (though sad, knowing most of the birds were stuffed before being painted). I find this book soothing, interesting, and rather educational. Recommended for a home library, at least as an enjoyable "thumbing" book.

  • Joseph

    I work for the Academy of Natural sciences in Philadelphia, where we turn the page daily on our copy of the Elephant Edition, so this particular version pales, but still a great book for the collection.

  • Lea

    Too clunky and large to be a practical field guide, and the prints are too small to fully appreciate the artwork. I recommend a coffee table sized book of Audubon's work and a newer field guide instead.

  • Richard

    My one issue with this edition, is that it seems to warp. There may be an issue with the binding and the paper. I exchanged for another one and the same thing happened. Still, it's very beautiful. Wonderful reproductions, vivid color.

  • Mark Luongo

    A classic. This edition presented 288 plates out of the 435 that were in the original folio. "Backgrounds" are as impressive as the birds themselves. Certainly an "eye" for detail.

  • Sarah

    Loved looking at all the pictures of the birds!



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  • Priscilla

    I picked up a copy of this at a used bookstore in Jackson Hole. I have always loved Audubon's artwork. Page after page of beautiful paintings.

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