Audubon birds of america book item details a collection of offset lithographs on paper after john james audubon 1785 1851 of birds of america fifty selections with commentaries by roger tory peterson published by the macmillan company, ny. Feb 8, 2017 john james audubon april 26, 1785 january 27, 1851 was an artist and naturalist who drew birds from life and created the mammoth book the birds of america. Fortyfive of audubon s noted illustrations rendered for coloring by paul kennedy. It is considered to be the single most valuable set of volumes in the collections of the university library system uls. Jan 09, 2012 as part of my research for the lost bird project, i was graciously given access to the audubon double folio housed in the rare books library at cornell university. The birds of america um library homepage um library. The paintings are lifesize, requiring elephant folios massive books to fit the different birds. But, despite his frequent later residencies in europe promoting and overseeing the production of the birds of america, most of his life was spent in the united states, which he travelled from philadelphia. Collecting the birds of america by audubon, john james. Mar 26, 2015 timeless illustrations from birds of america by ornithologist, artist, and naturalist john james audubon. The lifes work of both a lover and observer of birds and nature. Excellent art conservation services are provided for all types of two dimension artwork, include. First published in double elephant size approximately a metre tall in the first half of the nineteenth century, it is famous for its.
Audubon prints birds of america original octavos 1st. There are so many people including young ones that want to learn all they can about birds and this is a great book to get. National audubon society field guide to north american birds. Popular edition of john james audubon s 1785 1851 illustrations of birds of america began painting in 1840. The birds of america by audubon and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at. John james audubon 1785 1851 was an ornithologist of the early 19thcentury responsible for creating the largest and most beautiful illustrated bird book. Aside from being famous in the rare book world, birds of america has also immense historical and ornithological importance. In 1959 readers digest, with the sale of our amazing world of nature, accompanied this book with certain reproductions of the birds of america which the company states were made from photographs of prints that are part of the double elephant folio collection at the new york public library. Worlds most expensive book, birds of america, set to. Also including the birds of america, published the macmillan company, 1937. The bestselling photographic field guidea birding bible for more than four million enthusiasts. Built for all experience levels, it will help you identify the birds around you, keep track of the birds youve seen, and get outside to find new birds near you.
Birds of america is one of the best known natural history books ever produced and also one of the most valuable a complete set sold at auction in december. The birds of america absorbed audubon s attention for much of his life and its publication took nearly 12 years to complete. Collection of 288 audubon paintings, in color, accompanied by captions by ornothologist ludlow griscom 1890 1959, known as the dean of the birdwatchers. He created about 200 copies of the 3foottall, fourvolume set, each. This sparkling tiny folio edition of audubon s birds of america displays all 435 of audubon s handcolored engravings, graced with an illuminating introduction by roger tory peterson that places audubon in his ornithological and art historical context. Mar 28, 2003 audubon s birds of america coloring book by john james audubon, 9780486230498, available at book depository with free delivery worldwide. Buy the birds of america complete ed of audubons classic work by john james audubon isbn. One of the most valuable natural history books ever published, it shows birds in natural positions and in their native habitats.
Worlds most expensive book, birds of america, set to fetch. As part of my research for the lost bird project, i was graciously given access to the audubon double folio housed in the rare books library at cornell university. Mar, 2001 the book was published in several editions between 1997 and 2000. He was notable for his extensive studies documenting all types of american birds and for his detailed illustrations that depicted the birds in their natural habitats.
John james audubon and the making of the birds of america william souder. Apr 14, 2001 the golden field guide, birds of north america has been a favorite companion for countless birders since it was first published in the late 1960s. First published in double elephant size approximately a metre tall in the first half of the nineteenth century, it is famous for. The sevenvolume birds of america includes images of six nowextinct birds. The publishers of which i am aware include welcome rain, laurel glen, and wordsworth. Including the redwinged blackbird, painted bunting, wood duck, great blue heron, rubythroated hummingbird, purple finch, and blue jay, 46 different species of birds from all parts of the united states are included in this book. See more ideas about john james audubon, birds of america, birds. We are an art gallery with over 50 years of experience focusing on the artwork of john james audubon, john gould, pierrejoseph redoute and other natural history artists. Etsy is the home to thousands of handmade, vintage, and oneofakind products and gifts related to your search. Birds of america by audubon, first edition, macmillan. This little book is the perfect size to place next to the window where you watch birds.
A copy of the worlds most expensive book, john james audubon s 19thcentury masterpiece birds of america, is set for auction later this month and is. Rare copy of audubons birds of america for sale science. Bird books north american birds birds of north america. J ohn james audubon, whose name is synonymous with american ornithology, was born in les cayes, haiti then saintdomingue in 1785, and lived in france from the ages of five to eighteen. In the 19th century it was the usual practice for bird illustrators to work exclusively from preserved specimens, but audubon found this less than ideal. Audubons birds of america at the university of pittsburgh. Oct 01, 2011 birds of america is one of the best known natural history books ever produced and also one of the most valuable a complete set sold at auction in december 2010 for. The birds of america is one of the best known natural history books ever produced and also the most valuable a complete set sold at auction in december 2010 for gbp7. Printed between 1827 and 1838, it contains 435 lifesize watercolors of north american birds havell edition, all reproduced from handengraved plates, and is. April 26, 1785 january 27, 1851 was an american ornithologist, naturalist, and painter. Original plates reproduced in full color on covers.
All bird guide text and rangemaps adapted from lives of north american birds by kenn. This volume describes and illustrates with color photos, some 82 species. Audubon s birds of america coloring book by john james audubon and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at. Printed in small sets per month, approximately 200. John james audubon s birds of america is a portal into the natural world. Covering 129 of the most familiar american birds, with text descriptions of related species.
National audubon society field guide to north american. The darlington digital library encompasses a variety of formats, such as books, atlases, maps, broadsides, manuscripts, illustrations, etchings, and works of art. As a result, fewer than 150 sets have survived, and original bien wild turkey chromolithographs cost thousands of dollars. Contains gorgeous color plates including latin name of species and notes on the birds range, etc. Audubons birds of america bookplate 1950 first etsy. Publishers weekly moores insights into the springs of human conduct, her ability to catch the moment that flips someone from eccentric to unmoored, endow her work with a heartbreaking resonance. Birds of america john james audubon bauman rare books.
Audubon s birds of america has 46 pages to color and colored pictures to use as guides. I checked out this book from my library, hoping it had the full collection of birds from audubon s birds of america, but alas the copy by library had only featured 30 color prints from the original book, with a catalog of the remaining 470 prints printed in blackandwhite thumbnails in the back of the book. Birds of america by audubon, first edition abebooks. The awardwinning field guide, completely redesigned. See more ideas about audubon birds, john james audubon and birds of america. The book called the complete birds of north america, is a book recommended to be part of any birders library. The digitization of audubons birds of america in 2006, the uls embarked upon an ambitious project to digitize mr. This is copy number 1916 of a limited edition of 2500, printed on allrag paper. Reproductions of audubons birds of america audubon prints. On june 14, one of the worlds most expensive books, john james audubon s doubleelephant folio of the birds of america, will go to auction in new york city. Nearly all later ornithological works were inspired by audubon s artistry and high standards, and birds of america is considered one of the greatest examples of book. Ornithologist john james audubon labored over his lifes masterwork, the birds of america, from 1827 to 1838. Text selected for the adubon society pocket guide series on familiar birds of north america, eastern and westerns regions, published 1986. No matter what youre looking for or where you are in the world, our global marketplace of sellers can help you find unique and affordable options.
Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. Audubons the birds of america 1937 published by the macmillan company, 500 pages. All audubon s brilliant bird engravings come alive in one complete package. At once sad, funny, lyrical and prickly, birds of america attests to the deepening emotional chiaroscuro of her wise and beguiling work.
The edition of birds of america by julius bien and john woodhouse audubon was discontinued due to the onset of the civil war. Printed between 1827 and 1838, it contains 435 lifesize watercolors of north american birds havell edition, all reproduced from handengraved plates, and is considered to be the archetype of wildlife illustration. Birds of america by john james audubon, first edition abebooks. Kennedy from originals by john james aububon 17851851, the most famous american painternaturalist. Eastern region, revised edition paperback september 27, 1994.
Audubons birds of america coloring book by john james. Sep 10, 2010 john james audubon s birds of america holds the record as the worlds most expensive book. The book was published in several editions between 1997 and 2000. The original watercolor paintings by john james audubon for the birds of america, published american heritage publishing co. First edition of the birds of america by john james audubon, done by the philadelphia firm of j. New listing original watercolor paintings by john james audubon for the birds of america set. All the information that is included with the birds is wonderful to see. The reader is able to identify more than 250 birds. John james audubon s magnificent the birds of america as much artwork as scientific work is on permanent display in the audubon room of the hatcher graduate library, where the page is turned weekly our eight. Its a stunning bookand a reminder to us of the importance of preserving these lovely creatures and their natural habitats. Buy the birds of america complete ed of audubon s classic work by john james audubon isbn.
The enormous 4 volume double elephant folio carefully and accurately documents more than 430 species of american birds in lifesize prints, making it an important work of natural history and scientific observation. As part of my research for the lost bird project, i was graciously given access to the audubon double folio housed in the rare books library at. Birds of america by john james audubon sets booksale. This book covers all the native and vagrant species of birds seen on the north american continent. More information about this seller contact this seller 15. Not all of the specimens illustrated in the work were collected by audubon himself, some were sent to him by john kirk townsend who had collected them. Is this book rare, birds of america published in 1936. The birds of america from drawings made in the united states and their territories. Virtually every bird found in eastern north america is brought to life in this portable guide, an essential companion in the field and a staple in any birdwatchers library. Do not confuse this book with other books reproducing audubon s birds of america with the same or similar title. It was first published as a series in sections between 1827 and 1838, in edinburgh and london.303 1414 1246 203 412 1040 1109 1512 881 695 1185 568 245 1415 812 1398 1391 98 730 71 1129 1061 1091 1020 1210 92 1132 1169 1198 941 521 662 762 1148 1182 672 1062 341 337 294 881 1358 1050 851 1394