The Birds of America

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The Birds of America by Audubon, John James; Sibley, David Allen, 9783791379142
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  • ISBN: 9783791379142 | 3791379143
  • Cover: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 10/12/2021

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This stunning edition of one of the most celebrated and highly valued natural history books of all time features impeccably photographed images of Audubon's original watercolors, along with an introduction by world-renowned ornithologist David Allen Sibley.

First published in installments between 1827 and 1838, John James Audubon's collection of life-sized watercolors of North American birds is the standard against which all wildlife illustration is measured. Fewer than 120 copies survive today, locked away in museums and private collections around the world. For this volume, the London Natural History Museum's own original edition was disbound, and each of the 435 exquisite hand-colored prints was photographed using the latest digital scanning technology. From an avocet grazing in a tidal pond to a zenaida dove perched on a flowering branch, each of Audubon's subjects is depicted with the grace and beauty of a living bird in its natural habitat. An avid outdoorsman and explorer, Audubon traveled from Florida to Labrador to Texas and the Dakotas to study and collect his specimens. Straddling the line between science and art, this book mesmerized 19th-century audiences around the world; today it stands as a reminder of the spectacular biodiversity of the North American continent, and of the pioneer spirit that Audubon himself revered.

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