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America's Other Audubon

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America's Other Audubon chronicles the story of Genevieve Jones, her family, and the making of an extraordinary nineteenth-century book, Illustrations of the Nests and Eggs of Birds of Ohio. At the age of twenty-nine, Genevieve Jones, an amateur naturalist/artist and daughter of a country doctor, visited the 1876 Centennial World's Fair in Philadelphia, where she saw Audub ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published May 2nd 2012 by Princeton Architectural Press
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Tory Wagner
Jun 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, biology
This book is an incredible masterpiece that can be enjoyed over and over. It is an oversized (coffee table) volume with a lustrous cover of creamy white with a turquoise spine. The front cover gives you a sneak peek of it's contents with an illustration by Genevieve Jones of the nest of a wood thrush. Jones was a young Ohio women whose goal was to create a companion to Audubon's Birds of America entitled Illustrations of the Nests and Eggs of Birds of Ohio. Although Jones died of typhoid, her fa ...more
Lois
Jan 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A book to savor. The introduction tells the remarkable story of the Jones family of Circleville, Ohio, who between them created, hand-painted and published lithographs of the nests and eggs of Ohio's birds in the second half of the 19th century. This is followed by reproductions of the original illustrations. It is certainly in a class with Audubon's Birds of America. A beautiful book.
Angie
Jun 29, 2012 rated it it was ok
While I enjoyed the illustrations and descriptions of nesting materials, I was really disturbed by the descriptions of how birds responded when their eggs, young birds, and nests were taken by the authors. I do understand this was a common practice back then, but it's upsetting nonetheless.
Kim
Aug 16, 2012 marked it as to-read
Fascinating article, and I can't wait to read the book itself. http://www.brainpickings.org/index.ph...
Sara
I was expecting a pretty book, but not the sweet sad family story that preludes it!
Liz De Coster
Mar 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
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The story behind the illustrations is really quite sad, but the illustrations are beautiful and the captions accompanying them are quite interesting and often charming.
Laura Harrington
Sep 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Exquisite. Everything a book can be.
Jim
Dec 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Brenda
Jul 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
An amazing story of a family from southern Ohio. The artwork is outstanding.
Christopher
Sep 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Wonderful companion to Audubon's "Birds of America". Beautiful hand-colored lithographs of nests and eggs and fascinating and touching story of how the book came to be.
Jessica
Jul 12, 2012 marked it as to-read
Recommended to Jessica by: Brain Pickings
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Beautiful illustrations made more poignant by the sad but fascinating story behind them.
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Dec 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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This is a gorgeous, beautiful book. In a class all it's own. You have to see it and read it.
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