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America's Other Audubon
by Joy Kiser
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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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
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.
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.