This sparkling Tiny Folio™ edition of Audubon's Birds of America displays all 435 of Audubon's hand–colored engravings, graced with an illuminating introduction by Roger Tory Peterson that places Audubon in his ornithological and art historical context. Issued with the full endorsement and cooperation of the Audubon Society, the stunning Baby Elephant Folio—here reproduced in a miniature, gem-like version—was the first work ever to arrange Audubon's plates in scientific order.
Note: this review is of the "Tiny" version, ISBN 978-0789208149. It measures less than five inches square, and less than one inch thick.
If you're like me, you have to darn many coffee-table books already. On my coffee table are the ones about the Beatles, a history of Chicago, an art book, and a Canadian railroading book I keep meaning to read all of. On top of THAT are the usual bills and magazines and supposedly guilt-inducing political mailers. But this 'Tiny' Audubon is just right, because it's "tiny" but telling. John James Audubon's birds are a classic of design, wonderfully realistic, and authentically American. Well worth having or to give as a present.
this book contains beautiful reproductions of all of audubon's prints. i this book defines coffee table book, but unlike other coffee table books this one demands to be left open. i open it to a new page every day - my coffee table is so uncluttered now! also, the book has a 50 page forward on audubon, conservation, and art. i found a painting by eckelberry called 'black skimmers' which, i must have.