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Original Water-Color Paintings by John James Audubon for The Birds Of America

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From the introduction by Marshall Davidson

With this publication virtually the entire series of paintings created by John James Audobon for The Birds of America is reproduced for the first time in full color and with the accuracy made possible by modern photographic tecniques. There is nothing in American art to which this large collection of Audobons original work can be c
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Hardcover, 948 pages
Published May 19th 1985 by Random House Value Publishing (first published 1966)
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Lea
Apr 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I spent a couple of hours with this two-volume book in the special collections room at the library today after work. I want it!

The books measure roughly 13" by 15", and while the plates are not quite to scale, (Audubon liked to paint his subjects life size)there are several fold-out inserts for the larger paintings. The first of these is plate #2, The Bald Eagle. The Eagle has in its grasp a struggling catfish. Words can not really do justice to these amazing illustrations.

Audubon's life and wor
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Mateen Mahboubi
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A monumental collection of Audubon's life work. Fascinating to see the prints of the original paintings before receiving the treatment from Havell. Each drawing is accompanied by a paragraph or two, describing the date and location of the painting, an excerpt from Audubon's writing or a description of the changes made by Havell in the final plates. I was able to borrow a e-book version of the Havell plates which allowed an interesting opportunity to cross-reference with the original watercolours ...more
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John James Audubon (Jean-Jacques Audubon) (April 26, 1785 – January 27, 1851) was a French American ornithologist, naturalist, and painter. He was notable for his expansive studies to document all types of American birds and for his detailed illustrations that depicted the birds in their natural habitats. His major work, a color-plate book entitled The Birds of America (1827–1839), is considered o ...more
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