The Birds of America is one of the best known natural history books ever produced and also the most valuable - a complete set sold at auction in December 2010 for GBP7.3 million, which is a world record for a book. First published in double elephant size (approximately a metre tall) in the first half of the nineteenth century, it is famous for ...
The Birds of America is one of the best known natural history books ever produced and also the most valuable - a complete set sold at auction in December 2010 for GBP7.3 million, which is a world record for a book. First published in double elephant size (approximately a metre tall) in the first half of the nineteenth century, it is famous for its stunning life-size illustrations of birds set within landscaped backgrounds. The book was issued inparts over 11 years and only around 200 completed sets were ever produced. Less than 120 of these survive today, locked away in museums, galleries and private collections around the world. To create this edition of Audubon's masterpiece, the Natural History Museum's own original edition was disbound and each of the 435 beautiful hand-coloured prints was specially photographed. The artworks are accompanied by the scientific descriptions that were used in the original The Birds of America and there is also a new introduction by David Allen Sibley.
Good. No dust jacket. Spine and all edges of front cover very sunned, shelf and edge wear, corners bumped, rubbing to head and foot of spine, marks inside front and back which appear to be where something was taped down, inside solid and clean, color... Sewn binding, Cloth over boards with gilt decoration and lettering on front cover, no dust cover, 12 1/8", 435 unpaginated lithographed color plates, transcript of the legends on the original plates with notes, index From the introduction by William Vogt: "Audubon vowed he would never paint stuffed specimens, and took ornithological art out of its glass case, for all time. If some of his realism-as in the gory-beaked Duck Hawk-now seems over-theatrical, it should be remembered that he was in vigorous revolt against the stodgy methods of painters of his day. The dramatic always appealed to him, and his ability to dramatize his subjects brought forth an instant response form scientists and connoisseurs. Most of the bird paintings they had seen resembled mummies rather then living birds. A Gordon Craig would probably damn Audubon as a truckler to mere effectiveness; had his work been less startling, however, it is doubtful if it-or he-would have survived." "For the first time this volume makes the 435 plates of the Elephant Folio available at a price within the reach of the general public."
Very Good. New York: Macmillan, 1937. Limited edition, no. 2447 of 2500 issued. Hardcover, 12.5" x 9.5" x 2". Unpaginated with 500 full color plates. Very good, lacking slipcase. Light wear to the board edges and corners. Prior owner's name on front free endpaper. Green cloth with patterned paper cover boards. Hand numbered on limitations page.
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