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Audubon's Birds of America

The Audubon Society Baby Elephant Folio

By (author) Roger Tory Peterson


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  • Abbeville's magnificent volume of John James Audubon's world-famous ornithological engravings
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In this latest printing of the Baby Elephant Folio edition of Audubon’s Birds of America, the thumbnail images accompanying the descriptive captions are printed in full colour for the convenience of the reader. This printing also features an attractive new binding cloth, in a sumptuous teal colour.

The Baby Elephant Folio presents all 435 of Audubon’s brilliant hand-coloured engravings in exquisite reproductions derived from the original plates of the National Audubon Society’s archival copy of the rare Double Elephant Folio. Although many attempts have been made to re-create the splendid illustrations in Audubon’s masterpiece, nothing has ever equalled the level of fidelity achieved in this luxurious edition.

Organised and annotated by Roger Tory Peterson and Virginia Marie Peterson, and issued with the full endorsement and cooperation of the Audubon Society, this volume is as informative as it is beautiful. Its fascinating introduction places Audubon in the context of the history of American ornithological art and also reproduces a wide sampling of the work of his notable predecessors and disciples, including Roger Tory Peterson’s own rightfully famous paintings. A new systematic arrangement of the prints, following the modern classification of species, and descriptive captions about each bird allow us to appreciate Audubon’s achievement in the light of modern ornithology.

Abbeville Press
26th Feb 2013
World excluding USA, Canada, Puerto Rico, Australia and New Zealand
381 mm x 304 mm
696 Pages
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