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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Natural History Museum; Linen-bound hardback in slip-case edition (1 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0565092731
  • ISBN-13: 978-0565092733
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 4.5 x 38.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 233,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Natural history books have to compete with the BBC's Frozen Planet, and the Natural History Museum's The Birds of America does just that.' --Time Out

'Mesmerising' --The Observer

'The Natural History Museum has now reproduced a glorious complete edition.' --The Bookseller

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John James Audubon was a naturalist and painter and is considered one of the greatest bird artists of all time. Born in Haiti in 1785, he spent much of his life travelling North America observing, catching and drawing birds and animals in remarkable detail. Using a variety of materials to create a highly dramatic style, he painted almost 500 species of the 700 or so regularly occurring North American bird species. Audubon is most famous for his life-size illustrations of birds and for the sheer size of the book in which they appeared.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. F. Smith on 19 Dec 2011
Format: Hardcover
I own the baby elephant folio version, but having had the chance to compare the two, I find the reproductions in this edition more appealing. The colours here are more muted and subtle than in the baby elephant, which can be overly vivid. I also rather like having the prints presented in the order of original publication (rather than organized by bird family), as this goes some way towards recreating what it might have been like to be one of the original subscribers receiving those first and subsequent sets of prints. Unlike the baby elephant, this edition has only a fairly brief introduction, and no notes on individual species/plates, but the pictures themselves are perhaps more eloquent here.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By E. Veldon on 27 Nov 2011
Format: Hardcover
I got this today after looking for a well printed edition of Audubon's works.

This meets the bill; printed on heavy paper, clear illustrations, beautiful colours, presented in the original order and presented in a sturdy slip case.

If anyone ever says that science had no eye for beauty then I'll strap them to a chair and make them read this delightful nd playful volume.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Trigonmoth on 18 April 2012
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Everyone knows of this book and I already had a reproduction, but this is stunning! Quality is superb and this is a big book, though not as large as the original, of course. It feels as if it has come straight from the author, not something almost 200 years old. I absolutely love it and it is a privilege to own such a work of art.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MaryT on 4 Dec 2012
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I purchased this book as a christmas gift for my husband who had already expressed an interest in it. We first saw it at the Natural History Museum in London and both thought what a beautifully illustrated book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By sunrunner on 3 April 2013
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Amazing pictures as expected really. Only issue and one thats nice to have is its so very heavy that it really needs somewhere solid to view it.
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