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Birds of America Hardcover – 12 Jul 1993
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I have had this book for almost a year but every time I opened it I was absolutely underwhelmed and angered by it - this is the reason I haven't written a review before, it upsets me so much.
Now I am moving house now and have just had another look and I still feel the same about it
So I am at last writing this review because I do not want anyone else to waste their money on it. If you just want glossy, flat, undefined representations of his work then it's ok but for the amount it costs you should expect more, as I did
This edition differs from previous ones,that go back to 1827,as the birds have been reorganised in phylogenic order,scientific and common names brought up to date and any errors corrected.
The birds are divided into 11 groups all illustrated by 435 plates in outstanding colour-it is a pity some of the plates cover 2 pages. Before every group there are notes on each of the birds illustrated while the introduction includes some of the paintings of other well known American artists.
A 10 star book and highly recommended.
Audubon's Birds of America - Tiny Folio (Culture)
I ordered this only after reading the rave reviews, believing that a big heavy book would arrive soon after.
Instead I got a tiny little thing, with pictures you can hardly see without using a magnifying glass. No where in the description of this book does it say anything about being a pocket sized edition (except for the "Tiny Folio" label. Since I do not know this series (before now), I assumed from reading the reviews, that this had nothing to do with the actual size of the book - but merely the name of the series.
So why all the rave reviews? Why all the lovely descriptions of a big heavy book that comes with a slip case etc?
Because Amazon uses the Reader reviews for ALL versions of this book! So be extremely careful about which version you actually buy! I'm pretty sure you'd feel cheated spending a 100+ bucks, on a book you could fit in your inside pocket. This book does not do credit to the large color plates of the Audobon Collection.
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