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Birds of America (Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions)

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John James Audubon's paintings and descriptions of the birds of North America remain the gold standard against which all ornithological portraits are judged. His landmark work, Birds of America (1838), consisted of 435 life-size prints that were published in batches of five over the course of thirteen years. Because the prints were extremely large and had to be hand-colored by a team of painters, the cost of creating the original sets was exorbitant. Today, complete copies are rare?the last to be sold commanded ...
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Overview

John James Audubon's paintings and descriptions of the birds of North America remain the gold standard against which all ornithological portraits are judged. His landmark work, Birds of America (1838), consisted of 435 life-size prints that were published in batches of five over the course of thirteen years. Because the prints were extremely large and had to be hand-colored by a team of painters, the cost of creating the original sets was exorbitant. Today, complete copies are rare—the last to be sold commanded approximately $11.5 million in a December 2010 auction, making it the most expensive book ever.

The exquisitely preserved, complete set of prints from which this slip-cased facsimile edition was created is part of the permanent collection of the Natural History Museum of London. The images were captured using state-of-the-art digital scanning techniques to preserve the intricate detail and vibrant colors of Audubon's original work. It's a stunning book—and a reminder to us of the importance of preserving these lovely creatures and their natural habitats.

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This beautiful Sterling Leatherbound Classics edition presents James Audubon's The Birds of America in all its radiant splendor. The most famous book about North American birds appears here in an affordable version with exquisite color reproductions that truly do it justice.

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  • Posted January 5, 2014

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    This book does have inaccuries but it is a part of history. The

    This book does have inaccuries but it is a part of history. The artist who originally made the book spent years studying and painting the birds. Each print was sent out like your monthly magazine to subscribers and were actually very large prints. Yes, you shouldn't look at this on a /black and white nook/ because the paintings were supposed to be viewed in color. This is an illustration book. Take a moment a moment and look at history.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2013

    Ok

    Not very good is you have a black and white nook

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2012

    Do not buy

    Its a ripoff ripoff I tell you do NOT BUY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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