ORIGINAL WATER-COLOR PAINTINGS BY JOHN JAMES AUDUBON FOR THE BIRDS OF AMERICA, Reproduced in color for the first time from the collection at the New-York Historical Society. Introduction by Marshall B. Davidson

(New York: American Heritage Publishing Co, 1966).

FINE. Probably the finest trade edition published. A beautiful book.
Audubon’s BIRDS OF AMERICA is without a doubt the greatest American work on natural history, perhaps the greatest work on ornithology ever created and one of the greatest printing endeavors of the 19th century. “Audubon is the greatest of bird painters; he belongs to American history, and as a writer he described things that human beings will never see again.” -Sitwell. The birds are drawn in action, amid trees, on plains, in the water, whatever is correct to best display their natural habitat. They are moving, flying, living, breathing creatures and one can not help but to expect them to leap off the page at any moment and zip out the nearest opened window. Item #32168

2 volumes. First edition. Several black and white illustrations accompanying Introduction, 431 fine full-page color plates. Folio, publisher’s original brown buckram with gilt lettering on spine and cover, housed in the publisher's original slipcase. xxxi, 223; 208pp. An especially attractive copy, as pristine. The bindings are bright and clean and especially well preserved, corners are sharp, and the edges are clean. Text block is clean and fresh, and the pages are smooth and straight, the slipcase is also in fine condition.

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