Jan 09, 2012 as part of my research for the lost bird project, i was graciously given access to the audubon double folio housed in the rare books library at cornell university. John james audubons birds of america is a portal into the natural world. See more ideas about john james audubon, birds of america and audubon birds. His major work, an ambitious colorplate book entitled the birds of america 18271839, is considered one of the most significant ornithological works ever published. The illegitimate son of a french sea captain and plantation owner and a creole chambermaid who died months after his birth, he was educated in france and in 1803 came to live in his fathers estate, mill grove, near philadelphia. Get the best deal by comparing prices from over 100,000 booksellers. His seminal birds of america, a collection of 435 lifesize prints. Nov 14, 2019 an early subscribers copy of john james audubons double elephant folio incomparably the most important and most beautiful colorplate book ever published. The birds of america is one of the best known natural history books ever produced and also the most valuable a complete set sold at auction in december 2010 for gbp7. It was first published as a series in sections between 1827 and 1838, in edinburgh and london. Public broadcasting service american masters biography of john james audubon. John james audubon jeanjacques audubon april 26, 1785 january 27, 1851 was a french american ornithologist, naturalist, and painter.
Audubon galleries is the worlds leading dealer in art by john james audubon, including editions of his prints in both elephant folio and smaller formats, as well as his books and even original artwork. The fires were lighted, and a magnificent, as well as wonderful and almost terrifying, sight presented itself. More editions of the life and adventures of john james audubon, the naturalist. The life and adventures of john james audubon, the naturalist. Pages can include limited notes and highlighting, and the copy can include previous owner inscriptions. He was notable for his extensive studies documenting all types of american birds and for his detailed illustrations that depicted the birds in their natural habitats. John james audubon and the natural history of a hoax. List of books and articles about john james audubon online. Audubon in the west by john james audubon 1966, hardcover. His major work, a colorplate book entitled the birds of america 18271839. John james audubon 17851851 was an ornithologist, naturalist, writer, and painter.
In addition, we offer some prints by other early american bird artists such as mark catesby, alexander wilson, and john cassin. John james audubon audubon, john james, 17851851 the. Prints by john james audubon digitized materials rare book. The watermarks of the first ten images identify this copy as one of the first audubon received a subscription for.
John james audubon, an early american naturalist and painter, produced one of the greatest works of natural history and art of the nineteenth century, the birds of america. Brilliant work in the archives has unearthed evidence that the great ornithological artist also enjoyed some rather. Oct 01, 2011 john james audubon was a naturalist and painter and is considered one of the greatest bird artists of all time. Media in category books by john james audubon the following 200 files are in this category, out of 435 total. John james audubon has 175 books on goodreads with 1976 ratings. Printed between 1827 and 1838, it contains 435 lifesize watercolors of north american birds havell edition, all reproduced from handengraved plates, and is considered to be the archetype of wildlife illustration. As the record of the interior story of the making of this monumental work, his journal of 1826 is one of the richest documents in the history of american culture. John james audubon 17851851 was born in haiti and raised in france, emigrating to north america when he was 18 years old to avoid conscription into the napoleonic wars. The birds of america by john james audubon in pictures. Johnson reprint corporation and theatrum orbis terrarum, 197172. Birds of america framedependent illustrated html at. Make offer the birds of america 1944 john james audubon paintings by f. First published in double elephant size approximately a metre tall in the first half of the nineteenth century, it is famous for.
The birds of america by john james audubon alibris. John james audubons fascination with birds drew him to a career of observing, cataloging, and drawing over 435 lifesized bird prints. The pioneer in american ornithology was alexander wilson, a scotch weaver and poet, who emigrated to this country in 1794, and began the publication. The fantastic beasts of john james audubons littleknown book on mammals the american naturalist spent the last years of his life cataloguing americas fourlegged creatures.
A synopsis of the birds of north america by john james audubon. Buy a cheap copy of john james audubon book by richard rhodes. Certainly the greatest of american bird books, and possibly one of the finest book productions in the world, audubons birds of america owes much to its authors determination to have his work reproduced by the best possible craftsmen, and to his insistence that his drawings be reproduced lifesize, as he had drawn them. Our stock of the octavo or small audubon prints is one of the largest in the country.
The pigeons, arriving by thousands, alighted everywhere, one above another, until solid masses as large as hogsheads were formed on the branches all round. John james audubon 17851851 was not the first person to attempt to paint and describe all the birds of america alexander wilson has that distinction, but for half a century he was the young countrys dominant wildlife artist. 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. Often cited as the most expensive book of all time, there are still 120 known intact copies of john. Books by john james audubon author of birds of america. The watermarks of the first ten images identify this copy as one of the first audubon received a. John james audubon by john burroughs full text free book. Ok so the original of this is found in 120 or so sets of double elephant folio books i say books but as they are about 4ft tall, by 3ft wide, and take two people to turn a page, books is stretching the use of name. Published by the author, 182718384 volumes, broadsheets 38.
This groundbreaking work features handcolored, lifesized prints of north american birds based on field drawings made by famous wildlife artist john james audubon. He had a talent for drawing and an interest in birds, and he would spend. The birds of america is a book by naturalist and painter john james audubon, containing illustrations of a wide variety of birds of the united states. John james audubon s fascination with birds drew him to a career of observing, cataloging, and drawing over 435 lifesized bird prints. Audubon in the west by john james audubon a copy that has been read, but remains in clean condition. John james audubon books list of books by author john james. From the original double elephant folio by john james audubon. John james audubon was an american ornithologist, naturalist, and painter. Good press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. Other digitized print materials prints by john james audubon. Birds of america framedependent illustrated html at audubon. An early subscribers copy of john james audubons double elephant folio incomparably the most important and most beautiful colorplate book ever published. National gallery of art biography of john james audubon. John james audubon audubon, john james, 17851851 an online book about this author is available, as is a wikipedia article audubon, john james, 17851851.
The audubon birds coloring book by john james audubon. Spine creases, wear to binding and pages from reading. He had a talent for drawing and an interest in birds, and he would spend the next thirtyfive years traveling to the remotest regions of his new countryoften alone and on footto render his avian subjects on paper. He was notable for his expansive studies to document all types of american birds and for his detailed illustrations that depicted the birds in their natural habitats.
A story of john james audubon outstanding science trade books for students k12. A story of john james audubon outstanding science trade books for students k12 by jacqueline davies and melissa sweet sep 27, 2004 4. This first edition of birds of america by john james audubon, originally bought by the duke of portland some time after 1828, is expected to become the worlds most expensive book when it. Jan 19, 2012 this first edition of birds of america by john james audubon, originally bought by the duke of portland some time after 1828, is expected to become the worlds most expensive book when it is. Accompanied by descriptions of the objects represented in the work entitled, the birds of america, and interspersed with delineations of american scenery and manners, volume 3. John james audubon, original name fougere rabin or jean rabin, baptismal name jeanjacques fougere audubon, born april 26, 1785, les cayes, saintdomingue, west indies now in haitidied january 27, 1851, new york, new york, u. April 26, 1785 january 27, 1851 was an american ornithologist, naturalist, and painter. John james audubons most popular book is birds of america. See all books authored by john james audubon, including the birds of america, and the art of audubon. Our selection of books on request by or about audubon is the most complete available. As part of my research for the lost bird project, i was graciously given access to the audubon double folio housed in the rare books library at cornell university. Brilliant work in the archives has unearthed evidence that. Texas state historical association the handbook of texas online biography of john. John james audubon birds coloring book by pomegranate communications inc.
Isbn 9781178299670 9781178299670 softcover, nabu press, 2010. John james audubon came to america as a dapper eighteenyearold eager to. Richard rhodes is the author or editor of 22 books, including the twilight of. John james audubon free ornothological biography, or, an account of the habits of the birds of the united states of america. Traveling around the united states with his assistant. John james audubon came to america as a dapper eighteenyearold eager to make his fortune. Discover librarianselected research resources on john james audubon from the questia online library, including fulltext online books, academic journals. For many years he worked as a trading merchant, before turning to his true passion. The lifes work of both a lover and observer of birds and nature. John james audubon books list of books by author john. Oct 31, 2004 john james audubon the making of an american. A book of days from the national gallery of art by audubon, john james and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at.1038 16 1526 1146 1052 1181 91 236 459 835 411 301 183 612 1055 588 546 840 206 1488 624 31 476 260 660 837 1351 36 40 237 103 299 1157 761 1215 277 858 669 400 617 553 314 1210 1269 463