New York: Abbeville Press, 1981. Collector's Edition, 2nd printing. Hardcover. near fine. Small elephant folio. 15x12.5". Unpaginated. 435 plates (+ numerous text pages). Green leather boards with gilt-stamped illustrations on the front cover. Spine with illustrations, tooling and lettering all in gilt as well as raised bands. Marbled endpapers. Thick tan ribbon marker. Signed by the authors on the colophon at the front. This beautifully printed edition of Audubon's Birds of America displays all 435 of Audubon's original brilliant handcolored engravings, finely reproduced, including some as fold-out plates, taken from the original plates of the Audubon Society's archival copy of the rare Double Elephant Folio. The book includes countless additional color illustrations in the text sections, which accompany the original plate images, by acclaimed American naturalist, ornithologist, artist, and educator, Roger Tory Peterson and Virginia Peterson. Peterson's fascinating introductory text places Audubon in the context of the history of American ornithological art and also reproduces a wide sampling of the work of Audubon's notable predecessors and disciples, including Peterson's own justly famous paintings. This new systematic arrangement of the prints, complete with informative commentaries about each bird, made it possible to correct many of the problems or errors in Audubon's original edition revealed by later scholarship. The colorful captions in the back provide fascinating commentaries on each featured bird.Binding with some very minor rubbing to extremities, and a few small scratches on the spine and the back cover. Binding and interior in near fine conditon overall. (Inventory #: 43878)
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