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AUDUBON'S BIRDS OF AMERICA: The Audubon Society - Audubon, John James; Birds]; P - 1981. 
New York: Abbeville, 1981. First edition and first printing, and a subscribers copy, of the very fine Baby Elephant Folio edition reorganized and updated by famed naturalists, ornithologists, artists, and educators Roger Tory and Virginia Peterson. This copy with publisher's prespectus subscription booklet with reserve form specifically for members and friends of the National Audubon Society. The subscription booklet signed by important New York publisher Kenneth Seeman Giniger beneath the photograph of him examining the 'Baby Elephant Audubon' on the rear cover of the booklet. Portrait of Audubon by John Syme as frontispiece, 435 fine colour plates, many folding, from Audubonâ€™s original paintings, extensive additional illustrations throughout in both colour and black and white, sectional titlepages printed on heavy wove stock in gilt. Thick, Baby Elephant Folio [15.25 by 12 inches], in the publisherâ€™s fine original binding of half black/brown morocco over white linen, the spine decorated with fine 19th century style gilt compartments, in the original slipcase of white linen backed boards with a large colour paste-down label on one board. (41), plates and descriptions, concordance, index. A very fine copy, the book is as mint and pristine as is the prospectus for Society members, the slipcase only with some minor rubbing to the label and a little expected soiling to the white linen. FIRST EDITION, AND A SUBSCRIBER'S COPY WITH ASSOCIATION, OF THIS FINE AND FITTING TRIBUTE FROM THE AUDUBON SOCIETY TO THEIR FOUNDER. This edition magnificently reproduces Aububonâ€™s plates, but differs from previous editions in that the plates are organized phylogenetically instead of by the order of their original subscription. They are then cross-referenced to Audubon's original ordering. The plates are captioned with each bird's currently accepted vernacular name along with Audubon's identification when it differs. And an up-to-date classification by order, family, and species is included. The text is by two of the 20th centuryâ€™s greatest naturalist, the Petersons, and the limitation page is signed by each of them. This edition also includes a full color illustrated survey of the work of other North American bird artists and illustrators, from the eighteenth century work of Mark Catesby to the time of publication. A fine edition of Audubon, valuable not only for its aesthetic appeal but also for its scientific and artistic information.
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