Author:Hart-Davis, Duff

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Audubon's elephant

By: Hart-Davis, Duff

Price: £18.00

Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson: 2003

Seller ID: 2347

ISBN: 0 297 82967 X

Condition: As new


Describes the trials and tribulations of an ornithologist in early 19th century America, who made several trips to Europe in pursuit of his dream: a double elephant folio book (hence the title) illustrating the birds of North America at life size. Today only around 120 copies have survived intact, and they fetch telephone number prices on the rare occasions when one comes up for sale. A little-known aspect of the work is its attention to habitat detail; plant associates of the birds are well illustrated, and often captioned. Audubon was fortunate, after a false start in Edinburgh, to engage th... View more info