Audubon’s Birds of America book

by on July 23, 2012

 
 
 

 

 

Take a tour of legendary naturalist John Audubon’s Birds of America book, which last sold for $11.5 million and is again up for auction. It’s currently housed in the rare book library at Cornell University and depicts many bird species that are now lost forever due to human folly: the Great Auk, Labrador Duck, Heath Hen, Carolina Parakeet, Passenger Pigeon and the Eskimo Curlew. Are Audubon’s drawings art or science?

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