The Living World of Audubon - Roland C. ClementLondon, New York, Sydney & Toronto: The Hamlyn Publishing Group Limited for Country Life Books, 1975, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Previous owners' name to the first blank.
Contains: Colour photographs; Colour plates;
From the cover: “The living world of John James Audubon embraced the forests, swamps, and river valleys east of the Mississippi in early 19th-century America. It was a domain of natural splendour, barely settled in many regions and abounding in wildlife. For more than twenty years, with passionate and single-minded devotion, Audubon moved through it, observing a multitude of birds at their natural avocations, as he said, and eventually painting, in watercolour and oils, studies of 435 species.
It was a gargantuan effort and truly a labour of love. His paintings contain 1,065 life-size figures of birds — poised, in flight, nesting, and feeding their young. Male and female appear in their contrasting plumages, with trees, flowers, shrubs, berries, and insects relevant to each species’ environment integrated into each composition. It took twelve years to engrave, aquatint, print, and hand-colour this great work.
Fewer than 200 complete sets were ever published. Only 134 are known to be extant. This book contains 64 reproductions of the finest of these rare prints, together with contemporary colour photography — a portrait medium unknown in Audubon’s day — of each species in its native habitat. These pictures, brilliantly executed by America’s best wildlife photographers, combine harmoniously with the work of the master to give a fresh perspective on the birds with which we share the American environment. Roland C. Clement, vice president of the National Audubon Society, ornithologist, and noted conservationist, has written an authoritative introduction and text for each species.”