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April 26, 2011

John James Audubon's "Birds of America"

White-headed Eagle
Birds of America, Plate XXXI
image courtesy University of Pittsburgh, University Library System

Today is the 226th anniversary of the birth of John James Audubon, the American ornithologist and artist who created "Birds of America". This eight-volume set of hand-colored prints was the first book purchased by the University of Michigan Library.

Images from this very book can be seen via the Library's own PictureIt Rare Book Reader. Or, go to "Audubon's Birds of America at the University of Pittsburgh" to browse their plate images, along with Audubon's text Ornithological Biography.

Posted by sgarrett at April 26, 2011 10:27 AM


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