America's Other Audubon
By: Joy Kiser (author)Hardback
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Americas Other Audubon chronicles the story of Genevieve Jones, her family, and the making of an extraordinary nineteenth century book, Illustrations of the Nests and Eggs of Birds of Ohio. At the age of twenty-nine, Genevieve Jones, an amateur naturalist/artist and daughter of a country doctor, visited the 1876 Centennial World's Fair in Philadelphia, where she saw Audubon's paintings in Birds of America on display. His artwork inspired her to undertake the production of a book illustrating the bird's nests and eggs that Audubon neglected to include in his work. Her parents were reluctant to support the undertaking of such an ambitious and expensive project until Genevieve became despondent over a broken engagement. Concerned over her fragile mental state, they encouraged her to begin the book as a distraction. Her brother collected the nests and eggs, her father paid for the publishing costs, and Genevieve and her girlhood friend learned lithography and began illustrating the specimens. The book was sold by subscription in twenty-three parts. Then, suddenly, Genevieve died of typhoid fever after personally completing only five of the illustrations.
Her family took up the completion of the work in her memory. Only 90 copies of the book were produced and fewer than 20 have been located today in libraries or in private collections.
Fewer than twenty copies of the original book have been located in U.S. libraries, in private hands, or in sales records today, but the search continues and this book may encourage unknown owners to step forward and contact us.
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