The Quadrupeds was J.J. Audubon's final great natural history work, published over 3 volumes in 1845-1848. This landmark publication cuts right across art history, wildlife science and ecology, supported by new photography of Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, Auburn University's copy of the original 1849 three-volume elephant folio broadsheet edition (the subject of ongoing conservation work).
It looks at the art historical context and technical process of the series creation, the lithographic process and its history, and how the series was originally created). Furthermore it also considers zoological aspects of the series, including classification issues and new species, locations, plus the wider importance of the pre-settlement wilderness.
Ron Tyler is the former director of the Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, TX. Charles T. Butler is the former executive director of the Columbus Museum, GA. Dennis Harper is curator of Collections and Exhibitions at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, Auburn University, AL. Daniel Patterson is professor emeritus of English Language and Literature, Central Michigan University. Sarah Zohdy, Chris Lepczyk and Robert Gitzen are assistant professors at the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, Auburn University. James Armstrong is a professor at the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, Auburn University.
Introduction; The Making of The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America by Ron Tyler; Set in Stone: The Use of Lithography for Audubon's Quadrupeds by Dennis Harper; Modernization of Natural History: From Audubon to Now by Sarah Zohdy; Human-Wildlife Interactions by James B. Armstrong; On the Scientific Value of Quadrupeds by Robert Gitzen; The Shifting Views of Nature and Wildlife by Christopher A. Lepczyk; The Quadrupeds Portfolios; Timeline by Daniel Patterson; Bibliography by Scott Bishop; Checklist; Index