Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Audubon's Birds of America

I see that Lord Hesketh's edition of Audubon's Birds of America has gone under the hammer and fetched a record-breaking price of over 7.3million pounds.

If you ever want to find out more about this seminal work, read Duff Hart-Davis's 'Audubon's Elephant'  - a superb book chronicling the project from concept to completion. Boy, they were dedicated in those days...

Click here to read the BBC report of the sale...


  1. I have a feeling my girdlfriend has bought me that book for Christmas, best she hasn't as I asked for the new Collins field guide.

    Nice blog you have, heading over to a place called Lethbridgen in JUne/July time, interested in the really common stuff so I can swot up on some stuff, any info would be appreciated.



  2. Hi Dave - I don't know Lethbridge, but I'm sure the birding in that region of Alberta will be pretty interesting in the summer - with some great breeding birds. Will it be your first visit to Canada?

    As for Audubon, it's very nice, and all that - but Collins is far more useful thing to have! The nearest thing, in North American terms in my opinion, is Sibley. Make that an essential purchase before you head out this way!