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The King of Dinosaurs

Audubon's Birds of America

A rare and valuable American treasure
  • WhereHarold T. Clark Library

One of the most important pieces in the Museum’s rare book collection is the double elephant folio edition of Birds of America by John James Audubon, published in London between 1827 and 1838. Fewer than 200 full sets were bound and distributed. Now on display in the Harold T. Clark Library, the Museum’s folio includes 435 prints made from copper engravings of original Audubon paintings, hand-colored by various artists under Audubon’s supervision. Previously owned by the Rev. P. Brontë—father of authors Emily, Ann and Charlotte Brontë—the volume was donated to the Museum in 1947 by John Sherwin Jr., in memory of his father.