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Audubon's Elephant: The Story of John James Audubon's Epic Struggle to Publish The Birds of America

Biography / Memoir

By: Duff Hart-Davis

246 pages, 16 col and 8 b/w photos, 8 line illus

Phoenix Publishers

Paperback | Dec 2004 | #145894 | ISBN: 0753817888
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Hardback | Dec 2003 | #141045 | ISBN: 029782967X
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Half-French, half-American, poorly educated and chronically short of money, Audubon came to Britain in 1826 and spent 12 years there, in search of patrons and publishers for his extraordinary paintings of birds. He insisted that they must be reproduced on double-elephant folio paper - sheets almost 40 inches by 30 - so that even the largest species could be represented life size. No one in America was willing to do this, but Audubon's obsessiveness eventually paid off. This volume draws on Audubon's journals and letters, and the archives of the families with whom he stayed and worked to provide a magnificent portrait of his life.

'[an] excellent and finely illustrated biography.' INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY (1.8.04)

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Duff Hart-Davis is a writer and journalist. His books include Fauna Britannica and Audubon's Elephant. He was Literary Editor and Assistant Editor of the Sunday Telegraph and was been country columnist for The Independent 1986-2001. He lives and farms in Gloucestershire.

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