228 pages, Col & b/w illus
The American ornithologist came to Britain in 1826 seeking an engraver capable of reproducing his life-sized paintings for The Birds of America. Before trying London, he visited Edinburgh, fell in love with it and found the collaborators he needed. This is a beautifully illustrated account of his stay, with many examples of his art.
A highly illustrated vivid account... -- Bookseller Independent Catalogue, September 2003. "The size of Chalmer's book works better with Audubon's plates - the bigger the better, as he intended. ...The book places Audubon securely within the science of his time." -- Nature, December 2003. "This attractive & well-illustrated book, based on Audubon's own writings, features many of Audubon's and MacGillivray's brilliant ornithological illustrations." -- British Ornithologists' Union, Ibis, 146, 2004.
Foreword by HRH the Duke of Edinburgh; Acknowledgements; Preface; Introduction: The Scottish Associates of John James Audubon; Audubon's Early Life; Alexander Wilson: Audubon's First Scottish Influence; the Meeting of Audubon and Wilson; the Journey to Edinburgh; The Frist visit: Audubon's Introduction to Edinburgh; Socieal Distractions; Robert Jameson and the Edinburgh University Museum; William MacGillivray's Early Life; The Wernerian Society; The Second Visit: Travels to England and France; Vultures and Rattlesnakes; The Third Visit: Collaboration with MacGillivray; The Fourth Visit: Family Life in Edinburgh; The Fifth and Last Visit; Audubon after Edinburgh; MacGillivray after Edinburgh; Biographical Profiles; Appendices; Audubon's Publications in Edinburgh; Dates of Audubon's Visits to Edinburgh; The Scottish Subscribers to The Birds of America; Places visited by Audubon in and around Edinburgh; Bibliography; Select Index
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John Chalmers; Foreword by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh