America's Other Audubon

Joy Kiser


     11 × 13 in (27.9 × 33.0 cm)
192 pages
68 color illustrations, 4 b/w illustrations
Publication date: 5/12/2012
Rights: World
ISBN: 9781616890599

Nearly everyone is familar with John James Audubon and his seminal color-plate book, The Birds of America. But few people are aware of another monumental volume of artwork, Illustrations of the Nests and Eggs of Birds of Ohio. Inspired by viewing Audubon's lithographs at the 1876 World's Fair in Philadelphia, twenty-nine-year-old amateur naturalist and artist Genevieve Jones began working on a companion volume to The Birds of America, illustrating the nests and eggs that Audubon omitted. Her brother collected the nests and eggs, her father paid for the publishing, and Genevieve learned lithography and began illustrating the specimens. When Genevieve died suddenly of typhoid fever, her family labored for seven years to finish the project in her memory. The original book, sold by subscription in twenty-three parts, included Presidents Rutherford B. Hayes and Theodore Roosevelt among its subscribers. Only ninety copies of the original book were published in 1886, and fewer than twenty-five copies now remain in institutions and private hands. Featuring reproductions of all sixty-eight original color lithographs, archival photographs, selected field notes, and a key to the eggs and birds, America's Other Audubon chronicles for the first time the story behind the making of this extraordinary nineteenth century book. America's Other Audubon includes a foreword by Leslie K. Overstreet, curator of Natural-History Rare Books at the Smithsonian Institution.

Joy M. Kiser began her professional career as the librarian for the Cleveland Museum of Natural History in 1995. In 2001, she moved to the Washington, DC area to become the librarian for National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). She now works as a writer/editor for the Federal Government.

Editorial Reviews

American Birding Association:

"America's Other Audubon is both a beautiful and a useful object, the well-wrought account of a family committed to seeing one woman's vision made real. Joy Kiser's research captures a long-lost place and time that gave rise 150 years ago to a spirit of enthusiastic and conscientious amateurism that can still inspire birders today.Stunning photos, each with beautifully written descriptions."

Birding magazine:

"Gorgeous ... . Joy Kiser's moving narrative of the struggles that the Joneses endured to realize a young woman's dream makes the plates seem all the more wondrous for existing at all. Kiser's research captures that long-lost place and time that gave rise to the spirit of enthusiastic and conscientious amateurism that still inspires so many birders today."

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