Tuesday is books-and-libraries day at the River Houses. Just yesterday we paid a visit to the Audubon State Historic Site in Louisiana (our state-of-the-week), and to continue with the John James Audubon theme, why not take a few minutes from your homeschool schedule today to visit the Audubon exhibit at the Beinecke Rare Book Library at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut:
Audubon’s Birds of America (1828–1837) is one of the most famous books ever published on natural history. It is also one of the largest: at more than three feet across, it’s described by bibliographers as a “double elephant folio” (that’s book jargon for extra-extra-jumbo). Only about 120 complete copies are known to exist today, nearly all of them in libraries and museums. One of the few privately owned copies sold recently for more than $11 million.
I guarantee your local library will have a modern reprinted edition of Audubon’s Birds of America (much reduced in size from the original). On your weekly library visit, why not track it down and introduce your students to this landmark of natural history and American literature.