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SOLD -- Vintage book RARE The Birds of America by John James Audubon, 1937 collectible edition, William Vogt intro, color plates every page

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NOTE: This book has been sold but I keep it up so someone interested can find it (like you!) so that I can know to look for it specifically for them. Of course it won't be the same book but I am good at and love the hunt for books, and can likely find you another copy of that same edition or another beautiful edition of the same book. :) Don't ever hesitate to contact me on sold listings, that's why they are here!

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There is no other book like this one.

THERE IS A LEAF PRESSED IN THIS BOOK. Anything like that gets me excited -- where did it come from? How old is it? The mystery is palpable.

If that doesn't make you happy I'm not sure you're even at the right shop :)

So that aside, I also have to say that I won't lie--you do have to like birds if you're going to buy this book.

You may be a birder, an animal-lover in general, a book lover or just one who loves to look at beautiful pictures, but whoever you are you are encouraged to buy this big, heavy book. With a gilded cover with--what else--a picture of a bird and author John James Audubon's name below. John is so famous for this book his last name nearly stands for "bird" at this point, as this tome of 500 color plates and identifications of birds is almost a holy book for any birdwatcher or "birder" out there.

The famous environmental non-profit organization the Audubon Society exists because of this man and this book, that is how important it is. This copy is so rare it is hardly available, though there have been a great number of different reprints and editions since it first came out, making this copy rarer and rarer each time. Its condition is what I would call near-perfectly preserved as well, with no problems in the binding and pages, writings/markings, with a presentation nearly exactly as it was in 1937 when the first person--whoever that mysterious person was--bought it and took it home.

There are also many colors of later copies of this book, which makes this one even more special for its beautiful green. The gold pops on the green, hard cloth-bound cover and goes along with the environmental, natural subject of the text.

I shouldn't say text, however, as it is mainly chock-full of gorgeous pictures of all the birds you can imagine that exist in the United States. The book is a full compendium, which explains why it is so big and heavy at over 500 pages, because it includes exactly 500 color plates. With an index at the end and a note on the original plates, an ink picture of the author in front, and the latin names of the birds with informative descriptions beneath each one, you can't get more information on birds in one place than you can in this beautiful door-stopper of a book, perfect for coffee-tables and just large enough to fit across your knees like a giant blanket of birds.

And here's the straight information you may be looking for:

-Full Title: The Birds of America
-Author: John James Audubon
-Illustrator: Illustrations copied from colored plates
-Format: Hardcover, gilded cover, full color pages
-Condition: Nearly mint, first edition
-Publisher: The Macmillan Company, NY
-Copyright: John James Audubon, 1827-1830
-Date published: 1927
-Provenance: This was picked up recently from a donated collection of old books that was left at a library I had been working at.
-Pricing: Whew, explaining the pricing on this one will be hard! This work as I've described is extremely special, and when you do find it the prices are astronomical or it is a different copy entirely. This one is coming from a trustworthy seller if I do say so myself, and I do :) -- and many other similar listings do not include pictures if they do include the year and other details. I tried to put as much information as visuals as I could in here so you could get the sense of just how original and important and beautiful and just -- just -- just AMAZING this book is, and why it is priced the way it is. Comparing it to other listings in many ways including condition and other specifics is what got me to the ultimate price.
NOTE: This book has been sold but I keep it up so someone interested can find it (like you!) so that I can know to look for it specifically for them. Of course it won't be the same book but I am good at and love the hunt for books, and can likely find you another copy of that same edition or another beautiful edition of the same book. :) Don't ever hesitate to contact me on sold listings, that's why they are here!

---


There is no other book like this one.

THERE IS A LEAF PRESSED IN THIS BOOK. Anything like that gets me excited -- where did it come from? How old is it? The mystery is palpable.

If that doesn't make you happy I'm not sure you're even at the right shop :)

So that aside, I also have to say that I won't lie--you do have to like birds if you're going to buy this book.

You may be a birder, an animal-lover in general, a book lover or just one who loves to look at beautiful pictures, but whoever you are you are encouraged to buy this big, heavy book. With a gilded cover with--what else--a picture of a bird and author John James Audubon's name below. John is so famous for this book his last name nearly stands for "bird" at this point, as this tome of 500 color plates and identifications of birds is almost a holy book for any birdwatcher or "birder" out there.

The famous environmental non-profit organization the Audubon Society exists because of this man and this book, that is how important it is. This copy is so rare it is hardly available, though there have been a great number of different reprints and editions since it first came out, making this copy rarer and rarer each time. Its condition is what I would call near-perfectly preserved as well, with no problems in the binding and pages, writings/markings, with a presentation nearly exactly as it was in 1937 when the first person--whoever that mysterious person was--bought it and took it home.

There are also many colors of later copies of this book, which makes this one even more special for its beautiful green. The gold pops on the green, hard cloth-bound cover and goes along with the environmental, natural subject of the text.

I shouldn't say text, however, as it is mainly chock-full of gorgeous pictures of all the birds you can imagine that exist in the United States. The book is a full compendium, which explains why it is so big and heavy at over 500 pages, because it includes exactly 500 color plates. With an index at the end and a note on the original plates, an ink picture of the author in front, and the latin names of the birds with informative descriptions beneath each one, you can't get more information on birds in one place than you can in this beautiful door-stopper of a book, perfect for coffee-tables and just large enough to fit across your knees like a giant blanket of birds.

And here's the straight information you may be looking for:

-Full Title: The Birds of America
-Author: John James Audubon
-Illustrator: Illustrations copied from colored plates
-Format: Hardcover, gilded cover, full color pages
-Condition: Nearly mint, first edition
-Publisher: The Macmillan Company, NY
-Copyright: John James Audubon, 1827-1830
-Date published: 1927
-Provenance: This was picked up recently from a donated collection of old books that was left at a library I had been working at.
-Pricing: Whew, explaining the pricing on this one will be hard! This work as I've described is extremely special, and when you do find it the prices are astronomical or it is a different copy entirely. This one is coming from a trustworthy seller if I do say so myself, and I do :) -- and many other similar listings do not include pictures if they do include the year and other details. I tried to put as much information as visuals as I could in here so you could get the sense of just how original and important and beautiful and just -- just -- just AMAZING this book is, and why it is priced the way it is. Comparing it to other listings in many ways including condition and other specifics is what got me to the ultimate price.

Reviews

5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed by CGFlores85
5 out of 5 stars
Jan 2, 2018
I ordered this as a gift and was very happy with Colleen’s feedback and willingness to help me track down this one of a kind book! It even showed up before Christmas thanks to a speedy delivery despite the short notice. I will definitely be visiting No Other Book Like This again.
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Reviewed by itzjeffduh
5 out of 5 stars
Dec 30, 2017
Great item, great seller, fast shipment!!! The book was perfect, exactly as described. Thanks!
Vintage book classic young adult The Luckiest Girl by Beverly Cleary, famous child/YA author, 1958 special Book Club Edition, RARE cover art

Reviewed by L.M. Biddulph
5 out of 5 stars
Dec 16, 2017
This book is BEAUTIFUL! I was so excited to receive it yesterday, so I could read it over Christmas. I read the abridged version of Thomas Wingfold, Curate over a decade ago and loved it, so I have been looking forward to this so much. Thank you!!!!!!!! :-D
Vintage book Thomas Wingfold, Curate. by George MacDonald, rare edition 1880, famed "Father" of The Inklings including Tolkien and C S Lewis

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Absolutely! I'm willing to do anything to get this book to you, but I will not write on it. If it is not in the condition you want, I know preservation techniques and will certainly oblige as best I can. You just need to let me know.
I will wrap the book any way you want. It is special and so are you, you deserve it! I will also write cards, include photographs, anything you'd like that would make this transaction more, well, you.
I won't tell you how to care for your book, but as to how they are cared for now, they are housed in two places -- some are wrapped in plastic in my main room in the part of the house that used to be a quaint B&B, lined on lovely old wooden bookshelves; others are stacked in piles or leaning on cool, creative and different bookends all round the room, and all are given care, attention, and kept away from my dog :)

Others sit in my library, in built-in authentic 1800s wooden and glass-door library shelves that line the walls in a secluded room in a historic home on the shore. With vintage, warm lamplights over the tiny marble fireplace, the library's windows catch plenty of sunlight--the books are in good homes and will arrive undamaged.
If the book comes later than expected this does not mean it was sent late. Every book is sent within 1-3 business days, unless one of the days is a Sunday, then it could be an extra day. This applies to International orders as well, but they might take longer to get to you than in-country orders. If there is a problem, please bring it up with UPS or see Etsy's policies.
I am more than willing to hunt down a specific book for you. This can take time, however, and would be a matter of personal back-and-forth on the site so you would have to keep in contact. There is no guarantee. I'm good at finding things however, and if I cannot find it to sell to you myself I will direct you to where I can find it online, if I can.

Important to note, however, that I may have it in my holdings already so it ALWAYS helps to check in with me. Listings come up continually, and it may just be waiting here to get processed and put up.
Contact me directly via the site and I will do my absolute best to help correct it. There should be no problems.
Always willing to make new friends and take on new jobs or opportunities -- this business does not stop me from working a full or part time job, and I am currently looking, so please contact me! Dempseylynch@gmail.com. I am definitely interested in talking with you and love meeting new people (especially book lovers of course).
Sure! Although the books are priced the way they are and are worth that amount based on a lot of factors (condition compared to others available online, if there are any available online or if it is the only one, age and whether it is signed or special in some way, etc.) I am always willing to hear you out as to why you think the books price is off, and work with you as best I can. I cannot guarantee the price will change, that is bad for my business, but I will listen to you. Don't be afraid to reach out. The worst that can happen is I will say no.

I put the reasons behind my pricing method for each item at the end of the listing so check that out if you're curious too :)

SOLD -- Vintage book RARE The Birds of America by John James Audubon, 1937 collectible edition, William Vogt intro, color plates every page

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