What would you guess is the most valuable book in the world? The Gutenberg Bible? You would be wrong, and birders throughout Cleveland weep for you.
Back in November my daughter and I attended a fabulous program at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History (CMNH) in Cleveland, Ohio held by the Kirtland Bird Club.
|CMNH Librarian Wendy Wasman and Dr. Henry Adams of Case Western Reserve discuss the Audubon double-elephant folio.|
The guest speaker, Dr. Henry Adams gave a presentation on Audubon as we were in the presence of a rare- indescribably valuable - Audubon "double-elephant folio," (think: really big!) We stood breathless as they turned the pages on these life-sized portraits of America's birds.
Dr. Adams explained why Audubon's art, beautiful as it is, represents the best printing and coloring techniques of his age. These books are so rare because the individual prints are highly sought after as art.
Not to be out-done, daughter Shelly also had a very special Christmas present in mind for her mama.
|Audubon reproduction prints of Great Blue Heron and Blue Jays.|
So as you can see- it is all blue birds of happiness for me this year. I hope you enjoyed your family and holiday time as much as I have enjoyed mine. Good birding (and booking) my friends!