Last Wilderness Journey
The Viviparous Quadrupeds
of North America
John James Audubon’s Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America is the largest and most significant color plate book printed in the United States in the nineteenth century, and a fitting monument to the genius of America’s most famous ornithologist, naturalist, and painter. The Quadrupeds was first published in 1849 as a three-volume elephant folio broadsheet edition, and was the artist’s final great natural history work.
This new volume reproduces all 150 original, hand-colored lithographic prints, which have been subject to recent conservation, and includes a timeline of Audubon’s life and career. It also features a map of his 1843 expedition into the pre-settlement wilderness.
The volume additionally includes transcripts from the journal kept by Edward Harris, cashier to the 1843 expedition, describing the everyday details of their journey and the animals they encountered, as well as a letter, written in 1851, from Audubon’s son Victor to Harris, detailing the circumstances of his father’s death.
Published by GILES in association with the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, Auburn University, Alabama
Release date: March 2018
Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art