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America's Other Audubon

Kiser, Joy M. (Book - 2012 )
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America's Other Audubon chronicles the story of Genevieve Jones, her family, and the making of an extraordinary nineteenth-century book, Illustrations of the Nests and Eggs of Birds of Ohio. At the age of twenty-nine, Genevieve Jones, an amateur naturalist/artist and daughter of a country doctor, visited the 1876 Centennial World's Fair in Philadelphia, where she saw Audubon's paintings in Birds of America on display. His artwork inspired her to undertake the production of a book illustrating the birds nests andeggs that Audubon neglected to include in his work. Her parents were reluctant to support the undertaking of such an ambitious and expensive project until Genevieve became despondent over a broken engagement. Concerned over her fragile mental state, they encouraged her to begin the book as a distraction. Her brother collected the nests and eggs, her father paid for the publishing costs, and Genevieve and her girlhood friend learned lithography and began illustrating the specimens. The book was sold by subscription in twenty-three parts. When part one of Genevieve's work was issued, leading ornithologists praised the illustrations, and Rutherford B. Hayes and Theodore Roosevelt added their names to the subscription list. One reviewer wrote: It is one of the most beautiful and desirable works that has ever appeared in the United States upon any branch of natural history and ranks with Audubon's celebrated work on birds. Then, suddenly, Genevieve died of typhoid fever after personally completing only five of the illustrations. Her family took up the completion of the work in her memory. They labored for seven years until the book was completed in 1886; collecting nests and eggs, drawing lithographs on stone, and hand coloring fifty copies of each illustration, and writing the field notes for each species of bird. Both the brother who collected the nests and eggs and wrote the field notes, and the mother who completed the drawings on stone and hand coloring, were stricken with typhoid fever two years after Genevieve's death and nearly died. In spite of serious damage to their health, they never gave up and labored until the book was finished. The father covered the publishing costs, which were higher than had been anticipated and were not covered by the subscription price, and ultimately lost his entire retirement savings completing the task in his daughter's memory. The mother lost her eyesight at the end of her life from the effects of typhoid fever and long hours ofstraining to draw and color the nests and eggs. But neither parent ever complained and considered their work on the book the most important accomplishment of their lives. When the mother's copy of the volume was exhibited on the Chicago World's Fair in 1893, it was awarded a bronze medal. Only 90 copies of the book were produced and fewer than 20 have been located today in libraries or in private collections. America's Other Audubon includes a foreword by the Curator of Natural-History Rare Books at the Smithsonian, Leslie Overstreet, a prologue and introduction by researcher and writer Joy M. Kiser (with archival photographs of the family and original advertisements and ephemera from the publication and sale of the book), the 68 original color plates of nests and eggs, plus selected field notes, a key to the eggs, and a key to the birds scientific and current common names (which have changed since the book first published in the nineteenth century). Joy Kiser has been friends with the Jones ancestors for fourteen years and has access to family photographs and documents that the general public has never seen. The Joneses story has never been fully told and no other author is better prepared to tell it.
Authors: Kiser, Joy M., 1947-
Title: America's other Audubon
Publisher: New York : Princeton Architectural Press, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 191 p. :,ill. (some col.) ;,34 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Joy M. Kiser
Notes: Plates reproduced in halftone, including full-sheet gray-green background tinting; the originals were printed on cream white paper and colored without background tinting
Color reproductions, with a biographical and historical introduction, of hand-colored lithographic plates from Howard Jones, Illustrations of the nests and eggs of birds of Ohio (1886), with illustrations begun by Genevieve Estelle Jones and Eliza Schulze, and continued after Genevieve Jones's death by her mother Virginia Smith Jones ("Mrs. N.E. Jones") and her brother Howard
Additional Contributors: Shulze, Eliza Jane - 1847- - Illustrator
Jones, N. E. - 1827-1906 - (Nelson Edward), - Illustrator
Jones, Genevieve - 1847-1879 - (Genevieve Estelle), - Illustrator
Jones, Howard - Illustrations of the nests and eggs of Ohio birds - b. 1853
ISBN: 1616890592
9781616890599
Branch Call Number: 598.092 K615a 2012
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: Birds in art Ornithological illustration North America Birds Ohio Pictorial works Birds Eggs Ohio Pictorial works Birds Nests Ohio Pictorial works Birds North America Pictorial works Ornithologists United States Biography Shulze, Eliza Jane, 1847- Jones, N. E. (Nelson Edward), Mrs., 1827-1906 Jones, Howard, 1853- Jones, Genevieve (Genevieve Estelle), 1847-1879
Topical Term: Birds in art
Ornithological illustration
Birds
Birds
Birds
Birds
Ornithologists
LCCN: 2011039605
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America's Other Audubon chronicles the story of Genevieve Jones, her family, and the making of an extraordinary nineteenth-century book, Illustrations of the Nests and Eggs of Birds of Ohio.


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Mar 14, 2013
  • seki rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

If there was ever a perfect book it would be this one. From start to finish, you feel as if you understand the family and their efforts to honor Genevieve Jones. Some of the leaves and nests jump out at you like a 3D image. You do nto have to be a bird lover to enjoy this book. I do advise to let your eyes wander over the detail artistry that this book holds.

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