Page-turnings of Audubon’s double-elephant folio Birds of America generally take place on the first Friday of each month at 12:30 p.m. in the George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives reading room, located on the third floor of the Hawthorne-Longfellow Library. The event is open to the public and we hope you will join us for this informal gathering and collect your own bird-of-the-month pin!
Page-turnings are also live-streamed via the Bowdoin College Library facebook page.
Join Bowdoin College Library as we ‘Flip the Bird’! John James Audubon's Birds of America is a portal into the natural world. Printed between 1827 and 1838, it contains 435 life-sized watercolors of North American birds, all reproduced from hand-engraved plates, and is considered to be the archetype of wildlife illustration. There are only 120 known copies of the double-elephant folio of this remarkable work, and Bowdoin owns one of them. One illustration at a time is displayed in the reading room of Special Collections & Archives. Join us virtually as the SC&A staff turns the page and discusses related texts on view in the reading room.
Posted by Bowdoin College Library on Friday, July 1, 2016