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By Marshall B. Davidson

ISBN-10: 1612307787

ISBN-13: 9781612307787

As the yankee frontier moved westward and flora and fauna declined, John James Audubon drove himself to checklist his wonders. right here, during this short-form publication, is his tale.

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Contemporary accounts describe him to be a patriarchal seventy, but he was, in fact, only fifty-eight. Within two years of his return from the Yellowstone, the “old man” completed about half the drawings that were to be reproduced in the book of mammals, then he retired his brushes. He had done what he could in life. As if by some persuasion, he didn’t care any longer; he was aging helplessly. For the remaining years of his life, he barely was aware that the vital industry he had set in motion never faltered.

There will be no End to my Publications of Birds,” he wrote Havell, “or (which is the same) of my Sons Publications. ” Actually, Audubon never told. He was not careful about giving credit where it was due. At least one of the birds in the final work is John’s, but no acknowledgment is given in the text. Another is Lucy’s, although hers is clearly indicated. ” he wrote Havell from America. ” He was relying on that man to finish his drawings on the copperas as well as for many other services, such as selling skins, shells, and insects to the British Museum for cash to help meet the weekly payroll of £100.

He went as far as Fort Union at the mouth of the Yellowstone River, farther west than ever before, but not as far as he had yearned to go. It was Audubon’s last sortie into the wilderness. There were still birds to collect, varieties he had missed earlier, as well as the animals he went to hunt and record. He made an adequate killing for his purposes. But time was running out for some of the wildlife Audubon was determined to highlight in his second great book of discovery. The great auk already had disappeared before he had seen a living specimen.

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