MARUZEN-YUSHODO Facsimile Edition
The Birds of America
John James Audubon’s Birds of America, issued by W. H. Lizars and R. Havell between 1827 and 1838

Original: Possessed by Meisei University, Tokyo

John James Audubon

435 Plates in Original Size
Full-Color 4 Volume Complete Set.

Size: Double-Elephant Folio.

Publication year: 2014

Text: English

Photographing, Artwork Creation and Printing:Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
Paper Supply: Takeo Co., Ltd.
Binding: Ooiri Co., Ltd.
Limited to 100 sets

◆Bound Edition
4 volume complete set
Half leather bound
Bind on demand
With limited numbers
ISBN: 978-4-8419-3277-5

◆Unsewn Edition
4 volume complete set
Wooden box covered with vinyl cloth
Set on demand
With limited numbers
ISBN: 978-4-8419-3278-2

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The Birds of America is a 435-page collection of illustrations of North American birds. Created by artist and natural historian John James Audubon (1785–1851), the completion of the collection took over 10 years.
In the rapidly digitizing world of publishing, we at Yushodo approached this project fully aware of the importance of producing a high quality book that will remain intact for future generations. We hope that everyone will share our view on this project as worthy of international commemoration.

Original copies (possessed by Meisei University Library,
The State Library of Victoria in Australia and Meisei
University in Japan are the only two institutions in Asia that possess the original copies.

Photography and artwork creation (by Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.)
Photos of the original copies were taken with an
80-megapixel camera in the rare book room of Meisei University and imagae retouching and color proofing were simultaneously continued by comparing with the original plates carefully and repeatedly until satisfied.

Paper (by Takeo Co., Ltd.)
Paper used for this facsimile edition was specially
created for this project. It is acid-free and deteriorates slowly. It also contains more air than normal paper and is thus a low density, low weight, supple, and open-well.

Printing (by Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.)
Even though all the plates were printed in standard
four-color offset system without adding any other spot colors, digital data creation for the artwork made carefully and repeatedly has realized the fulfillment of rich color printing representation.

Binding (by Ooiri Co., Ltd.)
2 different editions, bound and unsewn editions,
are available. These are manufactured from start to finish through the handiwork of Japanese craftsmen.