Nearly everyone is familiar with John James Audubon and his seminal color-plate book Birds of America. But few people are aware of another monumental volume of stunning artwork, Illustrations of the Nests and Eggs of Birds of Ohio, created by a remarkable American family.

           Inspired by a display of Audubon’s illustrations at the 1876 World's Fair in Philadelphia, twenty-nine year old amateur naturalist and artist Genevieve Jones began working on a companion volume to Birds of America illustrating nests and eggs.

           Her brother collected the nests and eggs, her father paid  the publishing costs, and Genevieve and her girlhood friend learned lithography and began illustrating the specimens.

           After Genevieve died suddenly of typhoid fever, her family labored for seven years to finish the project in her memory.                    America’s Other Audubon chronicles the moving story of Genevieve Jones, her family, the making of this extraordinary nineteenth-century book, and reproduces the original art work for the very first time.


          America’s Other Audubon






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“If Audubon—who had plenty of help but who lives in the mind as a solitary inventor—is the Robinson Crusoe of nature art, then the Joneses are the Swiss Family Robinson. America’s Other Audubon is a vital work of scholarly reclamation that will, I hope, introduce a wide world to the remarkable Genevieve Jones and the familial collaboration her life and death inspired.”

—Jonathan Rosen, author of The Life of the Skies: Birding at the End of Nature

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