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Birds of America: On View at Beinecke

The Birds of America; from Original Drawings by John James Audubon (1827-38) is one of two works—along with the Gutenberg Bible—on permanent view at the Beinecke Library; these extraordinarily beautiful and important books have been exhibited in purpose-built cases on the Beinecke’s mezzanine level since the Library’s opening in 1963.

Though the library’s marble-panel “windows” keep the light levels low in our upstairs exhibition area, even small amounts of light can damage books and paper over time. In order to preserve these works for the ages, the pages of both The Birds of America and the Gutenberg Bible are turned several times a year, limiting the light exposure to any one page opening.

New page openings in The Birds of America will be on view on the following dates:

September 5, 2017 -January 8, 2018: Volume III (Copy 2): Plate CCXI (211) – Great Blue Heron & Volume III (Copy 1): Plate CCLI (251) – Brown Pelican

January 18: Plates TBA

May 3: Plates TBA

August 30: Plates TBA

January 17, 2019: Plates TBA

by Nancy Kuhl
July 20, 2017


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