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Nests and Eggs of Birds of Ohio back in print


The Galleycat publishing blog reports that a self-published author called Genevieve Jones has won a book deal from Princeton Architectural Press. Hardly earth shattering news, except that Jones’ book, Illustrations of the Nests and Eggs of Birds of Ohio, was self-published more than 125 years ago. Amateur naturalist Jones died of typhoid at just 32 and her family completed the book, which was a major undertaking. The book contains remarkable illustrations.

The book was sold by subscription in 23 parts, and apparently presidents Rutherford B Hayes and Teddy Roosevelt bought copies. Ninety copies were printed and they are very rare and collectible.

Princeton Architectural Press is publishing America’s Other Audubon by Joy M. Kiser, which includes all 68 lithographs from Illustrations of the Nests and Eggs of Birds of Ohio. Kiser discovered the book in 1995 at the library of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Jones was originally inspired after seeing John James Audubon’s Birds of America paintings at the Centennial World’s Fair in Philadelphia in 1876.

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