The Mammals of North America
The Mammals of North America is the second ground-breaking work by world-renowned artist and naturalist John James Audubon. Following the success of his Birds of America, Audubon documented and depicted 150 four-footed North American mammals, in their natural habitat, in breathtaking colour and detail.
First published in the middle of the nineteenth century (originally titled The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America) it became the outstanding illustrated work on American mammals of its time and is still considered by many to include the finest animal prints published in North America. The book included many frontier animals never depicted before and helped to increase appreciation of American nature around the world.
This edition of Audubon’s classic work has been directly reproduced from the Library of the Natural History Museum’s own first edition. All the mammals’ current scientific names have been included in the reference section at the back of the book.
Born in Haiti in 1785, John James Audubon was a naturalist and painter and is considered one of the greatest natural history artists of all time. Audubon’s childhood fascination with drawing birds became his obsession. He wandered the woods and rivers of the wild frontiers of North America shooting, studying, posing, and painting birds and other animals, and many years later, the resulting books would change the worlds of ornithology and natural history art forever. He is best known for his ground-breaking work The Birds of America, of which only 120 complete original sets are known to exist and which has sold for as much as US $10 million at auction. Less well-known is his final work, an equally ambitious project to document the mammals of North America. He painted hundreds of species in their natural habitats in remarkable detail – including many frontier animals depicted for the first time – each characterized by his highly dramatic style.