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All about Birds:
A Short Illustrated History of Ornithology
Valérie Chansigaud

Hardcover | 2010 | $29.95 / £19.95 | ISBN: 9780691145198
240 pp. | 6 x 9 | 250 color illus. | SHOPPING CART

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Colorful, musical, graceful, easily observed--birds have always fascinated amateur and professional naturalists alike. This richly illustrated book tells the fascinating story of ornithology from ancient times to the present. Filled throughout with paintings, drawings, photographs, and diagrams, many of them in brilliant color, All about Birds is a fast-paced chronological account of the personalities and milestones that have shaped this most popular of sciences--from Aristotle, Audubon, and Darwin to Peterson and Sibley. These key figures and events are also documented in a unique twenty-page illustrated color timeline at the end of the book. Brief individual chapters cover antiquity, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and the seventeenth through twentieth centuries. With its beautiful design and illustrations, and its concise and informative text, this lively book will delight anyone who loves birds.

  • A clear and concise chronological account, from antiquity to the present
  • Richly illustrated throughout with some 250 images, many of them in color
  • Unique 20-page illustrated color timeline documents key figures and events

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"What a treat! In a concise, beautifully illustrated 239 pages, Valerie Chansigaud offers a history lesson on the study of birds. We meet Aristotle, Audubon, Darwin, and many other ornithologists, artists, and photographer who devoted their lives to understanding birds."--Birder's World

"Anyone who is more than casually interested in birds will heartily welcome the publication of All About Birds. . . . Following a timeline (which is outlined in the back of the book) Chansigaud provides entries about all of the major contributors to bird science. Fully half the volume is devoted to the 19th century during which ornithology came into full flower. The book is richly illustrated, very accessible, and has a good bibliography."--Wayne Mones, Audubon

"Beautifully illustrated. . . . If you want a basic primer on who was studying birds in former ages, this is a good place to start."--Mark Cocker, Birding

"Well illustrated often with period bird art. . . . [A] good introduction to the history of ornithology."--Ian Paulsen, Birdbooker Report

"For the serious birder it is a very enjoyable read for those rainy days when getting out into the field isn't an option. It reads easily and makes very frequent use of period illustrations and photographs to give us a real taste of the evolution of man's understanding of birds. From the days when the preferred tool of devoted birders like John James Audubon was a hunting rifle to the advent of modern bird photography, Chansigaud's All About Birds is an eye-opener and a page turner."--Brad Sylvester, Manchester Bird Watching Examiner

"A wonderful, easy to follow history of ornithology. . . . Cover to cover, All About Birds is loaded with illustrations, photographs, and diagrams of the people, birds, and events that have advanced ornithology and led to modern day birding."--Birdfreak.com

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