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Trinity starts display of rare Audubon book pages

December 26, 2011
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HARTFORD, Conn.—Trinity College has started a special project to display every page of its rare edition of "Birds of America," John James Audubon's illustrated field guide on identifying and documenting birds.

The large book is in a protected display case at Trinity's Watkinson Library, where its head curator will turn one page each week for viewing until the last one is displayed.

That will take more than eight years, and the process will start again in 2020.

Fewer than 120 copies of "Birds of America" remain in existence, including one that sold for more than $11.5 million last year in Great Britain.

Audubon's book, published between 1836 and 1839, includes 435 hand-colored engravings bound in four volumes. Trinity's copy is especially valuable because it was once owned by the series' engraver.

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