The Audubon Folio

Mrs. Red Clay Soul and I have a few flea markets around town that we’ll stop in between errands.  You never know what you’ll find…  Recently we lucked out – I found this folio of bird paintings from the Audubon Society:

Let’s step back a bit – I’m a huge bird lover.  I got it from my dad.  Growing up, we had quite a few bird feeders in our back yard, along with a bird bath, some bird houses in the garden, and a hummingbird feeder outside our kitchen window.  I’m not there yet, but let’s say I buy about a bag of bird seed a month.  This is my second copy of the Field Guide to Birds (Eastern Region) from the Audubon Society.  The binding broke on my first copy.  This book lives in our kitchen for quick reference:
Back to the find…

After some research, here’s what I’ve got – the Folio was originally published in 1964, and came with a companion book.

In my folio there are only 21 plates, but most of them are in excellent condition.  There are some tack holes in a few, and the Pelican has some tape stains, but they don’t matter to me.  I’m very happy.  Here are some of my favorites:

Belted Kingfisher
Mallard Duck
Brown Pelican
Baltimore Oriole
Blue Winged Teal
Great Blue Heron
Wood Duck

Mrs. Red Clay Soul and I are trying to decide which ones we will frame and put in our family room.  I’ll probably frame one and bring it to the office.  Otherwise, I’m sure the rest of these guys will find a great home.



  1. Harry
    06/06/2011 / 9:43 AM

    These are amazing. The Blue Heron and Pelicans are my favorite–so many of them out here on Kiawah!

  2. Casey
    06/06/2011 / 10:02 AM

    I love that Mallard duck one. Very cool.

  3. 06/06/2011 / 1:19 PM

    Terrific find and an incredible post.

  4. 06/06/2011 / 5:48 PM

    What a find! My dad would love these–he has multiple Audubon field guides and our yard is quite the bird haven!

  5. 06/08/2011 / 8:42 PM

    @Harry & Casey – I like those as well. I’m lobbying to keep those for my office.

    @Ken – thanks, man.

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