Caspari Playing Cards – Audubon Birds
Audubon Birds features two illustrations from naturalist and painter John James Audubon’s book The Birds of America. Using the Simon Lucas Bridge Supplies card rating scale, the cards are Standard Quality, and are smartly packaged in a gold presentation box. The cards have standard 4-index faces, and the deck contains 52 cards plus 2 jokers.
John James Audubon
Born in 1785, John James Audubon was an ornithologist, naturalist and painter. Emigrating to America when 18 years old, Audubon was born in Les Cayes in the French colony of Saint-Domingue (now Haiti). He always had a fascination for birds and studied their movement, plumage and behaviour extensively. His father encouraged his interest:
“He would point out the elegant movement of the birds, and the beauty and softness of their plumage. He called my attention to their show of pleasure or sense of danger, their perfect forms and splendid attire. He would speak of their departure and return with the seasons”
His book The Birds of America is considered to be one of the finest ornithological work every completed. His beautiful and detailed illustrations show American birds in their natural environment. He toured England and Scotland with his folio of paintings to raise money for the publication of the book which, in today’s terms, cost the equivalent of $2,000,000 to print.
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