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Five books about birding adventures

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The Family of Hummingbirds
The Family of Hummingbirds: The Complete Prints of John Gould

The Family of Hummingbirds: The Complete Prints of John GouldBy Joel Oppenheimer and Laura OppenheimerRizzoli Electa, 2018, hardcover, 304 pages

John Gould, a 19th-century English ornithologist and bird artist, had a particular interest in hummingbirds. Who can blame him? This stunning volume features his superbly detailed hand-colored lithographs of hundreds of species. Plus, authors Joel Oppenheimer and Laura Oppenheimer tell the story of Gould’s colorful life and place his work in the context of a period when the exploration of science and the world’s natural wonders was at an all-time high.

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