In 1910 and 1914, a two-volume study of New York’s native birds was issued as part of the State Museum’s annual report. A vast catalog of hundreds of species, the survey was illustrated by Louis Agassiz Fuertes (1874–1927), a rising star in scientific bird studies. Fuertes was highly influenced by John James Audubon’s The Birds of America, and today he ranks second only to Audubon in terms of output and recognition for ornithological illustration. A frequent lecturer at Cornell University, he honed his expertise during numerous scientific expeditions throughout the United States and abroad, collaborating with Frank Chapman of the American Museum of Natural History on field research, museum dioramas, and book illustrations.
This reproduction of all 106 of Fuertes’s stunning full-color images spotlights more than 300 birds. It marks the first time that the artwork from Birds of New York has been available in decades, and the volume has never been so affordable. The captions have been reset for easy identification, and a complete Index offers a quick reference. Noted Fuertes expert Robert McCracken Peck provides an informative Foreword. Bird watchers at all levels of experience as well as illustrators, artists, and naturalists will find this book an excellent resource.
This Dover edition, first published in 2019, is an unabridged republication of the work originally published by The University of the State of New York State Museum, Albany, in 1925. The plates were originally published in two volumes of Birds of New York by The University of the State of New York, Albany. Vol. 1, containing plates 1–42, was published in 1910, and Vol. 2, containing plates 43–106, was published in 1914. A new Foreword, written by Robert McCracken Peck, has been specially prepared for the present edition.