Illustrations of the Nests and Eggs of Birds of Ohio

Description At the age of 29, Genevieve Jones visited the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia where she saw an exhibition of John James Audubon’s original paintings done for his famous book, Birds of America. She returned home to Ohio determined to embark on her own project to document something she felt was missing in Audubon’s work: images of the birds’ nests and eggs. Initially, she envisioned illustrating the nests and eggs of all North American birds, but her father persuaded her to focus on the 130 species of birds that nest in Ohio.
Genevieve and her good friend, Eliza Schulze, had completed 15 of the illustrations for the book when Genevieve was stricken with typhoid fever and died at the age of 32. After weeks of grieving, her family determined that they would undertake the completion of the book as a memorial to her. Genevieve’s mother, Virginia, began to assist with the illustrations.
Author/Photographer Jones, Howard, 1853-1945
Illustrator Shulze, Eliza Jane, 1847-
Jones, Genevieve (Genevieve Estelle), 1847-1879
Jones, N. E. (Nelson Edward), Mrs., 1827-1906
Publisher Circleville and Cincinnati, Ohio: [N. E. Jones] ; Text printed by Robert Clarke & Co. : Plates printed by the Krebs Lithographing Co.
Date 1886
Extent 2 volumes (329 pages, LXVIII leaves of plates) : illustrations (hand-colored) ; 44 cm
Institution Kent State University
Repository Special Collections and Archives
Provenance/Collection Presentation copy: inscribed by the author for Howard Moore of Circleville, Ohio. Moore was the son of a close friend of Howard Jones. Jones presented him with this copy and included his name in the list of subscribers as a courtesy.
LC Classification Number f QL675 .J77 (2 volumes)
Portion Digitized Plate LV
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