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The World’s Most Expensive Book (Story)

Did you know that the state of North Carolina originally purchased John James Audubon‘s four volume Birds of America for only $650? Today, Birds of America is the world’s most expensive book. Containing 435 hand colored plates, each of Audubon’s four volumes stands about 40 inches high. You can learn more about Birds of America and Audubon’s fascinating life by visiting the North Carolina Museum of Art and reading this blog post by Joseph Covington.


Audubon's Birds of America

Check out some plates from Audubon's 1838 Birds of American below.