A wonderful value, this collection of reproductions of 288 plates from the 1937 royal edition, is an essential cornerstone for the nature library. New introductory material, biographical and critical comment, explanation of selection, sequence, and some remarks on the subject of conservation. But the plates mark the book's real value a bit muted in color, but retaining the delicacy and beauty of the originals. Charmingly designed binding with paper overlay. A compact, inexpensive, introduction to Audubon -- for schools, libraries and camps.