Canada's Library of Parliament is digitizing its massive, $10M book about birds

The Library of Parliament is digitizing its rare copy of James John Audobon’s Birds of America, one of the world’s most expensive books with a value of more than $10 million.The original copy of the book, which consists of 435 full-colour plates measuring 70 centimetres by one metre, collected into 17 different volumes, is physically the largest item in the Library of Parliament collection. It’s one of just three known sets containing both all of Audobon’s original prints as well as seven composite prints he completed later on to make corrections.The book’s preservation and documentation is important for several reasons including both its financial and historical value, Sonia Bebbington, director of knowledge management and preservation at the Library of Parliament, told Yahoo Canada News.The last known sale of a similar copy of Birds of America was done by Christie’s in 2011 and fetched more than $11.7 million …
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