Special Collections Receives Magnificent Gift

Posted on: Friday, September 17, 2010 - 12:21pm

Joe and Anna Eblen Aug. 19, 2010In honor of their daughter Anna Eblen, long-time member of the faculty of Western's Dept. of Communication, Joe and Roberta Eblen of Asheville, North Carolina, have presented Special Collections with a rare copy of the 1966 Collector's Edition of The Original Water-Color Paintings by John James Audubon for The Birds of America.


Issued by the American Heritage Publishing Company and limited to 750 copies, of which Western's is no. 635, the set consists of a beautifully bound volume containing the complete captions of the 431 loose colored plates that accompany the volume. The plates are housed in the trays of a walnut display case, also donated by Joe and Roberta Eblen, that was especially made to showcase the set.

The plates in this edition were the first color plates reproduced from the originals in the collections of the New York Historical Society. In superb condition, this wonderful resource will be of interest to students in many disciplines. We welcome anyone interested to come and see this new treasure, on display now in the Special Collections Research Room.