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“Botanica Magnifica is largely a record of endangered tropical plants of the world.
“Double elephant” is the technical term for a rarely used, very large book-paper size, in this case approximately 100 by 75 centimeters (39½ by 29½ inches). Singer’s deliberate model here is the original edition of Audubon’s Birds of America, the greatest picture book ever published and the best-known double-elephant folio. Each of the volumes of Botanica Magnifica will weigh approximately 35 pounds.
My images are taxonomically perfect, they look like paintings, and they’re large.
Recently, an extremely wealthy Japanese businessman who wishes to remain anonymous, at least for the time being, agreed to pay $2.5 million for the world’s second set of Botanica Magnifica in the double-elephant folio size. (Singer plans 10 such sets and no more.) The sale price of $2.5 million would appear to give Singer the undisputed world record for a contemporary book of photographs”.
! The University of Pittsburgh owns one of the rare, complete sets of John James Audubon’s Birds of America. Recently the University Of Pittsburgh Library System (ULS) has digitized and mounted online its collection of John James Audubon. The University presents the complete double elephant folio set of Audubon’s Birds of America, accompanied by his Ornithological Biography, through the website : University of Pittsburg.
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