The Teylers Museum in Haarlem, the Netherlands, plans to exhibit one of the world’s largest and most expensive books to the public. The Birds of America, by John James Audubon, will be on display from 3 November until 20 January 2008.
Teylers will show five parts of the book. Due to the value and size of the book, it is rarely displayed. A copy of the book sold at a 2002 Christie’s auction for almost nine million dollars.
Most of the bird illustrations in the book are life-size. The book measures 64 x 97 centimeters.
The Teylers Museum in Haarlem is the oldest museum in the Netherlands.