Primary Inquiry at Occidental: A Co-Lab for Information Literacy

Part Two: The Transylvanian biblioklept

American Animals (2018) features authentic film footage of the four remaining exemplars of this rare variety, who survived in captivity for seven years before being released into the wilds of Los Angeles and their native rolling hills of Kentucky. The film reenacts the crime of rare book theft, committed by a rag-tag band of undergraduates and friends at Transylvania University in Lexington, KY. Their quarry: the "elephant folio," AKA John James Audubon's Birds of America (1827-1838). This beast of a book measures a whopping 39.5 inches by 28.5 inches (that's about the same wingspan as the American Flamingo, or Phoenicopterus ruber), and holds 435 plates of Audubon's striking watercolored engravings of dead American fowl depicted in reenacted scenes of existence. 

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