Bird Prints by John James Audubon
Double Elephant Folio.
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Prints by John James Audubon. From The Birds of America. London: J.J. Audubon, 1827-39. Double elephant folio. Aquatints by Robert Havell. Full original hand-color by R. Havell. Very good condition, except as noted.
John James Audubon, known both for his romantic life and his superb prints, is the most famous of all American natural history artists. For his pioneering travel around the United States in search of new subjects in the wild, his lifelike and dramatic style, and his monumental works on the birds and quadrupeds of North America, Audubon is, perhaps, also the greatest American natural history artist. In 1827 Audubon began to issue the prints from the first edition of his monumental The Birds of America, which when completed ran to a total of 435 double elephant folio prints. The following prints are from this edition.
- "Green Black-capt Flycatcher." Plate 124. Plate mark: 19 1/4 x 12 1/4; paper: 32 x 22. $2,800
- "Orange-crowned Warbler." Plate 178. Image: 18 3/4 x 12 1/4; paper 21 1/4 x 13 1/4. Watermark trimmed. Paper thin at left margin and one pin hole at right, center. Clean. $1,250
Prints by John James Audubon. From The Birds of America. New York: J. Bien, 1860. Chromolithographs. Very good condition, except as noted.
Because of the continued strong demand for the prints, a second edition of Audubon's work was begun in 1860. Published in New York, these prints were lithographs printed in color, a relatively new and expensive process at the time. With the disruptions caused by the Civil War, this edition was never completed, and so these prints are even rarer than those of the first edition. As the first totally American Audubon prints, matching those of the first edition in beauty and drama, these are wonderful pieces of American history. The following prints are from this edition.
- "Great White Heron. Ardea occidentalis. Male adult spring plumage. View Key West." Plate 368. New York: J. Bien, 1860. Chromolithograph. Full, untrimmed sheet. Paper is clean and large with margins all around. Minor surface abrasion at bottom in title area, and at bottom right on credit line not affecting image. Very good image and condition. $19,000
- "American Flamingo. Phoenicopterus ruber. Linn. Old Male." Plate 375. New York: J. Bien, 1860. Chromolithograph. Full, untrimmed sheet. Paper is clean and large with margins all around. Excellent color. Excellent image and condition. $40,000
- "Fish Hawk, or Osprey, Falco Haliaetus. Male. Weak Fish." New York: J. Bien, 1860. Chromolithograph. Paper: 39 1/2 x 26 3/4. Paper is clean and large with wide margins all around. No portfolio or plate numbers along the top or credit to Bien at bottom right, as sometimes is the case. Excellent image and condition. $18,000
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