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    John James Audubon (1785-1851). Three Prints: Winter Hawk - Plate LXXI [and:] Cock of the Plains - Plate CCCLXXI [and:] Black-Throated Divers - Plate CCCXLVI (Amsterdam Edition).

    Three wonderful color photolithographs from the full-size facsimile reproduction of the original Havell Edition of Audubon's Birds of America (Amsterdam: 1971-1972), printed in an edition of only 250 copies. These stunning reproductions are on full double-elephant folio-sized wove paper, with the "G. Schut & Zonen" watermark. All are in excellent condition except for a few shallow bends at the lower edge of the Winter Hawk. All measure approximately 39.5 x 26.5 inches.


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    John James Audubon (1785-1851), the Haitian-born Frenchman who spent most of his life in the United States, is, without question, the greatest and most influential painter of birds in the history of ornithological illustration. His masterpiece, the Birds of America (1827-1838), took twelve years of meticulous work to complete. The 435 hand-colored aquatint engravings, masterfully rendered by Robert Havell, were originally printed on huge double elephant folio paper, depicting North American birds in their full life-size glory. This original "Havell Edition" is the first and most sought-after printing, and it is estimated that only 175 complete sets of this edition were produced. In 1842 Audubon issued the "Octavo Edition," a smaller format (and more affordable) edition intended to reach a larger audience. The "Bien Edition"- a collection of chromolithograph reissues - appeared between 1858 and 1860, but was left incomplete as the publication was halted by the onset of the Civil War; it is estimated that only 75 sets of this edition were issued. Audubon's last work was The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America, a study of mammals published in both an imperial folio format by J. T. Bowen as well as an octavo edition by Lockwood & Co. Not only was Audubon a superb wildlife painter, but he also contributed significantly to the study of bird anatomy and behavior. John James Audubon's influential and groundbreaking work occupies a monumental place of honor in the pantheon of ornithological art.



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    October, 2009
    16th-17th Friday-Saturday
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