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    John J. Audubon Autograph Letter Signed. One page with integral address leaf, 7.75" x 9.75", New York, September 3, 1831, to American naturalist Richard Harlan, author of Fauna Americana and American Herpetology and close friend of Audubon's, upon his return to the United States from a trip to Great Britain. Two months later, he would leave to explore Florida for inclusion in the third volume of his seminal work, The Birds of America. In part:

    "I have once more reached our happy Country. We landed this ½ hour and I intend being with you as soon as I can probably in 4 or 5 days. I hope you are well. remember me to [James] McMurtrie...If you can see [George] Lehman tell him of my being in here."

    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. The Birds of America took twelve years (1827-1838) of meticulous work to complete. The 435 hand-colored aquatint engravings, masterfully rendered by Robert Havell, depicted North American birds in their full life-size glory.


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