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    John James Audubon. The Birds of America. Twenty large prints from the Amsterdam Edition. 1971-1972.

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    John James Audubon (1785-1851). The Birds of America. Group of 20 large double-elephant folio prints from the Amsterdam Edition (with watermarks). [New York and Amsterdam: Johnson Reprint Corporation and Theatrum orbis terrarum, 1971-1972].

    Superb color prints; from the double elephant folio reprint edition of Audubon's The Birds of America. A few plates in this lot have smaller image sizes so larger margins. Corners and edges bumped in places, some plates very slightly soiled. Some plates a bit toned, especially the Mississippi Kite, which is heavily toned and yellowed. Very good. Approximately 39.5 x 26.25 inches sheet size, image size sometimes substantially smaller.

    Plates included are:

    Barn Owl CLXXI

    Labrador Falcon CXCVI

    Black Backed Gull CCXLI

    Arctic Yager CCLXVII

    Booby Gannet CCVII

    Black-Winged Hawk CCCLII

    Iceland or Jer Falcon CCCLXVI

    Rough-Legged Falcon CCCCXXII

    Roseate Tern CCXL

    Goshawk / Stanley Hawk CXLI

    Cardinal Grosbeak CLIX

    Boat-tailed Grackle CLXXXVII

    Little Owl CXCIX

    Band-Tailed Pigeon CCCLXVII


    Woodpeckers CCCCXVII

    Marsh Tern CCCCX

    Double-Crested Cormorant CCCVII

    Mississippi Kite CXVII

    Bonapartian Gull CCCXXIV

    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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    Auction Dates
    March, 2018
    7th Wednesday
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