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    John James Audubon. The Birds of America. Twenty large prints from the Abbeville Edition. 1985.

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    John James Audubon (1785-1851). The Birds of America. Group of 20 large double-elephant folio prints from the Abbeville Edition (most with watermarks, may be one or two that are not Abbeville). [New York: Abbeville Press, in conjunction with The National Audubon Society, 1985].

    Superb color prints; from the double elephant folio reprint edition of Audubon's The Birds of America. Corners bumped, hole and abrasions to top right margin of Whooping Crane plate, some plates very slightly soiled, some plates with holes in the far left margin from being bound or registration. Very good. Approximately 39 x 26 inches.

    Plates included are:

    Whooping Crane CCXXVI

    American Robin CXXXI

    Townsend's Sandpiper CCCCXXVII

    Little Tawny Thrush; Ptiliogony's Townsendii; Canada Jay CCCCXIX

    Six Woodpeckers CCCXVII

    White-Crowned Pigeon CLXXVII

    Columbian Water Ouzel; Arctic Water Ouzel CCCCXXXV

    Brasilian Caracara Eagle CLXI

    White-Headed Eagle CXXVI

    Snowy Owl CXXI

    Mississippi Kite CXVII

    Double Crested Cormorant CCLVII

    Black Backed Gull CCXLI

    Booby Gannet CCVII

    Canada Goose CCI

    Black Tern CCLXXX

    Hutchins's Barnacle Goose CCLXXVII

    Arctic Yager CCLXVII

    Frigate Pelican CCLXXI

    Summer or Wood Duck CCVI


    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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