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John James Audubon (April 26, 1785, Les Cayes, Saint-Domingue (later Haiti) – January 27, 1851 (aged 65) Manhattan, New York, U.S.), born Jean-Jacques Audubon, was an American ornithologist, naturalist, and painter. He was notable for his expansive studies to document all types of American birds and for his detailed illustrations that depicted the birds in their natural habitats. His major work, a color-plate book entitled The Birds of America (1827–1839), is considered one of the finest ornithological works ever completed. Audubon identified 25 new species.
In Edinburgh, the Scottish engraver W. H. Lizars began to produce the very first plates for Birds of America. However, after the completion of only ten plates, Lizars' colorists went on strike, and Audubon was forced to continue his pursuit of an engraver. Audubon's dream finally found fruition with Robert Havell, a renowned London engraver. The portfolio of Birds of America, comprised of 435 hand-colored engravings, took twelve years, from 1826 to 1838, to complete. Havell also retouched Lizars' original efforts, adding aquatint to the engraving, and on those ten plates the Havell name appears alongside that of the Scottish engraver's.
'The Birds of America', Havell Edition (1827-1838)
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Title: "Snow Bunting" (Plate: CLXXXIX - 89)
Portfolio: 'The Birds of America', Havell Edition
Engraved by: Robert Havell
*In good condition
Year:
1834
Medium: Original Hand-Colored Aquatint Engraving
Image size: 17" x 11.25"
Sheet size: (trimmed) 26" x 18"
Price: $5,500
Title: "Red Phalarope" (Plate: CCLV - 255)
Portfolio: 'The Birds of America', Havell Edition
Engraved by: Robert Havell
*In very good condition
Year:
1835
Medium: Original Hand-Colored Aquatint Engraving
Plate size: 16' x 22.75'
Sheet size: (trimmed) 22.25" x 29"
Price: $6,500
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Title: "American Flamingo" (Plate: 375)
Portfolio: 'The Birds of America', First Royal Octavo Edition
Lithography and Hand-Coloring by: J. T. Bowen
*In very good condition
Year:
1840-1844
Medium: Original Hand-Colored Lithograph
Limited edition: Approx. 1,200
Image size: 6.5" x 5.75"
Sheet size: 10" x 6.5"
Price: $2,800
'The Birds of America', First Royal Octavo Edition (1840-1844)
To make 'The Birds of America' more affordable and widely available, in 1839 John James Audubon began the first octavo edition, a smaller version of the folio which was printed and hand-colored by J. T. Bowen in Philadelphia. Employing a new invention, the camera lucida, the images were reduced in size, rendered in intermediate drawings by John James Audubon and his son John Woodhouse, and then drawn onto lithographic stones. These miniatures exhibit a remarkable amount of attention to quality and detail, as well as a meticulous fidelity to the larger works. Some compositional changes were made in order to accommodate the smaller format. Like the Havell edition, John James Audubon’s first octavo edition was sold by subscription and distributed in parts, five at a time. However, the octavo editions were issued in proper phylogenic, or species order. These prints also bear the plate number in the upper right-hand corner and the subscription number in the upper left. The first edition of approximately 1,200 sets was completed in five years from 1839 to 1844. A total of 500 images comprise the First Royal Octavo Edition.
Title: "Greenshank" (St. Augustine, FL) (Plate: 346)
Portfolio: 'The Birds of America', First Royal Octavo Edition
Lithography and Hand-Coloring by: J. T. Bowen
*In very good condition
Year:
1840-1844
Medium: Original Hand-Colored Lithograph
Limited edition: Approx. 1,200
Image size: 4.5" x 7.75"
Sheet size: 6.25" x 10.5"
Price: $425
Title: "Common Buzzard" (Plate: 6)
Portfolio: 'The Birds of America', First Royal Octavo Edition
Lithography and Hand-Coloring by: J. T. Bowen
*In Excellent condition
Year:
1840-1844
Medium: Original Hand-Colored Lithograph
Limited edition: Approx. 1,200
Image size: 5.25" x 5"
Sheet size: 10" x 6.5"
Price: $200
Title: "Cayenne Tern" (Plate: 429)
Portfolio: 'The Birds of America', First Royal Octavo Edition
Lithography and Hand-Coloring by: J. T. Bowen
*In good condition
Year:
1840-1844
Medium: Original Hand-Colored Lithograph
Limited edition: Approx. 1,200
Image size: 4" x 7.75"
Sheet size: 6.5" x 10"
Price: $250
Title: "Common American Partridge" (Plate: 289)
Portfolio: 'The Birds of America', First Royal Octavo Edition
Lithography and Hand-Coloring by: J. T. Bowen
*In good condition
Year:
1840-1844
Medium: Original Hand-Colored Lithograph
Limited edition: Approx. 1,200
Image size: 4" x 7"
Sheet size: 10" x 5.75"
Price: $550
Title: "Canada Goose" (Plate: 376)
Portfolio: 'The Birds of America', First Royal Octavo Edition
Lithography and Hand-Coloring by: J. T. Bowen
*In good condition
Year:
1840-1844
Medium: Original Hand-Colored Lithograph
Limited edition: Approx. 1,200
Image size: 7.25" x 6.25"
Sheet size: 10" x 6.5"
Price: $1,200
Title: "Iceland or Gyr Falcon" (Plate: 19)
Portfolio: 'The Birds of America', First Royal Octavo Edition
Lithography and Hand-Coloring by: J. T. Bowen
*In Very Good condition
Year:
1840-1844
Medium: Original Hand-Colored Lithograph
Limited edition: Approx. 1,200
Image size: 7.5" x 5"
Sheet size: 10" x 6.5"
Framed size: 20.5" x 17"
Price: $1,200
Title: "Pipiry Flycatcher" (Plate: 55)
Portfolio: 'The Birds of America', First Royal Octavo Edition
Lithography and Hand-Coloring by: J. T. Bowen
*In good condition
Year:
1840-1844
Medium: Original Hand-Colored Lithograph
Limited edition: Approx. 1,200
Image size: 7" x 5.5"
Sheet size: 10.5" x 6.5"
Price: $225
Title: "Pipiry Flycatcher" (Plate: 249)
Portfolio: 'The Birds of America', First Royal Octavo Edition
Lithography and Hand-Coloring by: J. T. Bowen
*In good condition
Year:
1840-1844
Medium: Original Hand-Colored Lithograph
Limited edition: Approx. 1,200
Image size: 8" x 4"
Sheet size: 10" x 6.25"
Price:
SOLD
Title: "Duskey Duck" (Plate: 386)
Portfolio: 'The Birds of America', First Royal Octavo Edition
Lithography and Hand-Coloring by: J. T. Bowen
*In very good condition
Year:
1840-1844
Medium: Original Hand-Colored Lithograph
Limited edition: Approx. 1,200
Image size: 4" x 7.5"
Sheet size: 6.75" x 10.25"
Price: $400
Title: "Ruddy Duck" (Plate: 399)
Portfolio: 'The Birds of America', First Royal Octavo Edition
Lithography and Hand-Coloring by: J. T. Bowen
*In very good condition
Year:
1840-1844
Medium: Original Hand-Colored Lithograph
Limited edition: Approx. 1,200
Image size: 3.75" x 6.5"
Sheet size: 6.75" x 10.25"
Price: $600
Title: "Whooping Crane" (Plate: 313)
Portfolio: 'The Birds of America', First Royal Octavo Edition
Lithography and Hand-Coloring by: J. T. Bowen
*In excellent condition
Year:
1840-1844
Medium: Original Hand-Colored Lithograph
Limited edition: Approx. 1,200
Image size: 7.5" x 5"
Sheet size: 10.5" x 7"
Price: $1,800