Plate no. 29, Passerine Day-Owl, SOLD.
Plate no. 32, Tengmalms Night-Owl, $150. [ Order ]
Plate no. 129, Chesnut backed Titmouse, SOLD.
Plate no. 130, Chesnut-crowned Titmouse, $150. [ Order ]
Plate no. 131, Cuvier’s Kinglet, $225. [ Order ]
Plate no. 133, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, SOLD.
Plate no. 162, Yellow-winged Bunting, $175. [ Order ]
Plate no. 163, Henslow’s Bunting, $175. [ Order ]
A Selection of Octavo Bird Prints
By John James Audubon
From a second or later octavo edition of The Birds of America, c.
Lithographs with original hand color.
Without doubt the best-known
ornithological and zoological artist of all time, John James Laforest
Audubon’s ambitious and eventually popular “Great Idea”
of making and publishing his own drawings of all the birds of North
America resulted in the most monumental and perhaps most “American”
natural history works ever published. His desire to make his work
more affordable and widely available resulted in his production of a
miniature publication, the first edition of which was completed in
five years (1839–1844) and comprised 1,200 sets. One-eighth the
size of the original engravings, the octavo lithographs exhibit a
remarkable degree of attention to quality and detail. Using the
camera lucida, the images were reduced in size from the originals and
then drawn onto lithographic stones. Some compositional changes were
made to accommodate the smaller size. Unlike the double elephant
originals, the lithographs were issued in correct phylogenic order.
The prints bear the plate number in the upper right corner and the
subscription number in the upper left.
All sheets measure approximately 10 1/4 x 6 1/2". Condition of plates is
Plate no. 172, Sea-side Finch, $275. [ Order ]
Plate no. 176, Bachman’s Pinewood Finch, $275. [ Order ]
Plate no. 211, Wandering Rice-bird, $275. [ Order ]
Plate no. 229, Columbia Magpie or Jay, $650. [ Order ]
Plate no. 385, Mallard, $1,750. [ Order ]
Plate no. 476, Great North Diver Loon, $850. [ Order ]
Plate no. 478, Red-Throated Diver, $550. [ Order ]