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19. An Outstanding Selection of Octavo Bird Prints

by John James Audubon

From the First Octavo Edition of The Birds of America, 1839–1844

Lithographs printed and hand colored by J. T. Bowen, Philadelphia.

All sheets measure approximately 10 1/4 x 6 1/2". Fine condition for the majority of prints.

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.

Title Page, 1840

One-eighth the size of the original large folio 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.

Title Page, 1841

The present group comprises all prints from volumes I and II and a few selections from volume III. Prints are offered individually and include some of the most desirable and dynamic birds in the octavo set, including the Snowy Owl, the Iceland Falcon, the Common Osprey Fish Hawk, the Great Horned Owl, the Wood Wren, the Common Blue Bird, and the American Robin.

A total of 144 prints, nearly all in superb condition with gorgeous hand color, are available, providing an outstanding opportunity for collectors to acquire some of the most important octavo prints, as well as to fill in birds missing from their collections.

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Audubon First Edition Octavos
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Volume I : Click to view   Price   Volume II : Click to view   Price
1. California Turkey Vulture   $1,200.   71. Hooded Flying Warbler   $200.
2. Red-Headed Turkey Vulture   SOLD.   72. Canada Flycatcher   $625.
3. Black Vulture or Carrion Crow   SOLD.   73. Bonaparte's Flycatching Warbler   SOLD.
4. Caracara Eagle   $450.   74. Kentucky Flycatching Warbler   $250.
5. Harris’ Buzzard   $1,200.   75. Wilson's Flycatching Warbler   SOLD.
6. Common Buzzard   $800.   76. Yellow-crowned Wood-Warbler   $500.
7. Red-tailed Buzzard   $800.   77. Audubon's Wood-Warbler
(Yellow-rumped Warbler)
  SOLD.
8. Harlan’s Buzzard   SOLD.   78. Black-poll Wood-Warbler   $225.
9. Red-Shouldered Hawk   $1,200.   79. Yellow-throated Wood-Warbler   SOLD.
10. Broad-winged Buzzard   $450.   80. Bay-breasted Wood-Warbler   $900.
11. Rough-legged Buzzard   $475.   81. Chestnut-sided Wood-Warbler   $200.
12. Golden Eagle   SOLD.   82. Pine Creeping Wood-Warbler   SOLD.
13. Washington Sea Eagle   $850.   83. Hemlock Warbler   $400.
14. Bald Eagle   $1,500.   84. Black-throated Green
Wood-Warbler
  $300.
15. Common Osprey Fish Hawk   $2,500.   85. Cape May Wood-Warbler   SOLD.
16. Black-shouldered Elanus
(White-tailed Kite)
  $250.   86. Cerulean Wood Warbler   SOLD.
17. Mississippi Kite   $275.   87. Blackburnian Wood-Warbler   $750.
18. Swallow-tailed Hawk   $850.   88. Yellow-poll Wood-Warbler   $375.
19. Iceland or Gyr Falcon   $2,200.   89. Rathbones Wood-Warbler   $350.
20. Peregrine Falcon   $800.   90. Yellow Red-poll Wood-Warbler   $350.
21. Pigeon Falcon   $450.   91. Blue Yellow-backed Wood-Warbler   SOLD.
22. Sparrow Falcon   $1,800.   92. Townsends Wood-Warbler   SOLD.
23. Gos Hawk   $350.   93. Hermit Wood-Warbler   $350.
24. Coopers Hawk   $500.   94. Black-throated Grey
Wood-Warbler
  $175.
25. Sharp-skinned Hawk   SOLD.   95. Black-throated Blue Wood-Warbler   $750.
26. Common Harrier   $200.   96. Black and Yellow Wood-Warbler   $800.
27. Hawk Owl   SOLD.   97. Prairie Wood-Warbler   $400.
28. Snowy Owl   SOLD.   98. Blue Mountain Warbler   $150.
29. Passerine Day Owl   SOLD.   99. Connecticut Warbler   $600.
30. Columbian Day Owl
(Northern Pygmy Owl)
  $225.   100. Macgillivrays Ground-Warbler   $250.
31. Burrowing Day Owl   $400.   101. Mourning Ground-Warbler   $200.
32. Tengmalms Night Owl (Borean Owl)   SOLD.   102. Maryland Ground-Warbler   $350.
33. Little or Arcadian Owl   $250.   103. Delafields Ground-Warbler   SOLD.
34. Barn Owl   $2,000.   104. Swainsons Swamp-Warbler   $375.
35. Great Cinereous Owl   $1,500.   105. Worm-eating Swamp Warbler   $400.
36. Barred Owl   $1,400.   106. Prothonotary Swamp-Warbler   $400.
37. Long-eared Owl   $900.   107. Golden-Winged Swamp Warbler   $200.
38. Short-eared Owl   $500.   108. Bachmans Swamp-Warbler   $1,000.
39. Great Horned Owl   $2,000.   109. Carbonated Swamp-Warbler   $325.
40. Little Screech Owl   SOLD.   110. Tennessee Swamp-Warbler   SOLD.
41. Chuck-wills Widow   $950.   111. Blue-winged Yellow
Swamp-Warbler
  $600.
42. Whip-Poor-Will   SOLD.   112. Orange-crowned Swamp-Warbler   SOLD.
43. Night-hawk   $1,250.   113. Nashville Swamp-Warbler   SOLD.
44. American Swift   SOLD.   114. Black and White
Creeping Warbler
  $350.
45. Purple Martin   $850.   115. Brown-tree Creeper   SOLD.
46. White-bellied Swallow   SOLD.   116. Rock Wren   SOLD.
47. Cliff Swallow (Nests)   $225.   117. Carolina Wren   SOLD.
48. Barn or Chimney Swallow   $1,200.   118. Bewick Wren   SOLD.
49. Violet Green Swallow   SOLD.   119. Wood Wren   SOLD.
50. Bank Swallow   $285.   120. House Wren   $600.
51. Rough-winged Swallow   SOLD.   121. Winter Wren   $325.
52. Fork-tailed Flycatcher   $2,000.   122. Parkmans Wren   $300.
53. Swallow-tailed Flycatcher   SOLD.   123. Marsh Wren   $575.
54. Arkansaw Flycatcher (Western Kingbird)  SOLD.   124. Short-billed Marsh Wren   SOLD.
55. Pipiry Flycatcher (Gray Kingbird)   $300.   125. Crested Titmouse   $900.
56. Tyrant Flycatcher/King Bird   $350.   126. Black-Cap Titmouse   $600.
57. Great Crested Flycatcher   SOLD.   127. Carolina Titmouse/Sapple Jack   $250.
58. Coopers Flycatcher   $200.   128. Hudson Bay Titmouse
(Boreal Chickadee)
  $275.
59. Says Flycatcher   $200.   129. Chestnut-backed Titmouse   $275.
60. Rocky Mountain Flycatcher   $200.   130. Chestnut-crowned Titmouse   SOLD.
61. Short-Legged Pewit Flycatcher   $200.   131. Cuviers Kinglet   SOLD.
62. Small Green-crested Flycatcher   $200.   132. American Golden-crested
Kinglet
  $400.
63. Pewee Flycatcher (Eastern Phoebe)   SOLD.   133. Ruby-crowned Kinglet   SOLD.
64. Wood Pewee Flycatcher   $200.   134. Common Blue Bird   $2,200.
65. Traills Flycatcher   $175.   135. Western Blue Bird   $800.
66. Least Pewee Flycatcher   $175.   136. Arctic Blue Bird   $500.
67. Small-headed Flycatcher
(Virginian Spider Wort)
  SOLD.   137. American Dipper   $450.
68. American Redstart   SOLD.   138. Common Mocking Bird   SOLD.
69. Townsends Ptilogony   SOLD.   140. Cat Bird/Blackberry   $300.
70. Blue-grey Flycatcher   $300.   141. Ferruginous Mocking Bird   $1,200.
        142. American Robin   $2,500.
        143. Varied Thrush   $250.
        144. Wood Thrush   $200.
        145. Tawny Thrush   SOLD.