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The Birds Of America

By Audubon, John James




Written by naturalist John James Audubon, the Birds of America is one of the most prized and collected books of all time. In addition to the stunning colors and detail in Audubon's work, it is noteworthy also because of its ambitious scope: to paint every bird in North America. Six of the birds painted have become extinct since its publication.

First edition identification and notes

Originally published as a series of 425 loose hand-colored watercolor prints roughly 26 by 39 inches between 1827 and 1838, the Birds of America was collected in a five volume folio edition in 1838 (called the Harvell Edition). Subsequent editions were issued at a more affordable price in multi-volume octavo editions. One hundred twenty copies of the first edition are known to have survived complete, most now residing in institutions and libraries. The most recently sold copy went to an anonymous American collector at auction for $7.9 million in 2012.

Other collectible or notable editions

Owing to its scarcity and desirability, even the later printed first octavo editions (1840s) generally run from $50,000-$100,000 and individual plates from the first folio edition can easily cost $30,000.

However, despite - and in part owing to - its immense popularity, collectibility and hefty price tag, more accessible, collectible editions of Audubon's opus are available. Later editions from the 1850s can often be had in nice condition for four figures and individual prints from the octavo editions can be found for a few thousand dollars. A morocco bound edition printed in 11 volumes by Volair Limited can present an attractive version of the complete work for under $1,000.


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The Birds of America,

AUDUBON, John James.

New York & Philadelphia: J. J. Audubon and [vols. I-V] J. B. Chevalier,, [1839-]1840-1844. . from Drawings Made in the United States and Their Territories. 7 volumes, octavo. (250 x 147 mm). Recently rebound to style in black half morocco, gilt panelled spines with owl and eagle motifs, contemporary marbled sides, speckled edges, endleaves renewed. 500 hand-coloured lithographic plates after Audubon by W. E. Hitchcock, R. Trembley and others, printed by J. T. Bowen of Philadelphia (plates 1-135, 151-500) or George Endicott of New York (plates 136-150), numerous wood-engraved anatomical figures in text. A few plates trimmed by the binder with concomitant shaving of a few captions (encroaching on the plate itself in only one instance). An excellent set. First octavo edition of Audubon's "Great National Work", the first complete edition and the first American edition, the original double-elephant folio was published in Edinburgh and London between 1827 and 1838. A very handsome set, the plates clean and fresh, of the "most beautiful, popular, and important natural history books published in America in the nineteenth century... representing the best of pre-Civil War American lithography and giving Audubon the opportunity finally to display his scholarship and genius to a large American audience for the first time" (Ron Tyler). The plates, here accompanied by the text for the first time, were reduced and variously modified from the Havell engravings in the double-elephant folio. Seven new species are figured and seventeen others, previously described in the Ornithological Biography but not illustrated, are pictured for the first time. Audubon may have been prompted to publish the reduced version of his double-elephant folio by the appearance in 1839 of John Kirk Townsend's rival Ornithology of the United States, or, as he writes in the introduction to the present work, he may have succumbed to public demand and his wish that a work similar to his large work should be published but "at such a price, as would enable every student or lover of nature to place it in his Library". The first edition of the octavo work now represents the only realistic opportunity that exists for collectors to own an entire collection of Audubon images in a form that was overseen and approved by the great artist himself.

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BIRDS OF AMERICA [ Complete Set ]

Audubon, John James

Norwalk: Easton Press. First Edition Thus; Collector's Edition. Hardcover. Book condition is Near Fine, bound in full, genuine leather with gilt accents, 22kt gold page edges and a hubbed spine. Smyth sewn, interior vaunts moire end papers, acid-neutral paper (won't yellow or become brittle over time) and silk ribbon page marker. Text is clean and unmarked, still in factory shrink-wrap. This exclusive Deluxe Limited Edition reproduces the complete "Birds of America," the legendary masterpiece in the 1844 octavo edition – all the descriptions, all 500 full-color plates. One of the finest ornithological works ever created. ; Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall .

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John James Audubon

First edition of The Birds of America by John James Audubon, done by the Philadelphia firm of J.T. Bowen in 1840-1844 Size is approximately 6 1/2 x 10 inches Genuine Audubon lithograph - Blue Mountain Warbler - Male Pl. 98 Octavo Editions (1840-71). Hand colored stone lithograph. There is no plate mark or watermark. The paper is white - tan, due to age ,and somewhat stiff like card stock and glued to the board (print was taking from frame). It has what is called a binding edge or strip along one edge of the paper, with half tiny holes or slits as evidence of the print having been stitched into a book, and a narrow strip where a tissue guard was glued on to protect the image. A plate number 98 printed in Arabic numerals in the upper right corner.

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The Birds Of America: From Drawings Made In The United States And Their Territories, Volume 5

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John James Audubon

New York: MacMillan Publishing Company. 1977. First Edition; Eleventh Printing. Hardcover. 0025044400 . Very Good+ in a Very Good price clipped dust jacket. Some edge wear to jacket. Foreward and captions by William Vogt. 435 beautiful full color illustrations of birds. ; 12.30 X 9.20 X 1.50 inches; 500 pages; Original dust jacket protected by archival Brodart cover. All domestic orders shipped protected in a Box. .

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Audubon, John James

With a foreword and descriptive cations by William Vogt. New York: Macmillan Company, 1946. Audubon, John James. Very good hardcover, cloth binding Cover faded and slightly worn at edges with marker sign on 3 title first pages. 5th printing, 435 drawings/plates. 31X24cm

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The Birds of America

John James Audubon

Published by thr Macmillan Company, 1946-01-01. hardcover. Good. (TF52) - XXVI páginas - 435 ilustraciones - Encuadernado en tela completa - Puntas gastadas - Buen estado

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Audubon, John James.

Natural History Museum 2011. . 4to. 448pp. 435 colour plates. Marbled e.ps., original cream lettered blue cloth, enclosed in matching slipcase with ills. Additional postage may be necessary US$88

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MacMillan Publishing Company, 1947-12-01. Hardcover. Used:Good.

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THE BIRDS OF AMERICA

John James Audubon

New York: The MacMillan Company. 1957. Second Printing. Hardcover. Very Good+ in a Very Good+ dust jacket. Page edges show foxing. Closed tear to upper edge of front flap. ; 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall; Original unclipped dust jacket protected by archival Brodart cover. All domestic orders shipped protected in a Box. .

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THE BIRDS OF AMERICA

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Natural History Museum, 2011. Folio (15 x 10.5 ins). Original white lettered blue cloth with pelican blind-stamped on upper board (Fine), slipcase (Fine). Pp. 448, illus with 435 coloured plates (no inscriptions).

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The Birds of America

Audubon, John James

New York: The Macmillan Co.. Fine with no dust jacket. 1937. First Edition. Hard Cover. Full sized dummy of the regular edition of the book. Accompanying is a letter from the manager of the trade department of MacMillan, to a bookshop in Dallas, Texas. The top of the letter, the fep, & the inside front cover are rust stained from an old staple (since removed). The book contains 16 plates (on 8 pages), with the balance blank paper. The dummy was intended to help obtain advance orders of the book. The letter is dated 10 Aug '37, 3 months before publication date. There is very slight soiling to the top of the front cover, and a 1 1/2x3" area of silverfish damage to the top outer corner of the back cover. Otherwise the book is extremely tight. The corners are not bumped.; Salesman's Dummy; 9x12 1/2" .

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The Birds of America

Audubon, John James

NY: Macmillan & Co, 1946. (From Original Drawings of the 500 Plates , the first 435 were originally Published by Audubon, in London, during the Years 1827-3838--Has 500 Plates) (Heavy Book) Lots of Illustrations -(dc). 5th Printing. Hard Cover. Good/No Jacket. Big Book.

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