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Home of the world’s only direct camera Audubon Birds of America prints.

“True prints, true colors, incredible detail! Princetons are simply the finest Audubon prints ever produced!”- William Steiner, Audubon Prints: A Collector’s Guide To Every Edition.

For the original Audubon Havell Ivory-billed Woodpecker, please click here.

For the Princeton Audubon American Flamingo, please click here. Brown Pelican, click here.

For the Princeton Audubon Pileated Woodpecker, perhaps the finest Audubon reproduction ever accomplished, please click here.

Nature is always in style, so feather your nest!

Audubon Fine Art Prints

Featuring the world’s only direct camera Audubon Birds of America lithographs - The Princeton Audubon Double Elephant Edition. In the early spring of 1832, Audubon and his assistant George Lehman stayed at the home of John Bachman in Charleston, South Carolina. Audubon wrote of the thousands of snowy egrets that had arrived there by March 25 and “were seen in the marshes and rice fields, all in full plumage.” Soon he painted this magnificent egret, while Lehman added the landscape of a rice plantation in the Carolina low country.

Snowy Egret - $200 off today.

Audubon Birds of America Originals and Audubon Fine Art

Purchase American History! Actual original Audubon Octavo Quadrupeds in archival frames. Immediate shipping.

Also available framed: The Grey Fox. Available already matted (display as is or drop into a frame) are these Octavo Quadrupeds and Octavo birds.

Nature’s back!

Nature is never out of style, so feather your nest with this Louisiana Heron. This edition was produced by permission of The New-York Historical Society. Louise Mirrer, Director of the New-York Historical Society says, "Princeton has faithfully reproduced the N-YHS original engravings in a collector's edition of stunning quality and brilliant color." Reduced size approximating Elephant sized paper such as Audubon used for his Imperial Quadrupeds. $250 each.

Louisiana Heron, Essex NYHS Edition

Original Audubon Imperials

Among the rarest of all Audubon originals.

Grey Rabbit
About this Long-billed Curlew from John James Audubon’s Birds of America, and a special offer.. We obtained the rights to reproduce this captivating image from the owner of the original who lives in Charleston, South Carolina. That is the city of Charleston in the background with Castle Pinckney in mid-harbor. The birds themselves are perhaps depicted on Hog Island. The eye of the curlew standing erect will follow you. This particular and very popular image is unusual for John James Audubon in that recognizable civilization is included. Some of the structures in the background are still existing to this day. The detail is incredible, with the rigging on the ships and individual stones in the castle visible. The original was owned by descendants of a family dating back to a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Measuring 27 x 39 inches on archival paper, this outstanding image will bring history to your walls. But how about TWO in the bush? Here is a very special offer from Princeton Audubon that cannot be found anywhere else on the Internet.

SPECIAL INTRODUCTORY OFFER. Add this Long-billed Curlew to your cart at the introductory price of $750 (Regular retail will be $1,200), then add any other print from our premier Gallery 1 - The Princeton Audubon Double Elephant Edition. The shopping cart will automatically discount your Gallery 1 choice by 50%!

OR, instead of the Long-billed Curlew, select any print valued at $900 or more from our Gallery 3 - The Rare Prints Edition. Then again choose any print from our Gallery 1 and the cart will automatically deduct 50% from your Gallery 1 choice!

Thank you for visiting Princeton Audubon Prints.

Featuring the world’s only direct camera Audubon Birds of America lithographs.

Between 1827 and 1838, John James Audubon, brilliant artist and naturalist, published in London, England, in his own style, a series of 435 large-sized, hand-colored etchings with aquatints in a folio entitled The Birds of America. These were reproduced primarily by Robert Havell and Sons from Audubon’s watercolor studies that he had earlier composed during his several journeys throughout the young United States. We purchased these originals in order to accurately reproduce them, instead of simply copying copies of originals.

Princeton Audubon prints in Gallery 1 are the world’s only direct camera Audubon Double elephants (life size - 26 1/4 x 39 1/4) •Limited edition of 1500. •Pencil-numbered and embossed with the Princeton Audubon Limited seal. •Up to 11 color plates used. •Specially developed fade-proof inks. Absolute color fidelity to the actual original. •Printed on a 300 line. •Very heavy archival paper which is recommended by the Library of Congress for archives and is specially toned to match the actual color of the antique originals. •Registered to purchaser. •As permanently displayed at The Royal Society of London, to which Audubon belonged as a Fellow. Princetons began with the purchase of the actual originals which were physically used in the production process. A giant camera with film the same size as the print took a direct-capture picture of the original, and this exact image was transferred directly to the metal printing plates. There are no other Audubon facsimiles which match the quality of Princeton prints.

Are Princetons really the “finest (Audubon Prints) ever produced?”

The Royal Society of London, where John James Audubon was a Fellow, displays our prints in Chicheley Hall, a 300 year old estate in Buckinghamshire, England which serves as the International Science Conference Center. A paper conservator addressed the crumbling portion of an original Havell Wood Duck by using the corresponding section of ours. Additionally, The New York Times featured our Purple Heron when rolling out their original online store. And Martha Stewart Living framed and featured our Snowy Owl. Universities have added our entire collection to their acquisitions. You can display these same prints in your home or office. Audubon author and collector William Steiner, Audubon Prints: A Collector’s Guide To Every Edition, states “True prints, true colors, incredible detail! Princetons are simply the finest Audubon lithographs ever produced!” Far beyond common reproductions, Princetons are the world’s only direct camera Audubon lithographs. “Of all the full-size facsimiles of Audubon's prints, those from Princeton Audubon Ltd. come the closest in appearance and quality to the originals. Combining this with their very reasonable cost make the Princeton Audubon facsimiles winners for those looking to acquire some of the most dramatic American natural history images ever produced." - Chris Lane, Philadelphia Print Shop West, appraiser on Antiques Roadshow. “With their astounding detail, definition, and color, the Princeton direct-camera facsimiles have long set the standard in Audubon Birds of America lithographs." - Louise Mirrer, The New-York Historical Society.

Purchase securely from this website. We also authorize and guarantee sales of our prints from The Audubon House and Gallery in Key West, Florida, The Taylor Clark Audubon Gallery in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and The New York Historical Society in New York City. You may also visit your local gallery and have them order the print(s) directly from us. We have also authorized and guarantee sales of our prints from the following websites: Minniesland.com, Rare Prints.com, and Audubon-Prints.com. Phone us if you wish to order by phone or have any questions. 908.510.1621. Thank you for your visit.

Today’s best deals in Audubon fine art prints.

Obtain a 15% discount by entering coupon code BigFeathers for any print in Gallery 1.

Add to your cart any two of our popular Essex prints from Gallery 3 and apply coupon code EssexFree to get the second at no cost. These are exceptional fine art prints in medium sizes from the collection of originals at The New-York Historical Society.

Of interest to Audubon collectors.

Recently acquired is the beautifully framed octavo Grey Fox.

Original Audubon Havells

Our Havells include the beautiful Orchard Oriole and Seaside Finch. Coming soon. Havell Osprey or Fish Hawk and Havell Ivory-billed Woodpecker.

Original Audubon Imperial Quadrupeds

Collectors of Imperial Quadrupeds will find a large selection which includes the Canada Lynx.

Original Audubon Royal Octavo Birds

Our galleries include the originals only, originals already matted, and originals already matted and framed.

Original Audubon Royal Octavo Quadrupeds

Our galleries include the originals only, originals already matted, and originals already matted and framed.

Is my Audubon print an original?

Probably not. Yes, it may have “Drawn from nature by J.J. Audubon” at the bottom, but so do millions of inexpensive reproductions. Same size octavos from a book published in 1890 are regularly and perhaps unknowingly passed off on eBay as originals. Several individuals have sent us these prints and are disappointed to find out that their prints have very little value. Some dealers advertise Amsterdam Edition prints as originals. How can you be sure that your print is authentic? We suggest first reading this page - Authenticating Audubon Originals. Still need help?

Free Audubon Print Authentication

Think your print may be an original but you can’t be sure? We will be happy to determine the authenticity of your print(s) by examining them at no cost to you. All you need to do is ship your prints to our office with a pre-paid return shipping label included. We will return the prints in the same packaging. Send the package “Signature required” and insure it for a reasonable amount. Call or email us for the mailing address. 908.510.1621, info@princetonaudubonprints.com.

Can you show me pictures of original Octavo birds and quadrupeds?

Wondering what the actual octavo originals really look like? Here are the pictures.

Audubon Birds of America Reproductions

The Internet is filled with Audubon reproductions of every size and value. Here is a list of some well-known editions. Click here.

Who was John James Audubon?

"...there is nothing perfect but primitiveness, and my efforts at copying nature, like all other things attempted by us poor mortals, fall far short of the originals." J.J. Audubon.

Between 1827 and 1838, John James Audubon, brilliant artist and naturalist, published in London, England, in his own style, a series of 435 large-sized, hand-colored etchings with aquatints in a folio entitled The Birds of America. These were reproduced primarily by Robert Havell and Sons from Audubon’s watercolor studies that he had earlier composed during his several journeys throughout the young United States. Looking back, Audubon wrote ... "Having studied drawing for a short while in my youth under good masters, I felt a great desire to make choice of a style more particularly adapted to the imitation of feathers than the drawings in water colours that I had been in the habit of seeing, and moreover, to complete a collection not only valuable to the scientific class, but pleasing to every person, by adopting a different course of representation from the mere profile-like cut figures, given usually in works of that kind." More info.

What is a double elephant?

"It is now a month since my work was begun by Mr. Lizars; the paper is of unusual size, called 'double elephant', and the plates are to be finished in such superb style as to eclipse all of the same kind in existence." - J.J. Audubon, December 10, 1826. Read more...

What do all the numbers mean?

The number at top left of each double elephant is a group number. The number at top right is the individual plate number. There are five individual plates in each group. Interestingly, the unique plate number (from 1 to 435) appearing above each larger bird will always end with a 1 or 6. Why? Audubon released prints to subscribers in groups of five, with the first print in each group generally a large bird or a full page composition. Plate number one in the first grouping of five prints was the huge male Wild Turkey. The first plate number in the second grouping of five, plate six, was the equally large female Wild Turkey. Smaller numbers appearing next to birds within the image correspond to the type, sex or maturity of each bird as noted in the bottom script.

What is the value of my Audubon print?

What is my Audubon print worth? All original Audubon prints have value. (They don’t make them anymore) Is yours an original? Check here to find out. Realize also that an appraiser can assign a value, but the market determines the price. The value of original Octavo prints which measure about 7 x 10 inches, mammals and birds, can range from $50 to $4,000. Original Imperial quadruped prints which measure 21 x 28 inches can range from $500 to $30,000. Original Audubon Havell prints will range from $2,000 to $200,000. In all cases the final prices are determined by condition, image, edition, and current market conditions. Small quadrupeds tend to be at the lower margins, larger quadrupeds such as the Bison and popular images such as the Grey Fox and Wildcat are at the upper margins. Small birds such as warblers will realize less than the larger birds, such as Pelicans, Flamingos and Herons. You can expect an Octavo Flamingo to sell between 2,000 to 4,000, depending upon condition and edition. First Edition octavos are valued higher than subsequent editions. Original untrimmed Havells all have a number at the top right, usually a Roman numeral. If the number ends in a 1 or 6, such as 431 for the Flamingo or 311 for the American White Pelican, your print could be valued in the 100,000 to 200,000 range, since Havells ending in these digits are usually large birds or large full page compositions. The smallest images might sell for a few thousand, and midsized images in the tens of thousands. For a general guide the price lists at Audubonprices.com may be helpful.

Have Princetons been reviewed by professionals?

“True prints, true colors, incredible detail. Princetons are simply the finest Audubon facsimiles ever produced!” - William Steiner, Audubon print collector and author of Audubon Prints: A Collector’s Guide To Every Edition. "Of all the Audubon reproductions, Princetons come the closest in appearance and quality to the originals." Chris Lane, co-owner of Philadelphia Print Shop and guest appraiser on PBS Antiques Roadshow. Princeton Audubons stand above all other modern offset facsimile reproductions. The colors are bright, fresh and natural looking, and the amount of detail seen in the images is extraordinary. - Audubon expert Ron Flynn. "The brilliant art prints in this rare limited edition collection are artistic triumphs of exceptional quality and beauty" James Bell, past director New-York Historical Society, New York City. "With their astounding detail, definition, and color, the Princeton direct-camera facsimiles have long set the standard in Audubon Birds of America lithographs." Louise Mirrer, current Director, The New-York Historical Society. "The quality of the reproductions reflects precisely the extraordinary state of the art craftsmanship Princeton Polychrome Press has consistently engendered since its inception." Theodore S. Amussen, Former director of publications and editor-in-chief, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. (Editor's note: Princeton Polychrome Press is the predecessor to Princeton Audubon Limited) "The Princeton Collection represents a remarkable example of historic accuracy and beauty. No other modern Audubon edition gives collectors the quality and value of the Princeton edition. Audubon himself would no doubt be impressed by the superior workmanship in each print." - Glen Mullen, former Gallery Manager, Audubon House & Gallery, Key West, FL. "Selected brilliant engravings from the pages of Audubon's BIRDS OF AMERICA have been reproduced with artistic and technical precision by Princeton Polychrome Press. The Princeton Polychrome Press deserves our praise and congratulations for a job well done!" - James B. Bell, Past Director The New-York Historical Society "The Princeton Collection reproductions of Audubon's birds offer an incredible value. The quality of color, definition and paper are fantastic and far beyond expectations." Ben Frishman, Audubon print expert and owner of Rare-Prints Gallery, Austin, Texas, USA.

Audubon references

Audubon information you can use.

Print Identification and Authentication

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Audubon Octavo Print “States” Versus “Editions”, Plus Valuations, Collecting, and the Marketplace.

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A Brief Introduction to Audubon and the Original Editions

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Do You Really Own A 1st Edition Octavo Quad Print?

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