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John James Audubon's Birds of America

Unframed Audubon prints. Originals and world-class fine art.

Home of Princeton double elephants - the world’s only direct camera Audubon prints, "simply the finest ever made,"

Audubon Prints: Fine art reproductions

The Princeton Audubon Double Elephant Edition

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!” Princetons are the world’s only direct camera Audubon fine art prints. We purchased the actual originals and physically used them to produce this edition. 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.

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. 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.

Princeton Audubon Edition specifications. 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.

The Rare Prints Double Elephant Edition

The absolute finest of today’s giclee or archival pigment prints. Editions of 500 and 1500. These archival pigment prints are precise in their fidelity to the originals and can be displayed together with the Princeton Edition above. Of the many giclee editions, this high-quality Edition is the only one we agree to sell. This collection includes the finest edition of The Great Blue Heron money can buy.

Princeton Audubon Fine Art Edition

Precision double elephant giclees or archival pigment prints produced from our own direct camera films and originals. Newly introduced, several of these limited editions of 200 or 500 prints worldwide are offered at the introductory price of $650. This collection includes The Ivory-billed Woodpecker and The Long-billed Curlew,

The Princeton Essex New-York Historical Society Edition

Reduced size lithographs produced by permission of The New-York Historical Society. These four prints are unique in their quality, paper, and size. 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." This collection includes The Great Blue Heron, The Louisiana Heron, The Roseate Spoonbill, and The Hooping Crane.

The Princeton Audubon Baby Elephant Edition

Reduced size giclees produced from our direct camera films. Excellent color and detail.

Princeton Imperial reproductions

Direct camera fine art prints of Audubon’s popular quadrupeds. Princeton was the first company to reproduce these beautiful mammals. Measuring 21 x 28 inches, these are beautifully printed on archival Somerset paper imported from England.

Original Audubon Prints

Original Audubon Havell Edition

(1827-1838) This is the most desirable of all original Audubon editions. These are large prints measuring about 27 x 39 inches and all the birds in the foreground are life size. Included are the impossible to find Ivory-billed Woodpecker, the Orchard Oriole, and the exquisite Sea-side Finch. We invite you to make an offer on these Audubon originals.

Original Audubon Imperial Quadrupeds

Yes, Audubon is not just birds. This incredibly detailed work is officially termed The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America. These mammals of North America were published in three volumes, dating 1845, 1846, and 1848. Somewhat more that 303 Imperial sets were printed. These are rare and very valuable today. These lithographs were printed on paper sized at 22 x 28 inches, termed Imperials. These prints are identified by the legend at the lower right "Lith. Printed & Cold. by J.T. Bowen, Phila." We have a large collection of these rare prints. Coming soon – a large collection of uncolored Imperials, believed to be the last to come out of Bowen’s Philadelphia print shop.

Original Audubon Octavo Editions – birds

These were produced between 1840 and 1871. This work is often termed The Royal Octavo Edition, the octavo referring to the size of the paper being about 1/8 the size of a normal folio, or about 6 1/2 x 10 1/2inches. Audubon himself called it "The Birds in Miniature" and you will also hear it simply being termed the 'miniatures'. It was produced in Philadelphia, USA, by John T. Bowen. We offer many such originals already professionally matted and mounted on a display board. These can be displayed as is (the perfect gift) or simply dropped into a frame.

Original Audubon Octavo Editions – quadrupeds

Audubon's sons saw the need to reduce the size of the Imperials, and beginning in 1849, the octavo edition of The Quadrupeds of North America was published in three volumes. Volume 1 was followed in 1851 with the second volume, and the final, the third volume was published in 1854. Between 1,999 and 2,004 sets were published in this first edition. A second edition was published in 1852-54, a third in 1856-60, and a fourth in 1870. The size for these editions was about 6 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches. Many of these are also offered already matted and mounted on an archival backer board.

The Chiswick Collection. Five Audubon original octavo quadrupeds framed to archival standards from a California collector. This collection consists of The Common American Skunk, The Red-bellied Squirrel, The American Beaver, The Grey Fox, and The Common American Wildcat. These are beautifully framed and can be sold as a set if you wish at a discount.

The Lord-Hopkins Collection. Discovered in 1923 and privately maintained until 2019, these are the last known prints to come from Bowen’s shop in Philadelphia. Some have the penciled in Instructions of Victor Audubon.

Original Audubon Bien Edition

The rarest of all Audubon originals. In 1858, about seven years after John James Audubon passed away, his younger son John Woodhouse Audubon initiated an ambitious project to reissue the Birds of America. He recruited the Roe Lockwood Company in New York city to publish the works and Julius Bien for lithography. Unlike the Havells which were produced from copper engraving plates, Julius Bien utilized the newly emerging chromolithography process as a way of reducing the costs of production. Chromolithography utilized different sets of printing stones to produce a given plate, some with different colors to produce the final colored image. All the larger images as well as some smaller images carry the credit "Chromolithy by J. Bien, New York, 1860".

The Lord-Hopkins Collection - Octavo Quadruped pattern prints

The most exciting Audubon find in a generation, this is a collection of pattern prints, or touchstone prints, that were used by the Audubon family and their engraver, J. T. Bowen, as a guide for his colorists when producing the Octavo quadrupeds. Usually seen only in museums, these are the last known prints to come from Bowen’s shop, some with penciled instructions from Victor Audubon! These were discovered in 1923 and are only now being offered to collectors, and only from this website. Very reasonably priced, you may want to purchase two of the same image where available. Purchasing two or more? Add selections to your cart, click Checkout, and apply coupon code Lord-Hopkins-Octavos for a 20% discount. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany each historic print. These of course are more than actual originals. They are part of Audubon history.

The Lord-Hopkins Collection - Octavo bird test sheets - uncolored

Now available - lord-Hopkins Collection - Octavo bird test sheets -uncolored

The Lord-Hopkins Collection - Imperial Quadruped test sheets - uncolored

This collection is composed of Imperial pattern prints and uncolored Imperials, just as they were pulled off of the stones. We believe the colored prints were used as pattern prints, as they were found bundled with the Octavo pattern prints and are well worn, as one would expect from such reference prints. These are reasonably priced and in some cases we have the resulting colored original in our Imperial quadruped gallery. Purchasing two or more? Add selections to your cart, click Checkout, and apply coupon code Lord-Hopkins-Imperials for a 20% discount. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany each historic print. These of course are more than actual originals. They are part of Audubon history.

The Lingenfelder Collection

Actual original Audubon Octavos, birds and quadrupeds, already professionally matted. We recommend displaying as is, although you may simply drop into a frame of your choice. Most birds are from the beautiful second edition produced by Audubons family in 1856. For this collection only, select two or more, click Checkout, and apply coupon code Heritage for a 20% discount!

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

Reproduced by permission of the author - Ron Flynn A Brief Introduction to Audubon and the Original Editionsby Ron Flynn...

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

Reproduced by permission of the author - Ron Flynn Do You Really Own A 1st Edition Octavo Quad Print?by Ron...