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 Original Audubon Havell Ivory-billed Woodpecker. 908.510.1621

Not eBay, not Internet art mills. We are John James Audubon fine art.

Audubon Original Prints & Audubon Fine Art Prints.

Thank you for your visit. We offer our clients Audubon original prints and world-class Audubon fine art produced directly from the originals. This composition by John James Audubon is from The Princeton Audubon Double Elephant Edition, the world’s only direct camera edition from Audubon’s actual originals.

Pileated Woodpecker

Gallery 1: William Steiner, Audubon collector and author of Audubon Prints: A Collector’s Guide To Every Edition, states “True prints, true colors, incredible detail! Princetons are simply the finest Audubon prints ever produced!”Chris Lane, Philadelphia Print Shop West, and appraiser on Antiques Roadshow, “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."

How to use a discount code for $400 off selected Gallery 1 prints!

Make your selections and click Checkout. Then enter discount code Princeton400 in the discount box and click apply. You will receive the discount for the following Gallery 1 prints: American Flamingo, Purple Heron, Brown Pelican, White Pelican, Carolina Parrot, Red-shouldered Hawk, Snowy Owl, Pileated Woodpecker, Wood Duck, Blue Crane, Carolina Turtledove, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Pinnated Grous. Thank you for over 30 years of Audubon collecting!

Historical note: Since Audubon portrayed each bird life size, the larger birds often had to be drawn in feeding positions to later fit on the largest copper engraving plates then available, approximately 27 x 39 inches. Note the positions of the Great Blue Heron and the Hooping Crane below.

Pigeons are beautiful too!

"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.

Purchase a Pigeon

Thank you for visiting Princeton Audubon Prints.

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 the originals, and not simply copies of originals.

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. 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.

“...simply the finest Audubon prints ever produced!”

Detail is the difference! Princetons are the world’s only direct camera double elephants. We didn’t copy copies, we purchased and reproduced the actual originals! “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.

Purple Heron or Reddish Egret

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. (Above right) 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.

Feather your nest!

We also offer the finest of today’s giclee editions - The Rare Prints Edition. This is a growing collection produced to unusually exacting standards, and is the only giclee edition we agree to sell along with our own double elephant edition.

Rare Prints Gyrfalcon

Turns out, you CAN get two in the bush! Here is a special offer.

John James Audubon’s Long-billed Curlew. Only three of Audubon's 435 illustrations include recognizable civilization. The amazing Long-billed Curlew, shown here on Hog Island or Sullivan Island, includes the view of Charleston’s harbor in South Carolina. Castle Pinckney is in mid-harbor. The detail on this Princeton Audubon Fine Art Edition, a giclee Edition, is incredible. Even the rigging on the sailing ships in the background and individual stones in the castle walls are visible. For a limited time, you may purchase this beautiful Curlew at its introductory price of $750 and add any print from Gallery 1 at 50% off. The shopping cart will make the deduction automatically.

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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A Brief Introduction to Audubon and the Original Editions

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