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15% off Rare Prints Edition. Use code Rare15. 908.510.1621

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

Princeton Audubon Double Elephant Edition, Double elephant (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 statuesque American White Pelican (above center) is an edition of only 500 and is one of the finest Audubon re-creations ever produced. One Audubon collector and author who owns an original White Pelican, displays ours instead. Such is the quality of a Princeton print. Numbers 101 through 500 are already sold. Now we are counting back from 100 and as of this writing we are at 16/500. Current buyers, therefore, acquire a print with a lower number.

John James Audubon’s Birds of America & Quadrupeds

Featuring Audubon originals & the world’s only direct camera life-size Audubon prints.

Just acquired: Framed Original Audubon Octavo Wildcat. Click here.

Is nature ending? Extinction has already claimed many of the birds composed by Audubon, such as the exquisite Carolina Parrot. Welcome home to Princeton Audubon Prints where you can invest in the past. Audubon prints are spectacular moments of calmer times. 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 had earlier been composed during his several journeys throughout the young United States. We purchased these actual original engravings and physically copied them in order to accurately produce the Princeton Audubon Double Elephant Edition - The world’s only direct camera Audubon Birds of America edition.

The professional reviews below refer to our premier fine art edition in Gallery 1.

“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, Director, The New-York Historical Society.

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

"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.

"Of all the Audubon reproductions, Princetons come the closest in appearance and quality to the originals."- Chris Lane, owner of Philadelphia Print Shop West and frequent 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 print expert Ron Flynn.

Princeton Audubon Double Elephant Edition, Double elephant (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.

An early observation ...

"Today I saw the swiftest skater I ever beheld; backwards and forwards he went like the wind, even leaping over large air-holes fifteen or more feet across, and continuing to skate without an instant's delay. I was told he was a young Frenchman, and this evening I met him at a ball, where I found his dancing exceeded his skating; all the ladies wished him as a partner; moreover, a handsomer man I never saw, his eyes alone command attention; his name, Audubon, is strange to me.“ - David Pawling, Mill Grove PA., January 1805, on 19 year old John James Audubon.

Did you know ...?

All birds in the foreground of Audubon’s double elephant compositions are always life size, exactly as they are seen in nature, to which he adds, "Merely to say, that each of my illustrations is of the size of nature, were too vague ... Not only is every object, as a whole, of the natural size, but also every portion of each object. The compass aided me in its delineation, regulated and corrected each part, ... The bill, the feet, the legs, the claws, the very feathers as they project one beyond another, have been accurately measured." John James Audubon. Ornithological Biography, Volume 1. Larger birds were often presented in feeding positions in order to fit within the paper. Interestingly, the unique plate number (from 1 to 435) appearing at the top right 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.