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Audubon prints for sale. Originals and limited edition world-class reproductions.

Welcome to Princeton Audubon Limited

The Internet is filled with Audubon type pictures of all sizes, prices, and quality. But when it comes to true Audubon fine art prints, note what these experts state regarding our premier offering in Gallery 1 - The Princeton Audubon Double Elephant Edition ...

“True prints, true colors, incredible detail. Princetons are simply the finest Audubon facsimiles ever made!”

- William Steiner, author of Audubon Prints: A Collector’s Guide To Every Edition.

“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 makes 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.

Why these reviews? We only offer world class Audubon art, having actually purchased the antique originals in order to accurately produce this award-winning edition. We made absolute copies of the actual originals, not copies of copies. This expensive and exacting process gives you a physical connection to Audubon’s actual great work. Read more ... Princeton Double Elephant prints in our Gallery 1 are therefore unique in all the world of Audubon re-creations. There are simply no other Audubon prints which can match the detail and color of a Princeton lithograph. Our Rare Prints Edition is also the finest and most accurate of all the modern giclee editions.

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.

Make your walls sing with life-size award-winning Audubon art prints from John James Audubon's Birds of America. Not mere reproductions, Princeton Audubon double elephant prints are the world's only direct camera first-generation lithographs of the actual antique originals. Actual originals were purchased and physically set as the center of our extraordinary re-creation process, giving your investment a physical connection to the actual Audubon originals. Major institutions add Princetons to their collections. Measuring more than two feet by three feet, these impressive, pencil-numbered limited edition images are printed with the finest inks on heavy sheets of acid-free paper which is stressed for 300 years and recommended by the Library of Congress for archives. Additionally, this exceptional paper is specially toned to match the average color of the antique originals. True fine art prints, Princetons in Gallery 1 set the standard in Audubon fine art. Sold unframed, professionally packaged and shipped.

“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

Princeton Double Elephant Audubon prints in Gallery 1 are said to be the finest Audubon prints ever accomplished. Here are some reviews and observations. Princeton Audubon direct camera lithographs are not posters, common reproductions or giclee ink jets which flood the Internet. Described as “remarkable examples of historic accuracy and beauty” their cost ranges from $250 to $1,800. We absolutely guarantee your complete satisfaction. Guarantee/Privacy/Contact.

Special offer on Audubon Princeton proof prints

As we near the end of our edition limit and clear out our archives, we have found two or three sheets of each Princeton image in Gallery 1 that served as proof prints. These were the final prints checked against the originals during press setup to ensure fidelity before authorization was given to run the entire edition. They do not have the Princeton seal, but we will pencil-number them 000/1500. These are Discounted and can be found in our Basement, Gallery 11. As an added incentive, after selecting a proof print you may add to your cart any single print from our Essex Edition and apply coupon code EssexFree and you will obtain it at no cost. So purchase a proof print and get an Essex Print for free. Not a bad deal!

Here is a beautiful example of these proof prints, The Brown Pelican.

We also offer spectacular Audubon fine art, such as the stunning reduced size Princeton Essex NYHS Edition prints and the exquisite Rare Prints Edition. You may also want to browse our “Basement“ for special offers and rare finds.

We sell Audubon originals including the Havell, Imperial Quadruped, and Octavo bird and Octavo quadruped editions. We especially recommend our pre-matted Audubon original Octavo birds and pre-matted Audubon original Octavo quadrupeds which are archivally matted with designer colors. These can be displayed as is or simply dropped into frames.

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 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.

“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.

John James Audubon was barely older than the young United States when he arrived and made it his home in 1803. It wasn't long afterward that he journeyed the length of this fresh wilderness, composing over 400 studies, dramatic images of the birds which so fascinated him. Eventually he would cross the Atlantic several times with his latest drawings, in order to have these birds of America engraved by Robert Havell of London into copper plates, then each copperplate was pressed onto about 200 sheets of Whatman paper, and finally all were published as The Birds of America. These precious originals were the prize of Kings and the mighty. Today, most are in the collections of museums. Many have reproduced these originals, usually by copying a small photograph or by sending a scan into a large inkjet printer. But Princeton Audubon, founded by a Master Printer and world renowned collector of Audubon originals, the late David Johnson, actually purchased the antique originals and physically utilized the originals themselves (direct-camera capture lithography) in reproducing our stunning collection of limited edition fine art prints. Princeton double elephants thus have a close connection to the originals which makes them unique and sought-after as true Audubon fine art.

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About Princeton Audubon

Princeton Audubon Limited was founded in 1985 by the late David Johnson, a collector of superb Audubon originals who also founded the days paramount printing company - Princeton Polychrome Press. This company, now sold, achieved an enviable nationwide reputation by reproducing fine art prints for the National Gallery of Art, National Portrait Gallery, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, and The Detroit Institute of Arts. The finest reproductions of Picasso and Andrew Wythe that you occasionally see on the market today were produced by Princeton.

At the zenith of Dave Johnson’s career and using exceptional artistic resources, David Johnson re-created the actual originals from his world renowned personal collection. Using the direct-camera technique that he pioneered, along with oversized Kodak film with its infinite retention of detail, he produced these award winning one-of-a-kind re-creations.

Many who consider purchasing our prints call and ask how Princetons compare with the Amsterdam and Abbeville editions. We actually bid on the printing of the Amsterdam Edition. (If we had won, it would be called The Princeton Edition) The publisher was The Johnson Reprint Company which was a division of Harcourt Brace, for whom we did much printing. We were given the opportunity to examine the 8 x 10 transparencies from which the Edition was to be printed, and they were not very good and would require much expense in color correction, and this was reflected in our bid which was higher than the bid from the company that eventually did the printing.

As expected, the poor quality of the transparencies was reflected in the resulting prints. The Amsterdam Edition, said to be only 250, is good but lacks detail since the 8 x 10 images were enlarged. Any enlargements or reductions result in a loss of detail.

Princetons, however, were directly produced from the original Audubon/Havell antique engravings, not from 8 x 10 transparencies. Instead of working from a small photograph we purchased the actual originals (from Sotheby's or other auction houses) and brought them into our own printing plant. These originals themselves were then carefully mounted before a giant wall-mounted bellows process camera, with film the same size as the print. Thus the exact image was captured on the same size film, and the large, exact image could then be transferred to mechanical printing plates, without any loss of detail.

Abbeville prints were also produced from 8 x 10 transparencies but generally are a step above Amsterdams in quality. Neither the Amsterdam nor Abbeville printing matches the quality and detail of the direct camera process. Modern ink jet editions, or giclees, depend upon the image entered into the computer. They can be very good or over saturated with ink, but they generally do not match the sharpness and definition of detail that you see in Princetons. One exception to this is The Rare Prints Edition which we sell on our website along with our own Princetons and originals. The printing of the Princeton Edition actually began as a test of the craftsmanship of our employees. Dave Johnson, on a trip to New York, saw an Amsterdam Print for sale in a gallery and said “We can do better than that.” So he printed one image, saw the results, and decided to produce our edition.

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. 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.

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