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Edward Ziegele

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

Reproduced by permission of the author - Ron Flynn Audubon Octavo Print “States” Versus “Editions”, Plus Valuations, Collecting, and the Marketplace.by Ron Flynn There seems to be some confusion about the differences between “States” and “Editions” of antique Audubon prints. In putting together this article, I have edited and compiled certain posts from the Yahoo Audubonprints email discussion Group covering these topics. I have supplemented this information, and expanded this article to include information that pertains to valuations, collecting, and the marketplace, as they affect print "state" and "editions". EDITIONS –The American Historical Print Collectors Society (AHPCS) definition of “edition”...

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Edward Ziegele

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 John James Audubon (1785-1851) was born in San Domingo, Haiti, the son of a French naval captain and a French servant girl. Audubon's real mother died shortly after his birth. Capt. Audubon and his legal wife sent young Audubon to France where he was raised.In order to avoid conscription by Napoleon when Audubon was a young man, J.J. Audubon was dispatched to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to oversee land owned by his father. There he met and married Lucy Bakewell, who’s lifelong...

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Edward Ziegele

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 Flynn Are you certain that your 1st edition Audubon octavo quadruped print is really 1st edition? For years dealers have been selling 1st edition octavo quad prints at a hefty premium over later edition prints. When it comes to collecting, most buyers prefer 1st edition items, and are willing to pay a premium for them. But, are ALL the Audubon octavo quad prints sold as 1st edition, really 1st edition?What happens when the time comes to sell your 1st edition...

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Edward Ziegele

A Bien Reissue?

Reproduced by permission of the author - Ron Flynn A Bien Edition Reissue?By Ron FlynnFor many years, the question of whether there was a reissue of the Audubon Bien Edition has gone unanswered. No record or documentation of such has been found, and nothing definitive has been written on the subject. Yet, based solely on the appearance and quality of prints found in the marketplace today, dealers and authors have freely debated the subject from time to time. Perhaps as many say there was, as say there was not a reissue.We know that production of the Bien Edition ceased in...

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