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J.J. Audubon

John James Audubon (1785-1851)

Audubon was born in Haiti, the illegitimate son of a successful merchant, planter, and slave dealer. He was taken to France at the age of four and educated among the well-to-do. At 15 he was drawing French birds, and at 17 studied drawing with the famous Neo-classical artist, Jacques Louis David, in Paris. In 1803, Audubon was in Pennsylvania managing his father's estate where he began his ventures into ornithology. In 1820, he made his goal the publication of an anthology of life drawings. He traveled the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers and the Great Lakes, exploring for birds. Unable to find a publisher in America he traveled to London in 1826-27 where William Lizars and Robert Havell, Jr. were his engravers. In 1831, Audubon returned to the United States. In 1843, Audubon took the steamer, Omega, from St. Louis up the Missouri River to Fort Union and then overland to the Yellowstone River, making stops in Nebraska in May of 1843 and again in October on his return trip downstream. Along the way, he saw birds and animals where Catlin had seen Indians. Audubon had already become well known for his Birds of America when he came to Nebraska on this 1843 trip. His new dream, though, was to do a series on American mammals. The purpose of the trip was to gather specimens for painting but his journals do not specifically record any subjects he saw in Nebraska except for once mentioning his amazement at a jack rabbit. He returned to St. Louis in Indian hunting dress with live deer, badgers, and foxes. He completed the Quadrupeds of North America in 1845 with the help of his sons, John W. and Victor.

The original hand-coloured lithographs in Darvill's collection are from the
first edition of The Birds of America by John James Audubon.

The lithographs of this first royal octavo edition were lithographed by the Philadelphia firm of J.T. Bowen in 1840-1844
The outlines were hand printed from a lithographic stone and each print was hand coloured. It is the only octavo edition in which prints were prepared under the direct supervision of John James Audubon.

Size is approximately 6 1/2 x 10 inches.
Any lithographs from a later octavo edition will be noted in the description.

These genuine Audubon lithographs are accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity as well as
any original text pages (or facsimilies thereof) whenever available.

Click here for an entire index of plates from Audubon's The Birds of America

Californian Turkey Vulture
Californian Turkey Vulture
Pl. 1

$325

Red-headed Turkey Vulture
Red-headed Turkey Vulture
Pl. 2

$225

Black Vulture or Carrion Crow
Black Vulture or Carrion Crow
Pl. 3

$250

Caracara Eagle
Caracara Eagle
Pl. 4

$325

Harris's Buzzard (Hawk)
Harris's Buzzard (Hawk)
Pl. 5



Common Buzzard (Hawk)
Common Buzzard (Hawk)
Pl. 6

$350

Red-tailed Buzzard (Hawk)
Red-tailed Buzzard (Hawk)
Pl. 7

$375


Harlan's Buzzard (Hawk)
Harlan's Buzzard (Hawk)
Pl. 8

Red-shouldered Buzzard (Hawk)
Red-shouldered Buzzard
(Red-shouldered Hawk)

Pl. 9

$375


Broad-winged Buzzard
Broad-winged Buzzard
(Broad-winged Hawk)
Pl. 10

$375


Rough-legged Buzzard
Rough-legged Buzzard
(Hawk)

Pl. 11

$375


Golden Eagle
Golden Eagle
Pl. 12

[1870 Lockwood edition]

$285


White-headed Sea Eagle or Bald Eagle

White-headed Sea Eagle
or Bald Eagle

Pl. 14

[FIRST EDITION, 1840-1844]

$1585


White-headed Sea Eagle or Bald Eagle

White-headed Sea Eagle
or Bald Eagle

Pl. 14

[1870 LOCKWOOD EDITION]

$875


Black-shouldered Hawk
Black-shouldered Hawk
(Elanus)

Pl. 16

$200


Mississippi Kite
Mississippi Kite
Pl. 17

$200


Swallow-tailed Hawk
Swallow-tailed Hawk
Pl. 18

$750


Iceland or Gyr Falcon

Iceland or Gyr Falcon
Pl. 19

[1840-44 FIRST EDITION]

$1150


Iceland or Gyr Falcon

Iceland or Gyr Falcon
Pl. 19

[1870 LOCKWOOD EDITION]

$525


Peregrine Falcon

Peregrine Falcon
Pl. 20

$575

Pigeon Falcon

Pigeon Falcon
[Pigeon Hawk]

Pl. 21

$325


Sparrow Hawk

Sparrow Falcon
[Sparrow Hawk]

Pl. 22

$675

Goshawk
Goshawk
Pl. 23

$270



Cooper's Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Pl. 24

$325



Sharp-shinned Hawk  Pl. 25

Sharp-shinned Hawk
Pl. 25

$225

Common Harrier
Common Harrier
Pl. 26

$325



Hawk Owl
Hawk Owl
Pl. 27

$200



Snowy Owl

Snowy Owl
Pl. 28

[1870 LOCKWOOD EDITION]

$875

Passerine Day-Owl
Passerine Day-Owl
Pl. 29

$250



Columbian Day-Owl
Columbian Day-Owl
Pl. 30

$225


Burrowing Day-Owl
Burrowing Day-Owl
Pl. 31

$300


Tengmalm's Night -Owl
Tengmalm's Night -Owl
Pl. 32

$300


Little or Acadian Owl
Little or Acadian Owl
Pl. 33

$325


Barn Owl

Barn Owl
Pl. 34

[1870 LOCKWOOD EDITION]

$625

Great Cinereous Owl
Great Cinereous Owl
[Great Gray Owl]
Pl. 35 (matted)

$1250


Barred Owl
Pl. 36

Long-eared Owl
Long-eared Owl
Pl. 37

$325


Short-eared Owl
Short-eared Owl
Pl. 38

$275



Great Horned Owl

Great Horned Owl
Pl. 39

[1870 LOCKWOOD EDITION]

Little Screech Owl
Pl. 40

Chuck-will's Widow, plate 41
Chuck-will's Widow
(Harlequin Snake)

Pl. 41

$475


Whip-poor-will plate 42

Whip-poor-will
Pl. 42

$775


Night Hawk, Plate 43

Night Hawk
Pl. 43

$750

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