Jul 25, 2007 john james audubon is best known for the birds of america, a book of 435 images, portraits of every bird then known in the united states painted and reproduced in the size of life. A rare copy of audubons birds of america heads to auction. Page turning occurs once every four weeks on thursdays. By visiting the john james audubon center at mill grove one can see our museum collection of audubons birds of america. This first edition of birds of america by john james audubon, originally bought by the duke of portland some time after 1828, is expected to become the worlds most expensive book when it. Do not confuse this book with other books reproducing audubons birds. John james audubon 17851851 set out to paint every known to him north american bird in the earlynineteenth century. Bowen in 18401844 size is approximately 6 12 x 10 inches genuine audubon lithograph blue mountain warbler male pl. John james audubons birds of america is a portal into the natural world.
I just got through reading rhodes excellent biography john james audubon. Audubon originally published the book by subscription. He eventually stopped at 435 paintings after he exhausted his personal resources. April 26, 1785 january 27, 1851 was an american ornithologist, naturalist, and painter. The birds of america by john james audubon, abbeville abebooks. Oct 01, 2011 john james audubon was a naturalist and painter and is considered one of the greatest bird artists of all time. Printed between 1827 and 1838, it contains 435 lifesize watercolors of north.
The book, published by the natural history museum in london, contains 435 large hand coloured prints of engravings by john james audubon. Excellent art conservation services are provided for all types of two dimension artwork, include works on paper, canvas, and fine photography. The lifes work of both a lover and observer of birds and nature. Other digitized print materials prints by john james audubon. Transcribed from the original, an with a foreword and notes, by alice ford. Dec 12, 2010 an employee poses with a page depicting a snowy owl, from john james audubon s book birds of america during a photocall for the frederick, 2nd lord hesketh collection, at sothebys auctioneers. Book description the macmillan company, new york, 1985. The birds of america by john james audubon in pictures. Among the most significant american books of the 19th century, audubons the birds of america is extraordinary in several ways. John james audubon is best known for the birds of america, a book of 435 images, portraits of every bird then known in the united states painted and. Rare birds of america book by john james audubon sells for. Born in haiti in 1785, he spent much of his life travelling north america observing, catching and drawing birds and animals in remarkable detail.
As part of my research for the lost bird project, i was graciously given access. Jan 09, 2012 as the book was laid out and opened, i realized that i was not at all prepared for its profound beauty. Certainly the greatest of american bird books, and possibly one of the finest book productions in the world, audubons birds of america owes much to its authors determination to have his work reproduced by the best possible craftsmen, and to his insistence that his drawings be reproduced lifesize, as he had drawn them. Aug 28, 2019 john james audubon was an american ornithologist, naturalist and artist known for his studies and detailed illustrations of north american birds.
Jan 19, 2012 this first edition of birds of america by john james audubon, originally bought by the duke of portland some time after 1828, is expected to become the worlds most expensive book when it is. Audubon s birds of america coloring book by john james audubon and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at. Feb 8, 2017 john james audubon april 26, 1785 january 27, 1851 was an artist and naturalist who drew birds from life and created the mammoth book the birds of america. Dec 15, 2017 john james audubon dreamed of creating lifesized portraits of every species of bird in north america. The publishers of which i am aware include welcome rain, laurel glen, and wordsworth. Mar 04, 20 watch a behindthescenes look at one of the public library of cincinnati and hamilton countys rarest books, the famed birds of america by naturalist john james audubon. Johnson reprint corporation and theatrum orbis terrarum, 197172.
Printed between 1827 and 1838, it contains 435 lifesize watercolors of north american birds havell edition, all reproduced from handengraved plates, and is considered to be the archetype of wildlife illustration. Collecting the birds of america by audubon, john james. John james audubon jeanjacques audubon april 26, 1785 january 27, 1851 was a french american ornithologist, naturalist, and painter. John james audubon and the making of the birds of america william souder. Watch a behindthescenes look at one of the public library of cincinnati and hamilton countys rarest books, the famed birds of america by naturalist john james audubon. Birds of america is his seminal work, the one against which such contemporary bird artists as roger tory peterson and david sibley are measured. Each subscriber received five plates at a time as they were printed.
Oct 04, 2011 john james audubon 17851851 was for half a century north america s dominant nature artist, as well as the first in the region to conduct birdbanding experiments. Popular edition of john james audubons 1785 1851 illustrations of birds of america began painting in 1840. Iceland or jer falcon iceland or jer falcon, handcoloured engraving and aquatint by robert havell, jr. John james audubon 17851851 was not the first person to attempt to paint and describe all the birds of america alexander wilson has that distinction, but for half a century he was the young countrys dominant wildlife artist. The making of an american, which got me interested in obtaining a copy of birds of america.
John james audubon was an american ornithologist, naturalist and artist known for his studies and detailed illustrations of north american birds. The birds of america is a book by naturalist and painter john james audubon, containing illustrations of a wide variety of birds of the united states. Books by john james audubon author of birds of america. Nov 14, 2019 john james audubons the birds of america was immediately recognized as an extraordinary achievement and perhaps the greatest contribution ever made of art in the service of science. He was notable for his expansive studies to document all types of american birds and for his detailed illustrations that depicted the birds in their natural habitats. Library of congress rare book and special collections division. The portraits, when bound, became some of the biggest books ever madeand to read them, his.
Prints by john james audubon digitized materials rare book. Kennedys renderings of 36 of john james audubon s birds into audubon s birds of america coloring book make art accessible to anyone with a few bucks. One of the most valuable natural history books ever published, it shows birds in natural positions and in their native habitats. Worlds most expensive book, birds of america, set to. Birds of america by john james audubon, first edition.
John james audubon 1785 1851 was an ornithologist of the early 19th century responsible for creating the largest and most beautiful illustrated bird book. It was first published as a series in sections between 1827 and 1838, in edinburgh and london. Very rare 1839 1st edition copy of john james audubon s, a synopsis of the birds of america. John james audubon s paintings and descriptions of the birds of north america remain the gold standard against which all ornithological portraits are judged. The enormous 4 volume double elephant folio carefully and accurately documents more than 430 species of american birds in lifesize prints, making it an important work of natural history and scientific observation. Audubon deliberately grouped the birds in a nontaxonomic order, so each installment included a large bird, medium and small birds. Dec 08, 2010 the rare copy of john james audubons birds of america was bought by london dealer michael tollemache for. An early subscribers copy of john james audubons double elephant folio incomparably the most important and most beautiful colorplate book ever published. A copy of the worlds most expensive book, john james audubon s 19thcentury masterpiece birds of america, is set for auction later this month and is. John james audubon drawn from nature american masters. The colorer has two approaches to a finished product. His landmark work, birds of america 1838, consisted of 435 lifesize prints that were published in batches of five over the course of thirteen years.
John james audubon s ivorybilled woodpecker from his birds of america book. John james audubon dreamed of creating lifesized portraits of every species of bird in north america. The covers of the book have some wear and light soiling with a little bit of corner wear and edge wear. A double elephant folio is always on exhibit showcasing one bird each month. See more ideas about birds of america, birds and plates. Published by macmillan publishing company, incorporated, 1985. Worlds most expensive book, birds of america, set to fetch. The book has been rebacked at some point in the past, but it retains most of its original spine covering. An account of his journey to england and scotland to arrange the publication of the birds of america. First edition of the birds of america by john james audubon, done by the philadelphia firm of j. The portraits, when bound, became some of the biggest books. Highresolution images courtesy of the john james audubon center at mill grove, audubon, pa, and the montgomery county, pa, audubon collection. He was notable for his extensive studies documenting all types of american birds and for his detailed illustrations that depicted the birds in their natural habitats.1399 519 790 671 1170 18 198 1137 19 902 298 164 576 920 638 1585 1158 775 1397 154 99 948 1542 1405 106 1127 1081 844 335 1300 674 364 1417 1226 1139 1350