Details: From Birds of America, which is the largest and most valuable color plate book ever published in America, and the rarest of all Audubon folios. Also of double-elephant dimensions (27 x 40 inches), this limited printed edition represents one of the finest examples of early large-scale color printing. Printed in Amsterdam by Nico Israel. The new technique of chromolithography was perceived as an advancement in print-making technology that promised to achieve effects entirely different from engraving. Audubon print titled "Canvas backed Duck" surmounting "Fuligula Vallisneria. Steph", "1.2. Male 3. Female", "View of Baltimore". It is marked on the right top "Plate CCCI." and "No. 61" on the top left. Across the bottom is written "Drawn from nature by J.J. Audubon FRS FLS." to the left and "Engraved, Printed and Coloured by R. Havell 1836"on the right hand side. A fine facsimile of a limited print of 250 from the greatest bird book ever printed, the Havell edition of John James Audubon's well-loved "Birds of America first published in England 1827-1838." Handsomely and professionally framed and matted to museum standards in wood with gold interior and covered in plexiglass by Galerie du Monde in Hong Kong. Also available is the "Mallard Duck"- please see our store for details.
In 1971-72 the Johnson Reprint Company of New York City published a full-size reproduction series of the complete Audubon-Havell elephant folio in Amsterdam, Holland, priced at $5,500 for the complete edition. It was limited to 250 sets and in the trade is known as The Amsterdam Prints. They were all sold to collectors and dealers over a period of a few years. Many of these prints are now "sold out" by dealers in Europe and the United States and those remaining are selling for $400 to more than $4,000 each. The sheets are all watermarked "G. Schut & Zonen R Audubon" along one edge, and have a false plate mark impression.
Dimensions: Frame= 48.5"w x 1"d x 37"h Art= 36.5"w x 25"h (23 lbs 10 oz)
A Bit About The Artist: John James Audubon (1785–1851), is renowned for his extraordinary undertaking to record the birds of America. The images he created are icons of 19th-century art. Having studied and drawn birds since childhood, in 1819, Audubon followed his passion and fully embraced the life of an artist-naturalist, embarking on a mission to create the Birds of America. He explored the American backwoods and wilderness to discover, record, and illustrate its avian life. It was not until he reached the shores of Great Britain with a portfolio laden with his bird portraits that Audubon found an engraver who could produce his great work in the size of life, as he desired. Together with London engraver, Robert Havell, J. J. Audubon and his family created the lavish double-elephant-size Havell edition of aquatint engravings of The Birds of America, published 1827–38.
Condition: Print, frame and matting in excellent condition with no fading or age spots. Small tears in the dust cover on the back.