Birds of america was sold by subscription, and was issued in 87 parts, each containing five approximately 27 x 40 plates per part before being trimmed for binding. The manuscript was compiled by several artists circa 1500 ce and. The charm of the composition also affects value and the attitude of the animals. What happened was that his fame, of course, rests on the birds of america, which was published in england between 1827 and 1838. The california condor is one of north america s most endangered birds.
I have an audobon birds of america fifty selections with commentaries by roger tory peterson all 50 prints are within box book the macmillan company, no date on prints nor box book. Find great deals on ebay for birds of america audubon and audubon birds of america book. Very rare 1839 1st edition copy of john james audubons, a synopsis of the birds of america. We stock antique prints for all tastes and budgets with great bargains.
The birds of america is one of the best known natural history books ever. As part of my research for the lost bird project, i was graciously given access to the audubon double folio housed in the rare books library at cornell university. All are guaranteed authentic original antique prints. The stories here are not big or grand or epic, but work simply as little oneact plays, exposing the inherent complexities and dramas in the everyday lives we all lead. The birds of america, from drawings made in the united states and. A rare copy of audubons birds of america heads to auction. Birds of america is also very likely the worlds most expensive wall covering.
This large hardbound book is filled with beautiful color reproductions of audubons bird paintings. The daughters of william mccullough darlington and mary carson darlington, of pittsburgh, pennsylvania, donated their family library to the university of pittsburgh in 1918 and 1925 as a memorial to their father. Aside from being famous in the rare book world, birds of america has also. I was not sure what to expect for the price, as its a 500 page book and i. Do not confuse this book with other books reproducing audubons birds of america with the same or similar title. You should only buy reproductions for their decorative value. Auction values tend to be at about 50% of moderate retail, so it is a book with value. But the name audubon will ever conjure up images of the double elephant folio. I am pleased to offer my very large collectioninventory of prints, bookplates, bird prints, or ornithological prints of done by john james audubon for his work, birds of america. Buy the birds of america complete ed of audubons classic work by john james audubon isbn.
These different states occur most often in the quadrupeds of north america octavo editions, and the early birds of america havell edition. Birds of america is the story of peter levi, an innocent abroad, who is ms. Uncommonly good collectible and rare books from uncommonly good booksellers. No matter what youre looking for or where you are in the world, our global marketplace of sellers can help you find unique and affordable options. If john james audubon were alive today, write this books authors, hed be using a digital camera, a large telephoto lens, and photoshop to create bird images.
I checked out this book from my library, hoping it had the full collection of birds from audubons birds of america, but alas the copy by library had only featured 30 color prints from the original book, with a catalog of the remaining 470 prints printed in blackandwhite thumbnails in the back of the book. While there are a handful of books in the world that may be worth more, until 20 birds of america held the record for the most money paid at auction for any single printed work. Dec 15, 2017 the book so big it needed its own furniture. Garden city publishing company inc 1936 2nd printing very good some edgewear tand light soil to greeen cloth, photographs and drawings of all kinds of birds. Book rebinding is the renewal or replacement of the cover of a book. Is this book rare, birds of america published in 1936. Customize your audubon print with hundreds of different frames and mats, if desired. I have an audubon birds of america fifty selections with. Great blue heron, american flamingo, and wild turkey are three of the most valuable prints of the birds of america. Bowen was the lithographer, but about 17 of the plates in volume one were lithographed by nagel and weingaertner of new york. The winning bid was a record auction price for a printed book and was placed by londonbased art dealer. The book is a sort of shambling explication of ideas supported by not so much a plot as a series of set pieces. A copy of the worlds most expensive book, john james audubons 19thcentury masterpiece birds of america, is set for auction later this month and is. The later lithographed octavo editions of the birds of america and the viviparous quadrupeds of north america are considerable triumphs in their own right.
It said the price, paid by a buyer who wished to remain anonymous, was the second highest sum paid for the book at auction. Generally, each part contained on e large bird image, one medium sized bird image, and 3 smaller bird or songbird images. Collecting the birds of america by audubon, john james. Gilbert pearson 1936, hardcover at the best online prices at ebay. Birds of america john james audubon bauman rare books. A large heavy book, the birds of american, by john james audubon with an introduction and description text by william vogt, published by the macmillan company, 1937book is packed full of.
The covers of the book have some wear and light soiling with a little bit of corner wear and edge wear. Each book is available as a printed softcover book that ships to anywhere in the world, or as an internet adobe pdf download. The book has been rebacked at some point in the past, but it retains most of its original spine covering. I have removed or cut these prints from the books in which they were published. Audubon bien edition prints this gallery consists of prints from the birds of north america bien edition. From the original double elephant folio by john james audubon. All posters and custom framing satisfaction guaranteed, fast delivery. Audubon quadruped octavo prints this gallery consists of octavo prints from audubons quadrupeds of north america. Subsequent editions were issued at a more affordable price in multivolume octavo editions. Get cozy and expand your home library with a large online selection of books at.
But, there is the excellent peterson field guide to birds of northern central america. Its value to science and especially to ornithology cannot be. Audubon originals tips of the trade antiques roadshow. Written by naturalist john james audubon, the birds of america is one of the most prized and collected books of all time. Get the best deals on audubon birds of america when you shop the largest online selection at. Published 18271838, its considered one of the great natural history books in status, size and value. From the 1971 harper brace jovanovic edition of birds of america by mary mccarthy. John james audubon the birds of america 21st century edition. Larger birds tend to bring higher prices than the smaller songbirds. Typically, this requires restitching or renewal of the glue which holds the pages in place.
Birds of america is a story collection by one of the most talented but minimal writers around, lorrie moore. Well known to book collectors and booklovers, our site is an excellent resource for discovering a rough value of an old book. The publishers of which i am aware include welcome rain, laurel glen, and wordsworth. Audubon prints birds of america havell edition prints. The bald eagle is the national bird of the united states. Its not hard to imagine why a group of teenagers might attempt to steal john james audubons book the birds of america, a true story told in the film american animals. It was first published as a series in sections between 1827 and 1838, in edinburgh and london. All prints listed are for sale and available for immediate purchase, or contact us if you would like additional information or pictures. Top quality and great value antique prints combine with fast delivery for top customer satisfaction. Original vintage 1937 john james audubon birds of america. Birds of america by gilbert pearson, first edition abebooks. It includes species from all 50 states, the district of columbia, and all u. This gallery consists of octavo prints from the second through seventh edition of audubons birds of america. We suspect that this famed naturalist would also be seen toting a copy of the stokes field guide to the birds of north america.
Please enjoy browsing through our audubon octavo print galleries. A rare copy of audubons birds of america heads to auction to. My images of audubon is a very popular cdrom that contains all 500 images of the audubon 1st octavo edition of birds of america, along with audubons original text for each bird. For a skinner rare book were looking for books that have a higher minimum auction value, so this book wouldnt be appropriate for auction, but it is a really nice book nonetheless.
Willow grouse or large ptarmigan now willow ptarmigan. Audubons birds of america coloring book by john james audubon and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at. Birds of america, garden city publishing company inc abebooks. The book was published in several editions between 1997 and 2000. However, some of the smaller birds can also bring high prices at auction, including the carolina parrot, robin, mockingbird, and ruffnecked hummingbird. Audubons birds of america by peterson, roger tory and. Guide to collecting john james audubon prints skinner inc.
Worlds most expensive book, birds of america, set to fetch. May contain limited notes, underlining or highlighting that does affect the text. If you intend to bring your guide along while backpacking or hiking, youll be happier with a small, lightweight guide that covers just the birds youre most likely to. Spine creases, wear to binding and pages from reading. The birds of america is a book by naturalist and painter john james audubon, containing illustrations of a wide variety of birds of the. Payment can be made by paypal, visa, mastercard, discover, american express or personal check. The birds of america by john james audubon, macmillan, 1942. Etsy is the home to thousands of handmade, vintage, and oneofakind products and gifts related to your search. Gilbert, editor and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at.
Collectors of antique books such as incunabula would often have them rebound. Shop for audubon art prints from our community of independent artists and iconic brands. Panteek antique prints grew from a love of the art and history of the antique print. Oct 01, 2011 birds of america is one of the best known natural history books ever produced and also one of the most valuable a complete set sold at auction in december 2010 for. The birds of american animals natural history museum. Find audubons birds of america by peterson, roger tory and peterson, virginia marie at biblio. Audubon print prices, audubon price guides, and price. Collecting the birds of america by audubon, john james first. A large heavy book, the birds of american, by john james audubon with an introduction and description text by william vogt, published by the macmillan company, 1937 book is packed full of.
The following timeline is an excerpt from bill steiners book audubon art prints a collectors guide to every edition, published in the autumn of 2003 by the university of south carolina press. In the fall of 1964, he arrives in france to do his junior year at the sorbonne after spending a bizarre holiday in new england with his enchanting mother. The birds of america from drawings made in the united states and their territories. This list of birds of the united states is a comprehensive listing of all the bird species confirmed in the united states as of july, 2019. The introduction offers information about using the book an explanation of how birds are grouped a discussion of migratory ranges tips on identification a diagram. In 1827, lady isabella hertford cut up her copy of the mammoth 39.
Also called rothschild hours, the rothschild prayer book is a flemish illuminated manuscript book of hours a popular type of christian book complete with prayers and psalms. Mar, 2001 the book was published in several editions between 1997 and 2000. Audubon originals tips of the trade antiques roadshow pbs. The digitization of audubons birds of america in 2006, the uls embarked upon an ambitious project to digitize mr. The subject matter of an audubon print also helps determine the value. Antique botanical prints, rare antique prints from panteek. Birds of america by mary mccarthy 1971 literaryladiesguide. Worlds most expensive book, birds of america, set to. Vintage large 15 by 11 inch size audubon bird book plate print 264 and 265 paper ephemera wall art collectible fine condition bright colors find any poster, art print, framed art or original art at great prices.314 1458 411 1012 214 291 795 972 1475 119 1207 1261 1360 1005 499 1601 1567 189 501 73 529 153 652 886 1132 1024 1168 1287 894 1617 995 168 1374 755 308 397 1237 158 321 1242 706 292 210