1840 Audubon Birds Of America litho: PIGEON FALCON

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  • Sold Date: Oct 31, 2009
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Image Name PIGEON FALCON. Plate # 21. Author/Artist John James Audubon: The Birds Of America. Date of Publication Published by J.J. Audubon, New York, 1840. Lithography by J.T. Bowen. Type of Print Original hand colored lithograph. Size of Image

Royal octavo size: App. 6 7/8" X 10 1/2".

Condition In overall very good to excellent condition. Remnant of previous binding on edge of sheet.
Description

We are pleased to offer this beautifully original hand colored lithograph by John James Audubon (1785-1851), from his monumental first edition octavo edition of The Birds Of America.

Audubon was born in Haiti and upon his arrival in America, he began his ascendancy into recording natural history in North America. He completed this massive work, covering 500 hand colored plates all set in their natural surroundings, in just over four years. He originally sold the individual plates in 100 sets of five wrapped plates. Upon purchasing the one hundred sets of five plates, the subscriber then had the plates bound into a binding of his or her choosing. Only 1200 seven volume sets were published in the first edition.

The first edition plates are easily distinguished from their later counterparts. First of all, the only edition that is
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