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Guide to Audubon Editions

Audubon Biography
A brief biography of John James Audubon (1785-1851).

Authentication of Audubon Prints
Information to help you determine whether or not your print is authentic.

History of “The Birds of America”
An excerpt from Susanne M. Low's book on Audubon’s Double Elephant Folio by John James Audubon, 1827-1838, "A Guide to Audubon's Birds of America" published by William Reese Company and Donald A. Heald, copyright 2002. Mrs. Low is a member of the Audubon Galleries Advisory Board.
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A Timeline for Audubon Prints
An excerpt from Bill Steiner’s definitive work on Audubon prints, “Audubon Art Prints: A Collectors Guide to Every Edition” published by USC Press in 2003. Mr. Steiner is a member of the Audubon Galleries Advisory Board.

Audubon in American Art
An excerpt from Ron Tyler’s “Audubon’s Great National Work: The Royal Octavo Edition of The Birds of America” about the history, production and importance of the Octavo edition, which brought Audubon’s art to a much larger audience and became the most popular natural history work of the time. This chapter describes Audubon’s place in the history of American art and ornithology, both during his life as well as in the 150 years since he died. Although he was quite famous and well-respected during his lifetime, his legacy is even more celebrated and he is widely considered to be the greatest bird artist of all time. Mr. Tyler is a member of the Audubon Galleries Advisory Board.

The Bonaparte Audubons at the Amon Carter Museum and the Friendship of John James Audubon and Charles Lucien Bonaparte
An essay by William Reese on the fascinating story of how the first 15 plates of the double elephant folio were presented by Audubon to his friend Charles Lucien Bonaparte, one of the leading ornithologists of his time. Audubon and Bonaparte, the nephew of the Emperor Napoleon, had a rather stormy relationship, and Bonaparte never actually saw or received the plates. Mr. Reese is an Audubon Galleries partner.

Audubon Amsterdam Edition
A short essay on the Audubon Amsterdam Edition, the finest reproductions of the Havell plates made at full double elephant folio size and on very fine handmade paper. This edition of all 435 plates was made in Amsterdam in 1971-72 from the complete set of Havell prints in the Teyler Museum in Haarlem, Holland.

Audubon’s Great National Work
Another excerpt from Ron Tyler’s “Audubon’s Great National Work…”. This chapter provides detailed information on the history and production of the Royal Octavo edition of “Birds of America”. This edition, which was physically much smaller and therefore considerably less expensive, made Audubon’s work accessible to most Americans for the first time.

Excerpts from Audubon’s book “Delineations of American Scenery…”
Fifteen excerpts from John James Audubon’s book “Delineations of American Scenery and Character” in which he describes his adventures traveling around North America.

Audubon Museums, Organizations & Publications
Links to the top Audubon museums, organizations and publications in America.

A glossary of print terms from various sources including the American Historical Print Collectors Society and the IFPDA.