AUDUBON, John James (1785-1851)
[Pl. 221] Leipzig: Ariel Press, 1972. Collotype. Sheet size: 25 1/8 x 38 1/2 inches.
An exceptional and scarce facsimile of a print made for but not used in the beautifully printed and richly coloured "Leipzig" edition of Audubon's Birds
Mallard Ducks is one of the most desirable plates in the Birds of America , Audubon's masterpiece. This stunning facsimile was made using a now antiquated printing technique called collotype which yields rich, oil paint-type colours.
The Leipzig edition of Audubon's Birds was produced in the early 1970's. The plan was to reproduce 40 plates: 20 vertical and 20 horizontal from Audubon's work of which 500 would be bound in two volumes and 500 would be sold loose. Not all the plates produced were used however including this marvellous rendition of the Mallard. It is therefore quite rare.