Princeton Audubon Limited
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John James Audubon's Birds of America 

Audubon author Bill Steiner calls Princetons, "True prints, great color, incredible detail. Simply the finest Audubon facsimiles ever produced."  "Of all the Audubon reproductions, Princetons come the closest in appearance and quality to the originals." - Chris Lane, co-owner of Philadelphia Print Shop (Philadelphia and Denver) and guest appraiser on PBS Antiques Roadshow. "The Princeton Collection reproductions of Audubon's birds offer an incredible value.  The quality of color, definition and paper are fantastic and far beyond expectations." - Rare-Prints  Gallery owner Ben Frishman 

Feather your nest!

Welcome! We feature Princeton Audubon Double Elephant prints, the world's only direct-camera folio fine art lithographs of John James Audubon's Birds of America, as seen in the New York Times and at The Royal Society of London, where Audubon himself served as a Fellow - a jolly good recommendation. More information. LEFT: American White Pelican $800. Enter coupon code PRINCETON at checkout for 15% discount!.

Unlike the production of any other Audubon edition in the world, Princeton purchased the actual originals and physically utilized them in creating these absolutely accurate Double Elephant or same size documents. Princetons were produced by the late David Johnson, a Master Printer and collector of Audubon originals who owned the paramount printing company in the country - Princeton Polychrome Press.  This company, now sold, achieved an enviable nationwide reputation by reproducing fine art prints for the National Gallery of Art, National Portrait Gallery, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Detroit Institute of Arts and many more. Using the direct-camera technique that he pioneered, along with oversized Kodak film with its infinite retention of detail, he produced what Audubon author Bill Steiner calls, "... simply the finest Audubon facsimiles ever produced."

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Purchase today for only $300!

Enter code PRINCETON - 15% off most prints. 

Carolina Parrot Regular retail $600.  Audubon wrote of these parakeets, "The woods are the habitation best fitted for them, and there the richness of their plumage, their beautiful mode of flight, and even their screams, afford welcome intimation that our darkest forests and most sequestered swamps are not destitute of charms."  In later years he was to write:   "Our Parakeets are rapidly diminishing in number, and in some districts, where twenty-five years ago they were plentiful, scarcely any are now to be seen."

Our guarantee.

Audubon produced his original works in London during the early 1800's.  We purchased these originals and through their physical use have produced the magnificent Princeton Double Elephant Edition, the world's only direct-camera folio fine art prints of these historic images. These are absolutely accurate documents of the actual originals. We also offer the finest of today's archival pigment prints, The Princeton Special Editions and The Rare Prints Editions. These are both double elephant sized and can be displayed together with our Princeton Edition. Click here to view thumbnails of our prints or select individually here. What is a Double elephant? Click here for Audubon originals.

You may also purchase our prints at the Audubon House and Gallery in Key West, Florida, just steps from the cruise ship terminal.  The famous Taylor Clark Audubon Gallery in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, also sells our prints, as does The New-York Historical Society and The New York Times.

You may also order by phone. We love hearing from you. 908-510-1621.

Looking for Framed prints? Most of our prints can be purchased framed through our site at The New York Times online store.

Interesting quote from Audubon's youth ... "Today I saw the swiftest skater I ever beheld; backwards and forwards he went like the wind, even leaping over large air holes fifteen or more feet across, and continuing to skate without an instant’s delay. I was told he was a young Frenchman, and this evening I met him at a ball, where I found his dancing exceeded his skating; all the ladies wished him as partner; moreover a handsomer man I never saw, his eyes alone command attention; even his name, Audubon, is strange to me.” — David Pawling, Mill Grove, PA; January, 1805, on 19-year-old John J. Audubon 

Featured prints

All measure about 27 x 39 inches.

The prints below marked "PE" (for Princeton Edition) are lithographs.  The prints marked "PSE" (Princeton Special Edition) and "RP" (for Rare Prints Edition) are giclees.

Should I purchase a giclee or a lithograph?

Purchasing two or more? Call us for your best price.

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More prints ...

Category:

Imperial Quadrupeds

Editions of 750

Measure 21 x 28

 

Reduced size prints

Category:

Essex NYHS Editions

Editions of 1,000 or 2500 

 

Category:

Watercolor Study Edition  16 x 24

Open editions

 

Brown Pelican $600.  Purchase this print for only $500 from our partner site at audubon-prints.com.

 

Worth considering... 

 

  • The Great and the Small! Purchase the full-size Great Blue Heron at $1,800 and receive The Little Blue Heron  (also called The Blue Crane) at no extra cost!  Both of these prints measure about 28 x 39 inches.  Use this link. Add to Cart
  • Fox and Rabbits!  Just $200!  Purchase both the Grey Fox and get the Grey Rabbit, which each retail for $350.  Add to Cart
  • Original Audubon Havell Long-billed Curlew. $125,000.  Please call 908-510-1621 for information.
  • Authorized reproduction (Giclee) of the Long-billed Curlew noted above. $750. Price will increase to $1,200. Edition of only 500. The original was displayed in the parlor of a Charleston South Carolina family for generations, which is appropriate since the unique background of this historic print is the harbor of Charleston along with Castle Pinkney.  More information.
  • The Rare Prints Edition Great Blue Heron. The Rare Prints Edition approaches the Princeton Edition for attention to detail and fidelity to the original. This print is an edition of 500. $1,800.
  • Minor creases, major discounts. Check our basement.

Think OUTSIDE the nest!  After publication of the Birds of America, Audubon set his talents on the mammals. We have reproduced many of these popular images same-size, meaning the Imperial size of 21 x 28 inches on Somerset paper imported from England. Yes, Audubon is not just birds!  Click here to see all the Quadrupeds.

Snowy Owl $800.  26 1/4 x 39 1/4 

 

Detail: Snowy Heron $500  Add to Cart 

 

In the early spring of 1832, Audubon and his assistant George Lehman stayed at the home of John Bachman in Charleston, South Carolina.  Audubon wrote of the thousands of snowy egrets that had arrived there by March 25 and “were seen in the marshes and rice fields, all in full plumage.”  Soon he painted this magnificent egret, while Lehman added the landscape of a rice plantation in the Carolina low country.

Some commentators suggest that the figure approaching from the bottom right is a cameo of Audubon himself.

 

 

Detail of the Pileated Woodpecker, measuring a full-size 26 1/4 x 39 1/4. Perhaps this is the finest Audubon print ever accomplished of any image in any edition. Simply spectacular!

 

Historical note: Audubon released his original engravings to subscribers in groups of five.  In fact, the number you see in the upper left hand corner of the large double elephant engravings is called the Group or Part number.  (A sample is reproduced here)  

 

 

Each group consisted of five prints.  Each print also had its own number assigned to it, a plate number, which is the individual number of the composition. This plate number is found in the top right of each original, and is shown below for plate # 431, The American Flamingo.

 

 

Group number one had plates number one through five within it.  Group number two consisted of plates six through ten. Interestingly, the first image in each group was usually a larger bird or a larger composition. These are also generally the more valuable originals in today's market.  Thus, if you have an original whose plate number ends in either a one or a six, you likely have a valuable print.

Double Elephant Cafe

 

Purchasing, Framing & Shipping

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"The dull world of commerce." - John James Audubon  

We accept Visa, MasterCard, and American Express in our regular shopping cart and over the phone. (Call and we may be able to offer you a better discount - 908-510-1621) The cart also has an optional PayPal feature for those who have an account or wish to set one up.

Our limited edition prints are approaching sold out status, but while they last you also have these purchasing options ...You may purchase most of our prints through The New York Times, where there is also a framing option. If you are visiting New York City, you may purchase through the New-York Historical Society on Central Park West, or through the NYHistoryStore website. Visiting beautiful Key West? Our prints are featured in the famous Audubon House and Gallery on Whitehead Avenue, just steps from the cruise ship berth. The famous Taylor Clark Gallery in Baton Rouge also offers a selection of our prints. If you wish we can also simply send you a PayPal invoice.  

We insure and ship our prints in well-protected heavy art mailing tubes - the safest shipping method. You may open either end of the tube and carefully pull out the wrapped prints. Always gently unroll the prints.

Please provide us with an email (optional) so that FedEx may send you the tracking number. Please provide a phone number for the FedEx driver. Princetons are in stock unless otherwise noted and they ship the next business day following your purchase. Most giclees are also in stock, but if not, please allow one week for delivery.  Feel free to call us to check the availability of any print.  908-510-1621

International shipping, and shipping to Hawaii and Alaska, averages $45 including insurance, and is generally collected when shipping takes place. All import fees or customs fees are the responsibility of the purchaser.  International orders are shipped through USPS International Shipping.  We will send the Identification Number to your email, if provided.