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JOHN JAMES AUDUBON'S BIRDS OF AMERICA FINE ART PRINTS

As seen in The New York Times and The Royal Society of London

The world's only direct-camera folio fine art prints .The zenith in Audubon fine art printing!

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Note to collectors: Original Havell Canada Goose offered at $68,000. Originals can be viewed through our Facebook pages Call to order. 908-510-1621. The Princeton Audubon Double Elephant Edition marked as "PE" in the column at right is the zenith in Audubon fine art. The actual originals were purchased and physically utilized to produce these absolutely accurate documents of the original art. Purchasing more than one? Call us for special order pricing.

American White Pelican.  Click image for more information. $1,200

Got an eye for fine art? 

The difference is in the detail. As you examine the area above the beak of this American White Pelican, incline your screen back and forth until you see what appear to be small dabs of black ink. While most reproductions will simply instead show a smooth wash of black, we have produced an actual document of the original. The 'dabs' are actually evidence of the aquatinting process used by Audubon's engraver, Robert Havell, in his London shop. Acid was used to create minute depressions in the copper plate, like tiny reservoirs where black ink would later settle. When then pressed into the paper, the result was exactly what you see in this example. 

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.

Extinct Carolina Parrot. Click image for more information. $1,200


Princeton Audubon Double Elephant Edition

  • Double elephants (full size)
  • Limited editions 500-1500.
  • Individually pencil-numbered and embossed with the Princeton Audubon Limited seal.
  • Up to 11 color plates used.
  • Specially developed fade-proof inks. Absolute color fidelity to the actual original.
  • Printed on a 300 line.
  • Life-size, 26 1/4 x 39 1/4.
  • Very heavy archival paper which is recommended by the Library of Congress for archives and is specially toned to match the actual color of the antique originals.
  • Registered to purchaser.
  • As seen in New York Times
  • As permanently displayed at The Royal Society of London, to which Audubon belonged as a Fellow.

Princeton Audubon was founded in 1985 and continues to offer stunning lithographs and archival pigment prints from Audubon's actual originalsJohn James Audubon produced his original work 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 Rare Prints Editions. These are double elephant sized and can be displayed together with our Princeton Double Elephant Edition. Next day shipping in most cases.

Florida Jay. Click image for more information.  $500

 


 

 

 


 


  


"They are true prints, great paper, incredible detail and true colors. They are simply the finest Audubon facsimiles ever made!"  William Steiner, Audubon collector and author of Audubon Prints: A Collector's Guide To Every Edition.

"Of all the Audubon reproductions, Princetons come the closest in appearance and quality to the originals."  Chris Lane, co-owner of Philadelphia Print Shop and guest appraiser on PBS Antiques Roadshow

"With their astounding detail, definition, and color, the Princeton direct-camera facsimiles have long set the standard in Audubon Birds of America lithographs." 
Louise Mirrer, current Director, The New-York Historical Society

"...the quality of the reproductions reflects precisely the extraordinary state of the art craftsmanship Princeton Polychrome Press has consistently engendered since its inception."  Theodore S. Amussen, Former director of publications and editor-in-chief, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.  (Editor's note: Princeton Polychrome Press is the predecessor to Princeton Audubon Limited) 

"The Princeton Collection represents a remarkable example of historic accuracy and beauty.  No other modern Audubon edition gives collectors the quality and value of the Princeton edition. Audubon himself would no doubt be impressed by the superior workmanship in each print."-Glen Mullen, Gallery Manager, Audubon House & Gallery, Key West, FL.

 

 

Snowy Owl. Click image for more information. $1,200

 

 

Attention grabber. Iceland Falcon.  Click image for more information. $1,200

Purple Heron or Reddish Egret. Stunning! $1,200

 

 

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Audubon collector and author Bill Steiner regarding Princetons, "True prints, great color, incredible detail. ... simply the finest Audubon facsimiles ever produced."

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Featured prints

Double elephant (full-size) Birds of America prints. Princeton Editions (PE) and Rare Print Editions (RP). These are the premier editions of Audubon re-creations. All measure approx. 27 x 39 inches.

 We have the right fluff ...

This is a small detail of an exceptional print - our reduced-size Hooping Crane. Click the image to expand. Click here to see entire print.

... and the right stuff...

 

  

Pileated Woodpecker. $1,200 Info.

Detailed above left.

Audubon Flamingo.$1,200  Info.

 

You may purchase an original Audubon American Flamingo for nearly $200,000, or purchase the world's only direct-camera re-creation shown above for $1,200. We purchased Audubon originals and physically used them to produce this premier edition of Audubon Birds ofUnlike 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,  

 

Historical note: Since Audubon portrayed each bird life size, the larger birds often had to be drawn in unusual positions to fit on the largest copper engraving plates then available, approximately 27 x 39 inches. When setting forth on this great project, Audubon wrote ... "...nothing, after all, could ever answer my enthusiastic desires to represent nature, except to copy her in her own way, alive and moving!" This is the great appeal of Audubon prints. John James Audubon's compositions are LIFE SIZE AND filled with the drama of life, or as he himself put it ..."alive and moving!"

 

'Wall presence!'

Princeton White Pelican.  Info. $1200

   

  

"Even the name is strange."

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 

 

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