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Featuring The Princeton Audubon Double Elephant Edition, the world's only direct-camera capture Audubon Birds of America lithographs!

 


 

 

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Detail above: The Blue Crane. See the entire print! 

 

Please note: We offer John James Audubon Birds of America originals and fine art prints, not inexpensive Audubon type pictures or posters. We purchased the actual double elephant originals, enabling us to produce Audubon prints so accurately that they are displayed in The Royal Society of London, where Audubon himself served as a Fellow. That's a jolly good recommendation! 

What is a double elephant?

 

 

 

SPECIAL OFFER

 

 Rare original Audubon Octavo White Ibis, 6 1/2 inches by 10 1/2 inches. First Edition, Very good condition.  Certificate of Authenticity included.  $1,850.     908-510-1621

 

 

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The Snowy Owl (Princeton Audubon Double Elephant Edition) and The Iceland or Gyr Falcon (Rare Prints Edition) These are the finest Audubon editions ever produced. The premier Princeton Edition is a lithograph edition, where the ink is pressed into the paper through the rollers of a press. The Rare Prints Edition is an archival pigment edition (giclee) where the ink is sprayed onto the paper. Both are double elephants and may be framed together. For both examples shown below, we suggest a soft accent lamp mounted at the top of the frame. We suggest conservation framing for both editions.


Princeton Snowy Owl.  Info. 

Rare Prints Iceland Falcon. Info.


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.

The Difference Is The Detail! 

Click this image to enlarge. 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.

Pigeons are beautiful too! 

Here is the Band-tailed Pigeon. This print is based on a composition probably painted in the winter of 1836-37 in Charleston, S.C. Maria Martin drew the dogwood branch, a drawing most interesting to botanists since the accompanying text in the Ornithological biography contains the first recorded description of the western, or mountain, dogwood, Cornus nuttalli, which has six involuted bracts instead of the four of the well-known eastern species. Audubon wrote: "In my plate are represented two adult birds, placed on the branch of a superb species of dogwood, discovered by my learned friend, Thomas Nuttall, Esq., when on his march toward the shores of the Pacific Ocean, and which I have graced with his name."

We suggest displaying the Band-tailed along side the White-crowned, shown at left. Both would be dramatically enhanced by soft accent lamps. This pleasing image is based on a composition painted at Indian Key, Florida in April 1832. The landscape artist, George Lehman, painted the flowering limb of the geiger tree.  The White-crowned retails nfor $800 and the Band-tailed for $500. You may purchase them individually by clicking on the images. You may also purchase both together for only $900 by using this link.

Purchase both pigeons for $900, a savings of $400.

 

 

 


Princeton Brown Pelican. Info.

Princeton Pileated Woodpecker. Info.


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.

LIFE-SIZE!

Audubon's double elephants are the size of life. He called them "Of the natural size". 

Adding further value to his compositions was their setting in a natural habitat. This was not the common practice for illustrators of the day. But here is what Audubon himself offered. "Having studied drawing for a short while in my youth under good masters, I felt a great desire to make choice of a style more particularly adapted to the imitation of feathers than the drawings in water colours that I had been in the habit of seeing, and moreover, to complete a collection not only valuable to the scientific class, but pleasing to every person, by adopting a different course of representation from the mere profile-like cut figures, given usually in works of that kind."
-John James Audubon

 


Detail: Snowy Heron.   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.

 


Click the detail at right to see more detail. Click the image below to see more info and purchasing.

The Iceland or GyrFalcon.


Original Audubon Prints

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Imperial Quadrupeds
These measure app.21 x 28 inches.


Oh! Canada!

Original Audubon Havell Canada Goose.

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$68,000

 

 

 

Purchase our archival pigment re-creation of this original Canada Goose for $900.

 



 

 

 


 


  


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And here is an unadvertised special ...

This Princeton Brown Pelican has a very slight tear at the lower left corner, extending about 1/2 inch in from the edge. Barely visible, it would be covered by the slightest amount of matting, and is very easily repaired. But we cannot sell this print at mint price of $1,200. The print is part of our premier edition of 1500 and is sealed and numbered. We are selling this print for $500.  First come - first served.

 

 

 


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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The premier Audubon edition. 

Princeton Audubon Flamingo. Info. $1,200 

 

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, The Detroit Institute of Arts and many more.

"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.

 

 

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 

Double Elephant Cafe

 

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.

 

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

Audubon is not just birds!

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Now nearly sold out, the Princeton Pileated Woodpecker is likely the finest Audubon reproduction of any image in any edition. Its detail and color are simply breathtaking! Click the image for more information.