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AS SEEN IN THE NEW YORK TIMES. The world's only direct-camera lithographs of ...

JOHN JAMES AUDUBON'S BIRDS OF AMERICA

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"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

Featuring The Princeton Double Elephant Edition. 

The world's only direct-camera folio fine art prints. 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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Please note: Audubon type pictures are available throughout the Internet. We only offer our clients Audubon fine art, particularly the Princeton Double Elephant Edition. Actual originals were purchased and physically used in the production process of these investment grade works of art. Many now nearly sold out.


SPECIAL OFFER FROM PRINCETON ...

Take a look at the four reduced-size fine art prints outlined in red below.  These are from our Essex New-York Historical Society Edition, a stunning set of top tier Audubon prints. Of these, the Director of The New-York Historical Society says,

"Princeton has faithfully reproduced the N-YHS original engravings in a collector's edition of stunning quality and brilliant color."

These absolutely stunning prints sell for $250 each. More info. For a limited time, purchase all four for just $475, or individually at just $150. Use this link for the set of four...

Or, Purchase individually below for only $150.

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Essex (Reduced-size) Louisiana Heron 

Regular retail $250. Mint condition. Measures19 x 23 inches. Edition of 2500.  Produced by special permission of The New-York Historical Society.  Reduced size prints on exceptional quality Essex paper.  The paper is coated so that the ink "stands up" and gives a layered look. These are the highest quality prints you can obtain in this popular size.


Essex (Reduced-size) Roseate Spoonbill

Regular retail $250. Mint condition. Measures 19 x 23 inches. Edition of 2500. Audubon wrote "The Roseate Spoonbill is found for the most part along the marshy and muddy borders of estuaries, the mouths of rivers, ponds, or sea islands or keys partially overgrown with bushes, and perhaps still more commonly along the shores of those singular salt-water bayous.


Essex (Reduced-size) Great Blue Heron

Regular retail $250. Mint condition. 17 1/2 x 26 inches. Edition of 1000. Produced by special permission of The New-York Historical Society.  Reduced size prints on exceptional quality Essex paper.  The paper is coated so that the ink "stands up" and gives a layered look. These are the highest quality prints you can obtain in this popular size.


Essex (Reduced-size) Hooping Crane

Regular retail $250. Mint condition. 17 1/2 x 26 inches. Edition of 1000.  Produced by special permission of The New-York Historical Society.  Reduced size prints on exceptional quality Essex paper.  The paper is coated so that the ink "stands up" and gives a layered look. These are the highest quality prints you can obtain in this popular size.


Informative historical re-creation ...


Historical note: John James Audubon was barely older than the young United States when he arrived and made it his home in 1803. It wasn't long afterward that he journeyed the length of this fresh wilderness, composing over 400 studies, dramatic compositions of the birds which so fascinated him. Eventually he would cross the Atlantic several times with his latest drawings in order to have these birds of America engraved by Robert Havell of London. Dampened paper and inked engraved copperplates with a reverse image of each composition were pressed together. The resulting properly oriented images were pulled from the plates, colored, and published as The Birds of America.  These precious originals were the prize of Kings and the mighty. Today, most are in the collections of museums and other institutions.


Princeton American Flamingo, Plate # 431

$1,200. Mint condition. Measures 26 1/4 x 39 1/4. Award-winning print. Audubon obtained the bird from Cuba and made the drawing for this Havell plate in London in 1838. The bird plunges its head underwater upside down, then with the upper bill of its sickle-shaped beak serving as a dredge and the tongue as a sieve, it scoops small shellfish from the bottom of shallow lagoons.


Princeton American White Pelican, Plate # 311 

$1,200. Mint condition. Measures 26 1/4 x 39 1/4.  Based on a composition painted perhaps in Florida in 1831 or 1832.  Landscape artist, George Lehman, worked on the background.
The white pelican, with a wingspread of nine feet, does not plunge for food like the brown pelican, but fishes as it swims along, using the large bag that hangs from he lower part of its bill as a dip-net.


Princeton Brown Pelican, Plate # 251

$1,200. Mint condition. Measures 26 1/4 x 39 1/4. Audubon probably drew this adult pelican in the Florida Keys in April or May 1832. Landscape artist, George Lehman, painted the mangrove limb. "What a beautiful bird is the Pelican! Its beak holds more than its belly can!"


Princeton Purple Heron, Plate # 256

$1,200. Mint condition. Measures 26 1/4 x 39 1/4. Audubon drew both the birds and the background in Florida in April 1832. Princeton captured the true color of the originals. Examine this outstanding print in more detail.


Rare Prints Roseate Spoonbill, Plate # 321 

$1,200. New. Measures 29 x 39. Audubon wrote, "These birds fly with their necks stretched forward to their full length, and their legs and feet extended behind, moving otherwise in the manner of Herons, or with easy flapping, until about to alight, when they sail with expanded wings, passing once or twice over the spot, and then gently coming to the ground, on which they run a few steps."


Rare Prints Whooping Crane, Plate # 226

$1,500. New. Measures 28 x 39.  Audubon wrote, "They spread from Illinois over Kentucky, and all the intermediate States, until they reach the Carolinas on the southern coast, the Floridas, Louisiana, and the countries bordering on Mexico, in all of which they spend the winter, seldom returning northward until about the middle of April, or towards the beginning of May."


Rare Prints Great Blue Heron, Plate # 211 

Edition of 500.

$1,800. New. Measures about 27 x 40. Archival Pigment Print. From Audubon's journal ..." The tread of the tall bird himself no one hears, so carefully does he place his foot on the moist ground, cautiously suspending it for awhile at each step of his progress."


Here is what Chris Lane, guest appraiser on Antiques Roadshow, says of Princetons ...

"Of all the Audubon reproductions, Princetons come the closest in appearance and quality to the originals. Combining this with their very reasonable cost make the Princeton Audubon facsimiles winners for those looking to acquire some of the most dramatic American natural history images ever produced."


 

 

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GUARANTEE: If you wish to exchange or return your print for a full refund of the purchase price, excluding shipping, simply return the print in the same shipping material within 14 days of delivery to you.

FRAMING: We do not frame prints. However, we can ship your print directly to your framer. You may also purchase selections of our prints through The New York Times online store where framing options are available at a reasonable cost. We also can recommend the very best framers and they can ship the framed print to you. 

SHIPPING: We generally ship the same day or the day following your order. Overnight shipping is available. If you provide your email address, we will have FedEx send you the tracking number.

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Featured Classifications:

Princeton Double Elephants

Rare Print Double Elephants

Essex NYHS Edition

Imperial Quadrupeds

Watercolor Studies

Basement

Unlike the production of any other Audubon edition in the world, Princeton Audubon Limited purchased the originals and through their physical use 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.

 

Don't forget to check out our Basement where you can find some great deals on prints with very minor handling creases! These are not mint, but they should be!. Any imperfection is only at the very edge of the paper, well outside the image area. Save hundreds! Same money-back guarantee applies as it does with all other prints. Can't lose!

NEWS: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill adds Princeton Audubon Prints to its collection.  UNC, through its fine Wilson Library, has recently acquired a full collection of Princeton prints.  There are many museums and institutions that hold Princetons, since Princetons are far beyond mere reproductions.  These are living, historic documents in that they are absolutely exact re-creations of actual Audubon originals.

 

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Jolly, jolly good!

This is Chicheley Hall, a 300 year old estate in Buckinghamshire, England, and it is the home of the International Science Conference Center of The Royal Society of London.  Audubon was a fellow of this Society. You will notice the letters F.R.S at the bottom of all Audubon originals. These stand for Fellow, Royal Society. This Society chose Princeton prints to display along with their own Audubon originals.  A jolly good recommendation! More.

 


The difference is in the detail. Enlarge and 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 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.

 

Make your walls sing!

This is just a small detail of the Great Carolina Wren, our favorite composition. Most folks will only see one bird at first glance when looking at the entire print. We think a beaded wooden frame with very minimal matting sings volumes!

 

Historical note: Since Audubon portrayed each bird life size, the larger birds often had to be drawn in feeding 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!"