The difference is in the detail!
The Princeton Audubon Carolina Parrot - Gallery 1
We feature the Princeton Audubon Double Elephant Edition - the world's only direct-camera folio edition. Actual original Audubon prints were purchased, generally from Sotheby's, and then physically utilized in producing these spectacular prints, making Princetons absolutely accurate documents of the antique originals with a physical connection to those done by Audubon's own hand.
Here is an example of the detail you will see in a Princeton print. At the end of this paragraph you may click on the link for "detail." When this detail is displayed on a pc or laptop screen, incline your screen back and forth as you focus on the area above the beak of the pelican. Instead of a smooth wash of black which is seen in other reproductions, you will see what appear to be many small dabs of black. While these are not shown on other reproductions, they do appear on the originals. You see, Audubon's engraver, Robert Havell, used chemicals to etch minute depressions in the smooth copper plates. These depressions would later accept ink, and when the paper was pressed against it and pulled off the plates, these minute dabs appeared. Princeton prints, being the end result of a physical, photographic transfer of detail, are exact documents of the originals. While other reproductions are less expensively produced, you can be certain that your Princeton print is an absolutely accurate document of the original. Here is the detail.
Printed on heavy Mohawk paper that is recommended by the Library of Congress for archives, the paper is specially toned to match the average paper color of the 180-year-old antique originals. Each print is stamped with the Princeton seal in the lower right, and pencil-numbered in the lower left denoting its limited edition. If you would like these markings to appear only on the Certificate of Authenticity, please enter your request in the message box at checkout. You may order using our secure cart or by phone at 908-510-1621, or through The Taylor Clark Audubon Gallery in Baton Rouge or through The Key West Audubon Gallery, or through The New-York Historical Society or through The New York Times.
Small detail of The Whooping Crane- Gallery 2
FRAMING OPTIONS: We do not offer framing, however when you purchase our prints through The New York Times online store, you may there choose a reasonable framing option. You may also purchase our prints through The Taylor Clark Gallery. (TIP: They are working off an inventory of our prints received prior to a regular limited edition price increase, so you may get a good price while their supply lasts) This gallery provides superb frames. But generally we advise our clients to bring their print to a local framer along with a picture of the wall where it will be displayed, in order to have the framer match not only the print but the display setting. We also suggest conservation framing. For the prints with a darker background, such as the American White Pelican and the Snowy Owl, we suggest a soft accent lamp. Beaded wood frames set of the prints very well. The Pileated Woodpecker is stunning in a dark black frame.
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