Newly released from Princeton Audubon
Limited is the Princeton Essex Elephant Edition. Using our own
originals and those from the New-York Historical Society, we are creating in
approximate elephant folio size, or about 19 x 23 inches and 17 1/2 x 26
inches, an edition of
astounding quality. Louise Mirrer, 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
This new offering is
unlike any other Audubon reproductions available today. Audubon
originally reduced the size of his huge double elephant prints to a small 7
x 10 inches, commonly termed the Octavos. We, however, have reproduced
these striking images to an intermediate size approximating the elephant paper used
by Audubon for his later Imperial Quadrupeds. However it is not the size that makes this new edition unique, as there are
many inexpensive posters with Audubon images on the market today.
This edition is faithfully created directly from
actual originals in our private collection, and from the originals in
the collection of the New-York Historical Society. For example, the images
of the Louisiana Heron and the Roseate Spoonbill were both professionally captured from the originals
themselves, and then carefully matched during the production process against
the actual originals in the collection of the New-York Historical Society to
ensure absolute accuracy. This unusual access to the nearly
170-year-old originals assures you of a most accurate reproduction.
Further, the specially-made fade-proof inks are
pressed upon the absolute finest of all paper, 110# Essex. Essex is a
specially made 100% rag, coated paper designed for critical art
reproduction. It makes the ink "stand up" in order to faithfully
capture the layered look and feel of Audubon's original production.
Essex is produced here in America, in New Hampshire, at Monadnock Paper
Mills, the oldest continuously operating paper mill in the country. So
fine is the Essex paper that we have taken the unusual step of highlighting
this fact in the name of our new edition.
However, there is more that will make this edition a
classic. First, these are true lithographs, produced on six or ten
color presses. Princetons are not less expensive laser, digital, or
ink-jet images. Secondly, we have retained the historic appearance of
the actual antique originals. Where plate marks were evident on
Havell's sheets, we retained them. Where the original binding holes
are visible, we retained them as well in our reproductions. In this
way, we are hoping to interest a new generation to the Audubon originals,
and perhaps encourage many more to experience the joy of Audubon collecting.