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Princeton Audubon Ltd., As seen in The New York Times & Royal Society of London!

 

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Welcome to Princeton Audubon!  

FEATHER YOUR NEST WITH DOUBLE ELEPHANTS!

What is a double elephant?

We sell only fine art, not common posters or pictures. The spectacular Princetons in Gallery 1 are the world's only direct-camera Audubon double elephant lithographs.  The outstanding prints in Gallery 2 are the finest of today's archival pigment editions. Both are full-size. As seen in The New York Times and The Royal Society of LondonDetailed here is the exceptional Roseate Spoonbill, 28 x 39 inches.  Also available 19 x 23 inches.

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Note: You may purchase our prints from this website, from our Facebook page, from The New York Times online store, from the Audubon House Gallery in Key West, Florida, and from the famous Taylor Clark Gallery in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

SPECIAL AS SEEN ON FACEBOOK. PRINCETON AUDUBON CAROLINA PARROT, 26 1/2 x 38 inches.

OUR LOSS-LEADER IS A WINNER!

This fantastic fine art print normally sells for $1,200. As our 'loss leader' we are selling it for just $800. Thank you for 30 years of Audubon collecting!

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PRINCETON ESSEX NEW-YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY EDITION GREAT BLUE HERON, 17 1/2 x 26 inches

This is a reduced-size edition produced by permission of The New-York Historical Society. Louise Mirrer, Director, says, "Princeton has faithfully reproduced the N-YHS original engravings in a collector's edition of stunning quality and brilliant color."   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.  See all Essex prints.   I want to see the full-sized print instead.

Purchase - $250   

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SPECIAL AS SEEN ON FACEBOOK. PRINCETON AUDUBON AMERICAN FLAMINGO, 26 1/2 x 39 1/4 inches.

The world's only direct-camera capture full-size lithograph edition. "They are true prints, great paper, incredible detail and true colors...simply the finest Audubon facsimiles ever produced!" - Bill Steiner, 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, guest appraiser on PBS Antiques Roadshow. 

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This award-winning fine art print normally sells for $1,800. 

Today we are offering it for just $900. 


ABOUT PRINCETONS IN GALLERY 1: The world's only direct-camera capture full-size lithograph edition. "They are true prints, great paper, incredible detail and true colors...simply the finest Audubon facsimiles ever produced!" - Bill Steiner, 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, appraiser on PBS Antiques Roadshow

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Thank you for visiting Princeton Audubon Limited, and thank you for 30 years of Audubon collecting! We invite you to invest in fine art from calmer times - the works of John James Audubon. Princeton double elephants are far beyond common reproductions.  The actual antique originals were purchased and physically centered in the re-creation process, resulting in absolutely exact documents of the original art. The prestigious Royal Society of London, where Audubon himself served as a Fellow, chose Princeton prints for permanent display.That's a jolly good recommendation! 

Princeton Audubon double elephant prints in Gallery 1 and Rare Print giclees in Gallery 2 are same size (facsimile) prints and can be displayed together. We also offer to our clients reduced size Audubon prints in Gallery 3. View Audubon Quadrupeds in Gallery 4, and one of a kind offers in our Basement.

Guarantee: Return prints in original condition and packaging within 14 days of delivery for a complete refund.


"THE RUBY-THROAT NEEDS NO SONG ... ITS WINGS MAKE MUSIC."

Princeton Audubon Limited Edition Plate XLVII
Ruby-throated Hummingbird

This Princeton Double Elephant is from the world's only direct-camera lithograph edition. We purchased the originals to produce this stunning edition. Princetons are said to be the finest Audubon re-creations ever accomplished.

These birds were probably painted in Louisiana c. 1825.  Hummingbirds, found only in the New World, fascinated Americans and Europeans of Audubon's day. To gratify this widespread curiosity with a number of views of the diminutive ruby-throat, he placed ten of them together, although in nature they are too pugnacious to associate this closely. He spoke glowingly of this bird of eastern North America: "No sooner has the returned sun again introduced the vernal season, and caused millions of plants to expand their leaves and blossoms to the genial beams, than the little Hummingbird is seen advancing on fairy wings, carefully visiting every opening flower cup." And Frank M. Chapman, in his Handbook of Birds of Eastern North America, wrote, "The Ruby-throat needs no song. Its beauty gives it distinction, and its wings make music."


 


ATTENTION GRABBER - PURPLE HERON

VICTORIA'S SECRET

For his Birds of America, Audubon chose the finest paper available - Whatman. Queen Victoria used Whatman paper for her personal stationary.  George Washington used Whatman paper for his state documents, as did the exiled Napoleon when writing his will on the island of St. Helena.  Princeton also chose the finest paper for its double elephant edition - Mohawk Superfine.


BEGIN YOUR COLLECTION AS AUDUBON DID - WITH WATERCOLORS

Detailed here are reproductions of Audubon's watercolor studies.  These served as the basis for his original engravings later completed by Robert Havell in London. We reproduced these images directly from the offices of The New-York Historical Society, which holds the remaining original watercolors. Interestingly, not all of the compositions held by this society are Audubon's first originals but replacements, as many of his first compositions were destroyed. Of the ones presently existing, Audubon usually painted the bird, and later had assistants add in the flora and the background. The paper for these beautiful reproductions measures 16 x 24 inches. Image size varies. Purchase the entire set of seven detailed here for just $200.

Whole print: Snowy Owl, Great Gray Owl, Tern, Swan, Gyrfalcon, Passenger Pigeon, Bonaparte Flycatcher 

Detail view:  Snowy Owl, Great Gray Owl, Tern, Swan, Gyrfalcon, Passenger Pigeon, Bonaparte Flycatcher

Purchase the set - $200


PRINCETON AUDUBON DOUBLE ELEPHANT AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN 

Princeton Audubon Double Elephant Edition •Double elephant (life size - 26 1/4 x 39 1/4) •Limited edition of 500. •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. •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.

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ORIGINAL FIRST EDITION AUDUBON OCTAVO BARN OR CHIMNEY SWALLOW - 1840-1844

Plate 48, Measuring 6 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches.   See a detail

Own a piece of American history! 

This is an actual Audubon original. The first edition, and the most sought after by collectors of the miniatures, was published in 1840-44. About 1,198 sets of the first edition were produced. It was printed and colored by J. T. Bowen in Philadelphia, although plates 136 - 150 were done by Endicott in New York. The publisher of the first edition was Audubon himself in New York, and J. B. Chevalier in Philadelphia. Other octavo editions of the birds followed the death of Audubon in 1851, these being dated: 1856 and published by Victor G. Audubon; 1859 also published by Victor Audubon using Roe Lockwood and Son of New York; 1860 also by Victor Audubon and Lockwood; 1861 by John Woodhouse Audubon and Lockwood; 1863 (no information available); 1865 by John Woodhouse Audubon, New York; and 1871 by George R. Lockwood.


ORIGINAL FIRST EDITION AUDUBON OCTAVO BROWN PELICAN - 1840-1844

Plate 423, Measuring 6 1/2 x 10 inches.   See a detail

Own a piece of American history! 

This is an actual Audubon original, and one of the most popular images of all. The first edition, and the most sought after by collectors of the miniatures, was published in 1840-44. About 1,198 sets of the first edition were produced. It was printed and colored by J. T. Bowen in Philadelphia, although plates 136 - 150 were done by Endicott in New York. The publisher of the first edition was Audubon himself in New York, and J. B. Chevalier in Philadelphia. Other octavo editions of the birds followed the death of Audubon in 1851, these being dated: 1856 and published by Victor G. Audubon; 1859 also published by Victor Audubon using Roe Lockwood and Son of New York; 1860 also by Victor Audubon and Lockwood; 1861 by John Woodhouse Audubon and Lockwood; 1863 (no information available); 1865 by John Woodhouse Audubon, New York; and 1871 by George R. Lockwood.


PRINCETON AUDUBON DOUBLE ELEPHANT PILEATED WOODPECKER

The world's only direct-camera capture full-size lithograph edition. "They are true prints, great paper, incredible detail and true colors...simply the finest Audubon facsimiles ever produced!" - Bill Steiner, 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, guest appraiser on PBS Antiques Roadshow. 

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Princeton Audubon Double Elephant Edition •Double elephant (life size - 26 1/4 x 39 1/4) •Limited edition of 1500. •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. •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.


ORIGINAL AUDUBON OCTAVO QUADRUPED GREY FOX - 1849-1870

Plate 21, 7 x 10 1/2 inches.   See a detail

Audubon's sons saw the need to reduce the size of the 21 x 28 inch Imperials, and beginning in 1849, the octavo edition of The Quadrupeds of North America was published in three volumes.  Volume 1 was followed in 1851 with the second volume, and the final, the third volume was published in 1854.  Between 1,999 and 2,004 sets were published in this first edition.  The size for these editions was about 6 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches.  A second edition was published in 1852-54, a third in 1856-60, and a fourth in 1870.


ORIGINAL FIRST EDITION AUDUBON OCTAVO WHITE IBIS - 1840-1844

Plate 360, Measuring 6 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches.   See a detail

This is an actual Audubon original. The first edition, and the most sought after by collectors of the miniatures, was published in 1840-44. About 1,198 sets of the first edition were produced. It was printed and colored by J. T. Bowen in Philadelphia, although plates 136 - 150 were done by Endicott in New York. The publisher of the first edition was Audubon himself in New York, and J. B. Chevalier in Philadelphia. 


ORIGINAL FIRST EDITION AUDUBON OCTAVO GREAT WHITE HERON - 1840-1844

Plate 368, Measuring 6 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches.   See a detail

This is an actual Audubon original. The first edition, and the most sought after by collectors of the miniatures, was published in 1840-44. About 1,198 sets of the first edition were produced. It was printed and colored by J. T. Bowen in Philadelphia, although plates 136 - 150 were done by Endicott in New York. The publisher of the first edition was Audubon himself in New York, and J. B. Chevalier in Philadelphia. 


PRINCETON AUDUBON DOUBLE ELEPHANT PURPLE HERON

The world's only direct-camera capture full-size lithograph edition. "They are true prints, great paper, incredible detail and true colors...simply the finest Audubon facsimiles ever produced!" - Bill Steiner, 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, guest appraiser on PBS Antiques Roadshow. 

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Princeton Audubon Double Elephant Edition •Double elephant (life size - 26 1/4 x 39 1/4) •Limited edition 1500. 


Princeton 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 copies of actual Audubon originals.

Chicheley Hall, a 300 year old estate in Buckinghamshire, England, 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!  See pictures.

The Fine Art section of the New York Times online store was initiated by a full page ad in their print edition showing the Purple Heron. In one day, 42 of these fine art prints were sold. Here is one displayed in the offices of the New York Times.

Martha Stewart Living asked to use and frame our Snowy Owl. They chose all white framing materials. View picture.


Is your original octavo a 1st edition?

Match your print with this listing of 1st edition originals!

 


Authenticate Princetons

Princeton double elephant prints have a seal on the lower right of the print, and the edition reach is penciled in on the lower left just under the script. Additionally the paper has the look and feel of the originals. It is not pencil thin such as Amsterdams nor overweight such as many modern giclees. A well known professor and Audubon author at a New York university uses our prints as a demonstration of the highest grade of printing.


Enjoy this video of Audubon's life and work!