Published between 182738 in an edition of around 200, the birds of america represents the culmination of audubons life work as a naturalistartist, depicting in 435 plates every. An employee poses with a page depicting a snowy owl, from john james audubons book birds of america during a photocall for the frederick, 2nd. John james audubons most popular book is birds of america. Books by john james audubon author of birds of america. Sothebys announces that an early subscribers edition of john james audubons incomparable the birds of america will be offered in a singlelot sale immediately following sothebys fine books and manuscripts auction on 18 december.
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Book birds of america john audubon 1941 edition second edition published in 1941 by the macmillan company. The audubon reader by john james audubon goodreads. Get the best deal by comparing prices from over 100,000 booksellers. Rare birds of america book by john james audubon sells for. Research 2,275 john james audubon prices and auction results in collectibles. John james audubon jeanjacques audubon april 26, 1785 january 27, 1851 was a french american ornithologist, naturalist, and painter. Sep 04, 2001 the birds of america john james audubon. This book is the complete collection of the gorgeous work of john james audubon, all 435 plates of his original workand no there are no missing or out of order plates, the people who reprinted this book are not complete idiots. New july auction ends wednesday, august 7th starting at 2pm ct. On june 14, one of the worlds most expensive books, john james audubon s doubleelephant folio of the birds of america, will go to auction in new york city. The book has been rebacked at some point in the past, but it retains most of its original spine covering. John james audubon was an american artist and naturalist best known for his detailed paintings of north american birds.
Sothebys to offer audubons iconic birds of america in. Pba galleries is the premier san francisco auction house for rare books and ephemera. If there was ever a book to put a man on the map, john james audubons the birds of america is it. These bookplates, prints, or pages are two 2 sided. On june 14, one of the worlds most expensive books, john james audubons doubleelephant folio of the birds of america, will go to auction. John james audubon is best known as the artist behind birds of america, for a time the most expensive book ever auctioned. A precise replica of the complete works of john james audubon, comprising the birds of america 184044 and the quadrupeds of north america 185154 in their entirety. John james audubon has 175 books on goodreads with 1953 ratings. The sale was led by the birds of america 182738, four monumental volumes of 435 handcolored aquatint plates depicting all of the thenknown species of birds found in the united states. Worlds most expensive book, birds of america, set to fetch.
The birds of america is a book by naturalist and painter john james audubon, containing. Prior to its publication, audubon struggled for recognition as a naturalist and artist. John james audubon american white pelican plate cccxi handcolored aquatint, engraving and etching, 1836, by r. The birds of america by john james audubon alibris.
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The book was published by macmillan company of new york in 1941. The winning bid was a record auction price for a printed book and was placed by londonbased art dealer michael tollemache, who outbid three. Original vintage 19411942 john james audubon birds of. While there are a handful of books in the world that may be worth more, until 20 birds of america held the record for the most money paid at auction for.
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The birds of america is one of the best known natural history books ever produced and also the most valuable a complete set sold at auction in december 2010 for gbp7. Bowen in 18401844 size is approximately 6 12 x 10 inches genuine audubon lithograph blue mountain warbler male pl. Rare john james audubon prints up for auction at arader. Feb 23, 2015 the auction also includes prints of some of the wild cat and other animal that audubon painted during his trip up the missouri river, plus many more rare art and antiques. New listing original watercolor paintings john james audubon the birds of america 1966. Dec 12, 2010 an employee poses with a page depicting a snowy owl, from john james audubon s book birds of america during a photocall for the frederick, 2nd lord hesketh collection, at sothebys auctioneers. The value of john james audubon prints extend beyond market price, and his paintings and drawings continue to set the standard for avian artwork. Unfollow audubon birds of america book to stop getting updates on your ebay feed.
Book auction manuscript auction map auction skinner. See more ideas about john james audubon, birds of america and audubon birds. A rare copy of audubons birds of america heads to auction to. A copy of the birds of america by john james audubon. Browse upcoming auctions and create alerts for artworks you are interested in. The rare copy of john james audubon s birds of america was bought by london dealer michael tollemache for.226 1052 1602 963 358 1198 131 394 433 86 1577 1349 1211 359 397 143 61 1570 126 1644 1538 640 1474 1532 1671 400 135 1213 1329 1465 119 361 727 1309 1588 1534 1142 145 686 1379 779 1428 437 1157 1298 970 271 239