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Guide to the John James Audubon Print Collection
[1820]-1860, 1985
  PR 162

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Description is in English.

Container List

Series I: Birds of America

Scope and Contents note

Series I. Birds of America contains material related to the original double Elephant folio publication of  Birds of America, published in numbers from 1827 to 1838. Plates for this edition were aquatinted by Robert Havell, Jr., after drawings by Audubon, and were hand-colored both by Havell's studio staff and Audubon's wife and children. This series is arranged into three subseries: Pattern Proof Prints, Loose Plates, and Facsimiles and Reproductions.

The fifteen color proof prints were used as patterns for the colorists of the aquatints. These sheets give primary and detailed evidence about the coloring process; several have penciled color notations, and one has a notation for textual change. Eleven loose plates from the double Elephant Folio edition, all marked with Havell's name, are also included. One of these, the White-headed Eagle, appears in both uncolored and colored format. Several modern reprints of Audubon's birds can also be found in this series.

Prints are arranged by plate number, where known.

Pattern Proof Prints

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 1 Common Yellow Throat [Plate 24]
1827-1838
Box: 1 Kentucky Warbler [Plate 38]
1827-1838
Box: 1 Chestnut Sided Warbler [Plate 59]
1827-1838
Box: 1 Autumnal Warbler [Plate 88]
1827-1838
Box: 1 Carolina Titmouse [Plate 160]
1827-1838
Box: 1 Orange Crowned Warbler [Plate 178]
1827-1838
Box: 1 Tree Sparrow [Plate 188]
1827-1838
Box: 1 Manx Shearwater [Plate 295]
1827-1838
Box: 1 Yellow Breasted Rail [Plate 329]
1827-1838
Box: 1 American Widgeon [Plate 345]
1827-1838
Box: 1 Rocky Mountain Plover [Plate 350]
1827-1838
Box: 1 Lapland Longspur [Plate 365]
1827-1838
Box: 1 Golden Winged Warbler [Plate 414]
1827-1838
Box: 1 Tawny Thrush/Townsend's Thrush & Canada Jay [Plate 419]
1827-1838
Box: 1 Western Duck [Plate 429]
1827-1838

Loose Plates

Scope and Contents note

These prints are housed flat in a map case.

Container 1     Title Date
Folder: FF 1 White-headed Eagle [Plate 31]
1828
Folder: FF 1 House Wren [Plate 83]
undated
Folder: FF 1 Connecticut Warbler [Plate 138]
1832
Folder: FF 1 Sooty Tern [Plate 235]
1834
Folder: FF 1 Great Marbled Godwit [Plate 238]
1835
Folder: FF 1 Red-necked Grebe [Plate 298]
1836
Folder: FF 1 Tell-tale Godwit or Snipe [Plate 308]
1836
Folder: FF 1 Redheaded Duck [Plate 322]
1836
Folder: FF 1 Trumpeter Swan [Plate 376]
1837

Facsimiles and Reproductions

Scope and Contents note

These prints are housed flat in a map case.

Container 1     Title Date
Folder: FF 2 Great Egret

General note

Printed by the National Audubon Society

1977
Folder: FF 2 Canvas Backed Duck

General note

Printed by R. R. Donnelley & Sons, courtesy of the Field Museum of Natural History

undated
Folder: FF 2 American White Pelican

General note

No. 152 of 500, printed by Princeton Audubon, Ltd

1985
Folder: FF 2 Wild Turkey

General note

No. 135 of 500, printed by Princeton Audubon, Ltd

1985
Folder: FF 2 Purple Heron
1985
Folder: FF 2 Brown Pelican

General note

No. 1136 of 1500, printed by Princeton Audubon, Ltd

1985

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