… It is not the Naturalists that I wish to please altogether I assure thee; it is the wealthy part of the community. He was also an astute businessman. We explore the most likely options behind the mystery birds. New York, 2006, Souder, William. Sold for $5,100. The giant energy of the man, and his power of achievement and accomplishment, give to him something of the epical force of a Walt Whitman or a Herman Melville. He travelled on a passport that Anglicized to John James and identified him as “a native of Louisiana.” Life at Mill Grove allowed Audubon to return to the pursuits of his boyhood: “Its fine woodlands, its extensive fields, its hills crowned with evergreens, offered many subjects to my pencil. Update: When the gavel finally declared the bidding over, this copy of The Birds of America was officially sold for $9.65 million. Audubon quickly found a more capable and enthusiastic collaborator in Robert Havell, Jr., of London. In November Audubon was introduced to the engraver who could make his grand vision a reality: William Home Lizars of Edinburgh. London, 2004. The boy was initially cared for by another of Captain Audubon’s mistresses, but with the threat of a slave revolt making Saint-Domingue increasingly unstable, he sent his son and one of his daughters, Rose Bouffard, to live with his wife, Anne Moynet Audubon, in Nantes (another half-sister remained in Saint-Dominigue and was killed during the slave insurrection in 1791). London and New Castle, Delaware, (2003) Ford, Alice. Here, Louisiana Heron Pl 373. Amherst, Massachusetts, (2006), Hart-Davis. Amherst, Massachusetts, (2006) Hart-Davis. ), Rozier and Audubon tried to expand their enterprise to St. Genevieve, Missouri, and Henderson, Kentucky, and but they eventually went their separate ways. …”. Considered the artist’s “greatest triumph,” the oversized four-volume set that contains 435 hand-colored prints of his watercolor drawings, published at great personal expense between 1827 and 1838, is the kind of rare book owned only by institutions and One Percenters. The financial panic of 1819 undoubtedly contributed to the collapse of all of Audubon’s mercantile enterprises, but the fault finally lay in himself and his increasing ornithological obsession, not in the stars of national economic collapse. Tell Congress to stop efforts to strip away critical protections in the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. +C $26.32 shipping. C $263.81. An early subscriber's copy of John James Audubon's "Double Elephant Folio" – incomparably the most important and most beautiful color-plate book ever published. Great condition for a used book! In Georgia, the KFF is working with the state’s Department of Natural Resources and the Nature Conservancy to protect the at-risk gopher tortoise through a collaborative effort to buy up 100,000 acres of its habitat. Waking one morning with the inspiration that he had dreamt of a new discovery, Audubon, eschewing breakfast, took his gun to the Perkioming Creek, shot a kingfisher, and quickly brought it home. Soon after his arrival, he exhibited 250 paintings at the Royal Institution at Liverpool, with similar subsequent exhibitions in Manchester and Edinburgh. There he took a soft board and sharpened pieces of wire and “pierced the body of the Fishing bird and fixed it onto the board—another Wire passed above his upper Mandible was made to hold the head in a pretty fair attitude, Smaller Skewers fixed the feet according to my notions, and even common pins came to my assistance in the placing the legs and feet.—the last Wire proved a delightful elevator to the Bird’s Tail and at Last there Stood before me the Mankin of a Kings Fisher! Larger birds tend to bring higher prices than the smaller songbirds. But, as Audubon freely admitted in the autobiographical reminiscence he wrote for his sons, the mercantile business did not suit him. But it was more than that, Becker of Christie’s says: “Audubon was striking out into untouched landscape and recording the birds and the habitats as well. John James Audubon: A Biography. Fries, Waldemar H. The Double Elephant Folio. Elephant Folio refers to the size of the Audubon Imperial Quadruped prints, which are somewhat smaller than the double elephant folio size used for the Audubon Havell bird prints. But, despite his frequent later residencies in Europe promoting and overseeing the production of The Birds of America, most of his life was spent in the United States, which he travelled from Philadelphia to Florida and from Boston to the Badlands. Lot 1: Audubon Aquatint Engraving, Long-tailed or Dusky Grous. . The Birds of America showcased, for the first time, life-size illustrations of birds (some of which are now extinct, like the Carolina Parakeet). This item: Audubon's Birds Of America: The National Audubon Society Baby Elephant Folio by Roger Tory Peterson Hardcover CDN$11.91 Rozier was no more fortunate than I, for he shipped a cargo of hams to the West Indies, and not more than one-fifth of the cost was returned.”, Undaunted, the pair formed a mercantile partnership and opened a general store in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1807. T he original edition of the Birds of America is known as the Double Elephant folio. Audubon’s “Great Work” was called the “Double Elephant Folio”, the “Birds of America” or the “Havell Edition”. The later lithographed “octavo” editions of The Birds of America and The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America are considerable triumphs in their own right. Becker, who has personally handled six copies of Audubon’s Birds during his career, says it has been “incredibly rewarding” to work with this one considering the foundation’s plan for the proceeds of the forthcoming sale. Within a couple of months a prospectus for the work appeared, the first subscribers were signed up (a hundred would be secured by the end of 1827), and work was well underway on the first five plates: the cock wild turkey, the yellow-billed Cuckoo, the prothonotary Warbler, the purple finch, and the Canada warbler. New York: J. Bien, 1860. Bald Eagle. … The first Collection of Drawings I made of this Sort were from European Specimen, procured by my Father or myself. Are the Trump Administration's Environmental Rollbacks Built to Last? … I seldom passed a day without drawing a bird, or noting something respecting its habits, Rozier meantime attending the counter.”. With other paths closed to him, Audubon at this point resolved to pursue his passion and “Compleat a collection of the Birds of our Country, from Nature, all of Natural Size.” With Lucy contributing income as a teacher and governess, Audubon spent the next five years travelling thought the American Southeast studying and drawing birds—and, when necessarily, giving lessons in drawing, fencing, dancing, and French. The year-long return to Nantes was not without advantage to Audubon, however; while there he met the young Charles-Marie D’Orbigny, his family’s doctor and a gifted ornithologist, who did much to school Audubon in taxidermy, and in a more scientific way of approaching and cataloguing his subjects. Check watermark. But his life now had but a single purpose: in 1823 he recorded in his journal that “I have finally determined to break through all the binds and pursue my ornithological pursuits. Find and download all 435 of the Birds of America prints, in high resolution, at audubon.org/birds-of-america. As soon as it is finished I will travel with it all over England Ireland and Scotland and then over the European Continent. Membership benefits include one year of Audubon magazine and the latest on birds and their habitats. Large images (20 percent of the total) take up most of a double elephant folio sheet while medium images (another 20 percent) include a moderate margin and small images (the final sixty percent) have very large margins. The first can only speak well or Ill of me but the Latters will fill my pockets. Illustration: John James Audubon, “The views expressed in user comments do not reflect the views of Audubon. Help power unparalleled conservation work for birds across the Americas, Stay informed on important news about birds and their habitats, Receive reduced or free admission across our network of centers and sanctuaries, Access a free guide of more than 800 species of North American birds, Discover the impacts of climate change on birds and their habitats, Learn more about the birds you love through audio clips, stunning photography, and in-depth text. … I sat to, outlined the bird, aided by compasses and My eyes coloured it and finished it. by Peterson, Roger Tory and Virginia Marie Peterson Seller James & Mary Laurie Booksellers (A.B.A.A.) Audubon’s plan was to issue 80 parts or fascicles, each containing images of five birds: one large, one of medium size, and three small species. Top Rated Seller. This happened in March 1810. Overwhelmed and Understaffed, Our National Wildlife Refuges Need Help. Ornithological Biography, or An Account of the Habits of the Birds of the United States of America. In the preface to Ornithological Biography, he introduced himself to his readers as “an American Woodsman,” and he particularly liked to project a backwoods persona when in Scotland, England, and France – even if he never did quite lose his French accent. CCLVIII. The Border Wall Has Been 'Absolutely Devastating' for People and Wildlife, Rulers of the Upper Realm, Thunderbirds Are Powerful Native Spirits. The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow, throughout the Americas using science, advocacy, education, and on-the-ground conservation. item 6 Audubon Society Audubon's Birds Of America Baby Elephant Folio 1981 - Audubon Society Audubon's Birds Of America Baby Elephant Folio 1981 $89.99 Free shipping ... More about John J. Audubon and collecting Audubon prints. He was particularly in demand for death-bed portraits and later wrote that “so high did my reputation suddenly rise, as the best delineator of heads in that vicinity, that a clergyman residing at Louisville … had his dead child dis interred, to procure a fac-simile of his face.”. He eagerly paged through the volume, recognizing that although “what I saw was not what I longed for, it gave me a desire to copy nature” (Ornithological Biography). “His surprise appeared great, as he told me he never had the most distant idea that any other individual than himself had been engaged in forming such a collection. From United States. The estimated $8-12 million that it will take to win the coveted book will not, however, line the pockets of a well-heeled collector. Audubon was born Jean Rabine, the natural son of Jean Audubon, a French sea captain and plantation owner, and Jeanne Rabine, a chambermaid who gave the boy her last name but who died when he was just seven months old. Returning to Louisville, Audubon discovered a talent for portraiture and for a time found steady work. But while the study of the birds of America was the principal avocation of Audubon’s adult life, it was not to truly become his vocation for more than two decades after he embarked at New York. Audubon’s wife accepted the children as her own, and in 1794 both were formally adopted by the couple; the boy took the name Jean-Jacques Fougère Audubon. The Mr Wilson asked me if I had many drawings of birds. Published 1981 Condition Fine ISBN 9780896592315 Item Price $ It should be mentioned that the common names of the birds as indicated on this site are derived from the revised edition of Audubon’s Birds of America: The Audubon Society Baby Elephant Folio by John James Audubon and edited by Roger Tory Peterson and Virginia Marie Peterson (Abbeville Press: NY, 1990). Indeed, I never thought of it beyond the ever-engaging journeys which I was in the habit of taking to Philadelphia or New York to purchase goods; these journeys I greatly enjoyed, as they afforded me ample means to study birds and their habits as I travelled through the beautiful, the darling forests of Ohio, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania. All untrimmed Audubon originals are one of only three sizes. Even Audubon witnessed dwindling species and habitat loss as early as the 1820s, which makes it apropos that a copy of his masterpiece will be sold to benefit conservation. The name Double Elephant was a … The Birds of America was immediately recognized as an extraordinary achievement and perhaps the greatest contribution ever made of art in the service of science. Under a Wild Sky: John James Audubon and the Making of "The Birds of America." Audubon's Birds of America; the Audubon Society baby elephant folio. He opened his books, explained the nature of his occupations, and requested my patronage. Over the years many authors have written entire books about the Birds of America publication. National Audubon Society The Double Elephant Folio Hardcover – 2006 by Waldemar H. Fries. The following prints are from this edition. New York, 2004, Vedder, Lee A. John James Audubon and the Birds of America: A Visionary Achievement in Ornithological Art. Audubon's Elephant: America's Greatest Naturalist and the Makng of "The Birds of America." While the second fascicle was being printed, the colorists who worked for Lizars—reproducing the palettes of “pattern plates” assembly-line style—went on strike. England gave Audubon the acclaim and attention that the United States withheld. The board meets three times a year to discuss opportunities and proposals, and their preference is for “data not deals,” according to the statement. Though something of a dandy as young man (he admitted in an autographical essay written for his two sons that he had been “ridiculously fond of dress. New York, 2004, Rhodes, Richard, ed. Mr Wilson now examined my drawings with care, asked if I should have any objections to lending him a few during his stay, to which I replied that I had none: he then bade me good morning, not, however, until I had made an arrangement to explore the woods in the vicinity along with him, and had promised to procure for him some birds, of which I had drawings in my collection, but which he had never seen. Havell Double Elephant Folio Bien Edition Alecto Restrikes Amsterdam Edition Abbeville Edition Royal Octavo Edition Imperial Quadrupeds (elephant folio) Quadrupeds of North American (octavo) Havell Double Elephant Folio. Our email newsletter shares the latest programs and initiatives. Got a million bucks to spend on pictures of birds? (Although Audubon did not subscribe to Wilson’s work, he did own a copy. That’s one thing people tend to forget, because the book is called The Birds of America, but actually it’s full of thousands of insect specimens and plant specimens.” Since three quarters of the population was living within 50 miles of the Atlantic coast at the time, he adds, Audubon was “revealing America to itself.”. His backwoods persona was seen as exotic and exciting and he was welcomed by polite society and the scientific establishment alike. Considered the artist’s “greatest triumph,” the oversized four-volume set that … According to a two-page statement released by the foundation, its mission is “conservation of natural ecosystems,” and it has quite the budget to advance that mission: $150 million in assets that the directors intend to spend down over the next 10 to 15 years. The Audubon Amsterdam Edition and Price Guide The 1971-72 publishing of the Audubon Amsterdam Edition was the first complete full size facsimile reproduction of John James Audubon s original (1826-38) Havell Edition of Birds of America. Irmscher, Christoph, ed. Knobloch was, according to his nephew, an inveterate investor, and he purchased The Birds of America “as an investment for the foundation,” which is now being realized. So it was that in New Orleans on 27 May 1826 Audubon boarded the ship Delos bound for Liverpool, hoping that in Great Britain he would find an expert engraver, and abundance of copper, and, most importantly, many wealthy subscribers to finance the undertaking. AUDUBON AMSTERDAM Double Elephant Folio Black Bellied Plover Plt. He describes in “My Style of Drawing Birds” his first trying out of this method. … they were all represented strictly ornithologically, which means neither more or less than in Stiff unmeaning profiles, such as are found in all works published since the beginning of the present century.”. These engravings are the largest of the valuable Audubon prints and measure 39.5″ x … Receive the best from Sotheby’s delivered to your inbox. First Edition Robert Havell Aquatint Engraving with Original Hand Color From Birds of America Double Elephant Folio. Estimate: $2,000 - $4,000. 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I tried various branches of commerce, but they all proved unprofitable, doubtless because my whole mind was ever filled with my passion for rambling and admiring those objects of nature from which alone I received the purest gratification.”. On June 14, one of the world’s most expensive books, John James Audubon’s double-elephant folio of The Birds of America, will go to auction in New York City. Price $3,150.00. You can still enjoy John James Audubon's stunning paintings. … Audubon is the greatest of bird painters; he belongs to American history, and as a writer he described things that human eyes will never see again.”. Between 1827 and 1839, John James Audubon worked with Robert Havell, a London engraver to create the “Double Elephant Folio”. (Double Elephant Folio 26-1/2" x 39-1/2" +/-) Birds of America prints, since the 1930s. The term “double elephant” was a printers term referring to the largest paper available for printing at the time. There are fewer than ten limited edition publications of high quality Audubon facsimile reproduction prints that have been issued (and several are not yet sold out) of the original full sized D.E.F. Quick View. Audubon became a naturalized citizen in 1812 and developed a fierce nationalism. London, 2004, Irmscher, Christoph, ed. Audubon Havell Edition Price Guide 1 The Audubon Havell Edition and Price Guide John James Audubon s original Birds of America double elephant folio was easily the finest natural history book ever published. Founded in 1997, the KFF is tight-lipped—they have no website and no staff. In the 2010 Sotheby's Auction, the Lord Hesketh 4-volume set of Audubon's The Birds of America sold for a record-breaking $11.5 million ! The binding is also quite lavish—full red Morocco leather with gilt borders, which, due to the sheer size of the volumes, would have cost the duke nearly as much as the actual printed sheets. Great Horned Owl Pl 39. Ships from and sold by Amazon.ca. Illustration: John James Audubon. This on average measures 26 1/4" x 39 1/4". Audubon worked briefly as a clerk for Lucy Bakewell’s uncle in New York, while Rozier took a position with a French trading house in Philadelphia. SP. There are only 13 copies of this edition left in private hands, and this one is not only beautiful but historically noteworthy. These common names are officially designated by the American Ornithological Union. The Double Elephant Folio August 18, 2017 From his earliest conception of The Birds of America, Audubon intended that each bird would appear life-sized and, in some cases, alongside plants, wildlife (including other birds), and other environmental elements. The newly printed Baby Elephant Folio presents all 435 of Audubon’s hand-colored engravings in exquisite reproductions derived from the original plates of the National Audubon Society’s archival copy of the rare Double Elephant Folio. Knobloch had grown up on a farm in Connecticut and enjoyed hunting, fly fishing, and other outdoorsy pursuits. As in Audubon’s original paintings, the birds were presented at full size — what Audubon called “the size of life.” Audubon’s 435 bird images can be grouped by size. From The Birds of America. This, the first book purchased by the University, was bought in 1839 for $970 (equivalent to $90,000 in 2019), at the time an amazing sum. … this was what I Shall ever call my first attempt at Drawing actually from Nature, for then Even the eye of the Kings fisher was as if full of Life before me whenever I pressed its Lids aside with a finger.”, Audubon made modifications and improvements to his wiring scheme – he adopted uniform grids behind his tableaux and on his drawing paper to assist him in depicting proportions—but this became his standard protocol for the original drawings that were the basis for The Birds of America. 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