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Prints by John James Audubon

Certainly the greatest of American bird books, and possibly one of the finest book productions in the world, Audubon’s Birds of America owes much to its author’s determination to have his work reproduced by the best possible craftsmen, and to his insistence that his drawings be reproduced life-size, as he had drawn them.  These large volumes, often referred to as the “Elephant Folios,” are sized to accommodate Audubon’s depictions of eagles, the wild turkey, the flamingo, and the whooping crane.  To his professed regret, Audubon could find no American publisher willing to take on this complicated and expensive venture; he took his work to England, where he found both master engravers and over half of his subscribers, including George IV.

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[2 chipmunks] [graphic].

[2 chipmunks] [graphic].
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b47059

American Bittern [graphic].

American Bittern [graphic].
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b14869

American Woodcock [graphic].

American Woodcock [graphic].
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b14866

American Crossbill [graphic].

American Crossbill [graphic].
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b52376

American Crow [graphic].

American Crow [graphic].
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b52397

Arctic Yager [graphic].

Arctic Yager [graphic].
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b52403

Barn Swallow [graphic].

Barn Swallow [graphic].
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b52374

Barnacle Goose [graphic].

Barnacle Goose [graphic].
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b14872

Bird of Washington [graphic].

Bird of Washington [graphic].
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b52385

Black-Crowned Night Heron [graphic].

Black-Crowned Night Heron [graphic].
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b14868

Black Skimmer [graphic].

Black Skimmer [graphic].
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b52379

Black Vulture [graphic].

Black Vulture [graphic].
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b14863

Blue grosbeak; (#122)

Blue grosbeak; (#122)
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b52229

Blue jay; (#62) [graphic].

Blue jay; (#62) [graphic].
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b52230

Blue-Winged Yellow Warbler [graphic].

Blue-Winged Yellow Warbler [graphic].
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b52386

Brewer's Blackbird [graphic].

Brewer's Blackbird [graphic].
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b52409

Bullock's Trop. [graphic].

Bullock's Trop. [graphic].
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b14864

Canada Goose [graphic].

Canada Goose [graphic].
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b52400

Canadian Titmouse [graphic].

Canadian Titmouse [graphic].
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b52399

Canvass Back Duck [graphic].

Canvass Back Duck [graphic].
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b14875

Carbonated warbler (#60) [graphic].

Carbonated warbler (#60) [graphic].
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b52226

Cardinal Grosbeak [graphic].

Cardinal Grosbeak [graphic].
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b52372

Catbird [graphic].

Catbird [graphic].
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b52371

Cedar waxwing (#43) [graphic].

Cedar waxwing (#43) [graphic].
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b52222

Chestnut-Backed Titmouse [graphic].

Chestnut-Backed Titmouse [graphic].
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b52406

Columbia Jay [graphic].

Columbia Jay [graphic].
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b52368

Cormorant [graphic].

Cormorant [graphic].
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b14876

Crested Titmouse [graphic].

Crested Titmouse [graphic].
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b52388

Crimson Fronted Purple Finch [graphic].

Crimson Fronted Purple Finch [graphic].
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b52383

Downy woodpecker; (#112) [graphic].

Downy woodpecker; (#112) [graphic].
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b52231

Florida Jay [graphic].

Florida Jay [graphic].
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b52367

Gold finch (#33) [graphic].

Gold finch (#33) [graphic].
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b52224

Great White Heron [graphic].

Great White Heron [graphic].
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b14870

Ground Dove [graphic].

Ground Dove [graphic].
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b52375

Herring Gull [graphic].

Herring Gull [graphic].
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b52377

Indigo bunting (#74) [graphic].

Indigo bunting (#74) [graphic].
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b52223

Ivory-Billed Woodpecker [graphic].

Ivory-Billed Woodpecker [graphic].
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b52390

Lesser Tern [graphic].

Lesser Tern [graphic].
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b52378

Louisiana Water Thrush [graphic].

Louisiana Water Thrush [graphic].
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b52362

Mangrove Cuckoo [graphic].

Mangrove Cuckoo [graphic].
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b52373

Marsh Hawk [graphic].

Marsh Hawk [graphic].
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b52380

Meadowlark [graphic].

Meadowlark [graphic].
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b52396

Mockingbird [graphic].

Mockingbird [graphic].
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b52363

Mountain Mocking Bird and Varied Thrush [graphic].

Mountain Mocking Bird and Varied Thrush [graphic].
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b52381

Orchard oriole (#42) [graphic].

Orchard oriole (#42) [graphic].
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b52228

Painted Bunting [graphic].

Painted Bunting [graphic].
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b52366

Pine finch (#180) [graphic].

Pine finch (#180) [graphic].
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b52225

Purple Finch; (#4) [graphic].

Purple Finch; (#4) [graphic].
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b52221

Red-necked Grebe [graphic].

Red-necked Grebe [graphic].
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b14877

Reddish Egret [graphic].

Reddish Egret [graphic].
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b14871

Rock Wren [graphic].

Rock Wren [graphic].
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b52408

Rose-breasted grosbeak (#127) [graphic].

Rose-breasted grosbeak (#127) [graphic].
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b52227

Roseate Spoonbill [graphic].

Roseate Spoonbill [graphic].
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b14867

Ruff-Necked Hummingbird [graphic].

Ruff-Necked Hummingbird [graphic].
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b52405

Shoveller Duck [graphic].

Shoveller Duck [graphic].
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b14874

Song Sparrow [graphic].

Song Sparrow [graphic].
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b52365

Summer or Wood Duck [graphic].

Summer or Wood Duck [graphic].
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b52401

Summer red bird; (#44) [graphic].

Summer red bird; (#44) [graphic].
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b52232

Tyrant Fly-catcher [graphic].

Tyrant Fly-catcher [graphic].
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b52392

Vigors's (SIC) Warbler [graphic].

Vigors's (SIC) Warbler [graphic].
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b52387

Western Bluebird [graphic].

Western Bluebird [graphic].
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b52382

White Fronted Goose [graphic].

White Fronted Goose [graphic].
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b14873

Hooping Crane [graphic].

Hooping Crane [graphic].
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b52402

Wilson's Snipe [graphic].

Wilson's Snipe [graphic].
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b14865

Winter Wren [graphic].

Winter Wren [graphic].
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b52407

Wood Pewee [graphic].

Wood Pewee [graphic].
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b52395

Yellow-Bellied Flycatcher [graphic].

Yellow-Bellied Flycatcher [graphic].
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b52384

Yellow-breasted Warbler [graphic].

Yellow-breasted Warbler [graphic].
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b52364

Yellow-Crowned Heron [graphic].

Yellow-Crowned Heron [graphic].
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b52404

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