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The Birds of America,
Havell Edition

The Birds of America,
Bien Edition

The Birds of America,
Royal Octavo Edition

The Birds of America, Amsterdam Edition

The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America

The Quadrupeds of North America

The Natural History of
Carolina, etc., Catesby

Audubon and Natural
History Books

The Birds of America, Abbeville, Ariel, and Princeton Editions Natural History Collectibles The Viviparous Quadrupeds
of North America
Southart-Parkway Edition

The Quadrupeds of North America (1849-54)

The small quadrupeds were published in Octavo form just as the birds, but for the first time, the name of Audubon's son, John W., appeared on many of the plates.  J. T. Bowen was the lithographer, but about 17 of the plates in volume one were lithographed by Nagel and Weingaertner of New York.  A number of artists, chiefly William E. Hitchcock and R. Trembly, transferred the images to the stones, signing their initials on the plates.  About 2,000 copies of all four editions were sold. The First Edition was 1849-54 and the last 1870.  These three-volume sets, as with the seven volumes of birds, were used as gifts to foreign governments by the U. S. government.  The plates measure about 7 x 10 inches and are stone lithographs colored by hand. 

Audubon died in 1851, before this work was completed.  In the quadruped octavo edition, J. W. Audubon was credited with being the artist on ten plates which had been credited to J. J. Audubon in the folio edition. The collector should bear in mind that while America's animals were discovered over a period of time, going back to the 1600's, they were not described and illustrated in one publication until John J. Audubon and Rev. John Bachman published the Imperial Folio of quadrupeds in the early 1840's.  This was a monumental effort - considering that most of the animals are nocturnal.  A few of the animals illustrated by Audubon and described by Bachman are so-called "mystery animals" as they are still unidentified.  The print collector, besides owning an original Audubon print,  will also possess a unique piece of American history.  In addition, this process - a hand-colored stone lithograph - is an exquisite art form, never to be seen again due to what would be an exorbitant cost in today's world.

To our knowledge, for the first time on the internet, the Audubon/Bachman names of the animals are accompanied by the common names used by mammalogists today when they differ from those used in the 1800's. Of course, the names Audubon used in  this list are identical to those on the large Imperial Folio prints, 21 x 27 inches, in the Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America publication. Following are some reference books on Audubon's animals.  Obviously, many books have been written on his birds and animals and are easily found in libraries or on the internet:

Boehme, Sarah - John James Audubon in the West:  The Last Expedition, to accompany exhibits at Buffalo Bill Museum, Cody, Wyoming, and three other museum shows, Abrams Press, 2000 Cahalane, Victor - The Imperial Collection of Audubon Animals, Hammond, Inc., 1967 Ford, Alice - John James Audubon: A Biography, Abbeville Press, 1988 Ford, Alice - Audubon's Animals: The Quadrupeds of North America, New York Studio, 1951 Krammer, William - Audubon's Quadrupeds of North America, Wellfleet Press, 1989 McDermott, John - Audubon in the West, University of Oklahoma Press, 1965 Peterson, Roger Tory - The Art of Audubon: the Complete Birds and Mammals, New York Times Books, 1979

~ FEATURED QUADRUPEDS PRINT ~

Plate 1 – Common American Wildcat - SOLD

Plate 81 – Common American Deer - $600
Hand-colored stone lithographs from John Audubon's Octavo edition of the
Quadrupeds of North America, l849, John Bowen, lithographer, Philadelphia, Pa.
~ Following is a list of the prints with images ~

Plate 16 - Canada Lynx - SOLD

24 Four-striped Ground Squirrel
(Colorado Chipmunk)  $150
 

Plate 28 - Common Flying Squirrel - SOLD 
  

Plate 30 - Cotton Rat - $150

Plate 31 - Collared Peccary - $350

Pl 54 - Brown or Norway Rat - $150

Plate 56 - American Bison or Buffalo - SOLD
 

Plate 62 - American Elk (Wapiti Deer) - SOLD 

Plate 77 - Prong-horned Antelope - SOLD
  

Plate 81 - Common American Deer - $600

Plate 88 - Worm-wood Hare - $125

Plate 89 - Say's Squirrel - $150
  

Plate 91 - Polar Bear - $750

Plate 93 - Black Footed Ferret - SOLD

Plate 94 - Nutall's Hare - $250
  

Plate 96 - The Cougar (male) - SOLD

Plate 97- The Cougar - SOLD

Plate 106 - Columbian Black-Tailed Deer - SOLD
  

Plate 112 - California Hare - SOLD 

Plate 121 - Arctic Fox - $250
 
Plate 125 - American Marsh Shrew - $150

Plate 126 - Caribou or American Reindeer - $150

Plate 128 - Rocky Mountain Goat - $150

Plate 137 - Sea Otter - $200
 
Plate 146 - Nine-banded Armadillo - SOLD
   
~ Following is a list of the prints without images ~
Plate 2- Maryland Marmot $100 4 Florida Rat (Eastern Wood Rat) $50 9 Parry's Marmot Squirrel
(Arctic Ground Squirrel)  $75
11 Northern Hare, Summer $200 13 Musk-Rat Musquash  $150 14 Hudson's Bay Squirrel
(Red Squirrel)  $100
17 Cat Squirrel (Fox Squirrel)  $125 19 Soft-haired Squirrel
(Douglas' Squirrel)  $150
20 Townsend's Squirrel $125
Plate 23- Black Rat $100  25 Downy Squirrel
(Red Squirrel) $125
26 Wolverine $250
27 Long-haired Squirrel
(unknown species)  $125
29 Rocky Mountain Neotoma
(Bushy-tailed Wood Rat)  $50
33 Mink $125  
 34 Black Squirrel
(Eastern Grey Squirrel)  $100
 35 Migratory Squirrel
(Eastern Grey Squirrel)  $100
 36 Canada Porcupine  $150
38 Red-bellied Squirrel  $125  41 Pennants Marten or Fisher $100 42 American Skunk (Striped Skunk) $150
44 Canada Pouched Rat
(Plains Pocket Gopher)  $50
  
45 Wilson's Meadow Mouse (Meadow Mole) $125 48 Douglass Squirrel $100
49 Douglas Spermophile
(California Ground Squirrel)  $50
 
50 Richardson's Spermophile $50 51 Canada Otter (River Otter) $150
55 Red-tailed Squirrel
(Fox Squirrel)  $100
 
58 Orange-bellied Squirrel
(Fox Squirrel) $75
59 White Weasel
(Long-tailed Weasel)  $100
 60 Bridled Weasel
(Long-tailed Weasel)  $75
63  Black-tailed Hare
(White-sided Jack Rabbit) $200
 64 American Brown Weasel (Ermine) $95
 69 Common Star-Nose Mole  $50 70 Say's Least Shrew  $50 73 Rocky Mountain Sheep
(Bighorn or Mountain Sheep) SOLD
 74 Brewer's Shrew Mole
(Hairy-tailed Mole)  $75
78 Black-tailed Deer (Mule Deer) $200 79 Marmot Squirrel
(Ring-tailed Ground Squirrel) $50
80 Leconte's Pine Mouse
(Pink Vole)  $75
83  Little Chief Hare (Pika) $100
 84 Franklin's Squirrel $150
85 Jumping Mouse
(Meadow Jumping Mouse) $100
88 Wormwood Hare
(Nuttall's Cottontail)
 92 Texan Lynx - female (Bobcat) $250
95 Orange-colored Mouse
(Golden Mouse)  $50
98 Ring-tailed Bassaris $125  99 Prairie Dog
(Black-tailed Prairie Dog)  $175
100 Missouri Mouse
(Northern Grasshopper Mouse)  $100
102 Large-tailed Skunk
(Hooded Skunk)  $200
 
103 Hoary Marmot-Whistler $100
104 Collies Squirrel  $75 105 Columbia Pouched Rat
(Northern Pocket Gopher) $75
 
107  Lewis's Marmot
(Yellow-bellied Marmot) $50
108 Bachman's Hare
(Brush Rabbit) $100
 109 California Marmot Squirrel
(Mexican Ground Squirrel) $100
110 Mole-shaped Pouched Rat
(Northern Pocket Gopher) $50
113    Esquimaux Dog  $150  114 Say's Marmot Squirrel
(Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel) $100
115 Yellow-cheeked Meadow Mouse
(Yellow-cheeked Vole)  $50
117 Dusky Squirrel
(Red-bellied Squirrel) $150
 119 Hudson Bay Lemming
(Labrador Collared Lemming)  $50
120 Tawney's/Back's Lemming
(Brown Lemming)  $50 
122 Canada Otter (River Otter)  $100  123 Sewellel (Mountain Beaver)  $50 124 Mountain Brook Mink  $200
129 Northern Meadow Mouse
(Northern Bog Lemming) $75
130  Pouched Jeroba Rat
(Phillip's Kangaroo Rat)  $50
 
134  Yellow-bellied Marmot  $100
135 Richardson's Meadow Mouse
(Water Vole)  $100
 138 Pine Marten  $75
139 Large-tailed Spermophile
(Rock Squirrel)  $50
140 Little Nimble Weasel
(Long-tailed Weasel)  $50
 142 Camas Rat
(Northern Pocket Gopher)  $50
143 Severn River and Rocky Mountain Squirrel (Northern Flying Squirrel)  $50
144 Townsend's Arvicola, Sharp-nosed Arvicola and Bank Rat (Marsh Rice Rat)  $500 145    Townsend's Shrew Mole  $50   147 American Souslik or Meadow Mouse and Texas Meadow Mouse  $50
148 Little American Brown Weasel
(Long-haired Weasel)  $50
149 Fremont's and Sooty Squirrel
(Red Squirrel)  $150
 
150 Long-nosed Shrew
(Southeastern Shrew)  $50
151 Jackal Fox  $150  152 Weasel-like Squirrel and
Large Louisiana Black Squirrel  $100
153 Col. Abert's Squirrel and
California Grey Squirrel  $100
154 Harris' Marmot Squirrel and
California Meadow Mouse  $50
   
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