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The Birds of America, 1827-38 - Havell Edition

Audubon's reputation as a great artist and naturalist was recognized throughout the world when he published from London, between 1827 and 1838, his famous "double elephant" folio prints.  These prints were engraved and hand-colored chiefly by Robert Havell in 87 numbers of five plates each.  W. H. Lizars of Edinburgh engraved the first ten plates in 1828, but Havell re-engraved some of these.  Havell then etched, aquatinted, engraved and handcolored the rest with a dated J. Whatman watermark on each sheet.  They measured approximately 26 x 39 inches.  When removed from the Audubon book, an inch or so was frequently trimmed away.  These prints are the "top of the line" of Audubons.  Experts estimate that about 180 complete folios were published, with 435 plates in each folio.  In a scholarly book on this subject published in 1973, the author could locate only 134 sets.  Thus, if you own one of these prints, you hold a very scarce item of Americana, as all but a small number of sets are institutionalized.

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Plate 187- Boat-Tail Grackle two birds, male and female in moss-filled oak. Excellent color. J. Whatman 1834 watermark on front of print. Measures 24 3/4 x 35 1/2 inches and 1834 date also on front at lower right. Print has been conserved by Oppenheimer Inc with repairs along margins and upper image crease expertly hidden. This bird is found in the Southern US coastal regions. $6,500
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Plate 49- Blue-Green Warbler - This bird is now identified as the Cerulean Warbler. Very decorative. Full sheet with watermark.
SOLD
Plate 69 – BAY-BREASTED WARBLER – This beautiful warbler perched in a blooming cotton plant, 1829 J. Whatman watermark, measures 35 1/8 x 23 ½ inches, nice color and condition. $3,500
Plate 84-Blue-grey Flycatcher (Gnatcatcher) - Found in breeding range in middle of US coast to coast, year round in southeastern states, year round in lower US. Frame measures 29x37 inches, print dated 1830. Excellent color and condition. Trimmed. Framed.  $3,200

Plate 110 – HOODED WARBLER
– Male and female of species shown on a coral bean plant, dated 1831 on front and with J. Whatman watermark dated 1831, measures 25 ½ x 38 inches, two small margin creases, good color. $3,500
Plate 152 - WHITE-BREASTED BLACK-CAPPED NUTHATCH - Striking action in image of this common yard bird - color is exceptional, dated 1837, trimmed to 24 1/2 x 32 inches, Robert Havell, engraver, SOLD
Plate 183 – AMERICAN GOLDEN - CRESTED WREN (KINGLET). Nice image, bird shown with powdery thalia plant. $5,500
 

Plate 187- Boat-Tail Grackle two birds, male and female in moss-filled oak. Excellent color. J. Whatman 1834 watermark on front of print. Measures 24 3/4 x 35 1/2 inches and 1834 date also on front at lower right. Print has been conserved by Oppenheimer Inc with repairs along margins and upper image crease expertly hidden. This bird is found in the Southern US coastal regions. $6,500

Plate 192 - GREAT AMERICAN SHRIKE or BUTCHER BIRD - This print cleaned and restored, measures 21 ¼ x 27 ½ inches.  J. Whatman watermark visible in upper left vertical margin, one 2 ½ inch repair lower right margin, a few small margin repairs, dated 1843.  $3,750

Plate 288 - Yellow Shank
- Beautiful marsh landscape (view in South Carolina) great condition and color.  $8,000

Plate 373 - Evening Grosbeak and Spotted Grosbeak (Black Headed Grosbeak) - These beautiful birds are found in the northern regions from coast to coast, but most common in the central Northern US. Frame measures 31x43 inches, and is dated on the print 1837, beautiful color and condition. $3,500 framed plus shipping. Unframed $3,200. 
   
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