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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 Birds of America, Royal Octavo Edition

Following the success of his large folio, Audubon offered his birds in a miniature or Royal Octavo Edition which was lithographed and hand-colored in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania during 1840-44 by J.T. Bowen. These prints are originals, and Audubon issued the prints in a series by species. They were issued in 100 parts of 5, and eventually the customer subscriber bound them into 7 volumes of books. Audubon based these prints on his folio drawings but often varied them due to the smaller images. Each plate contains a single species and he also added some new species which had been discovered out West and had not reached him in time to be included in the folio work. These prints represent some of the finest hand-coloring work done in America and they are greatly prized by print collectors. The prints measure about six and one-half by ten inches. The prints offered below are in excellent condition. A ten-day return policy is offered on all sales.

In 1993 a book on the octavo edition titled Audubon's Great National Work, The Royal Octavo Edition of the Birds of America, was authored by Ron Tyler and published by the University of Texas Press. It is a valuable resource for octavo print collectors, but is out of print and very scarce. I have a few copies offered on my book list at the end of the table of contents.

As a note of interest, each print includes a statement of authorship in the lower left-hand corner, i.e., Drawn from Nature by J. J. Audubon, F.R.S.F.L.S. - the initials standing for Fellow, Royal Society; Fellow, Linnean Society. These were the two top natural history societies in England at the time Audubon published his bird folio. The name of J. T. Bowen, the lithographer, is printed in the lower right hand corner of the print. Often the initials of the artist who traced the drawing onto the lithographic stone are placed in the print just below the center of the drawing. Because of the volume of the work, Bowen sent a few of the plates to Endicott, an outstanding lithographer in New York, and Endicott's name appears on those plates.

~ FEATURED OCTAVO PRINT ~


Plate 405 Eider Duck (Common Eider) $450
~ First Edition ~


Plate 4 - Caracara Eagle $200

Plate 6 - Common Buzzard
(Swainson's Hawk)    $300

Plate 8- Harlan’s Buzzard   $150

Plate 12 - Golden Eagle  $300

Plate - 16 Black-shouldered Kite   $100

Plate - 21 Pigeon Falcon  $200

Plate 26 - Common Harrier  

Plate 44- American Swift $200


Plate - 47 Cliff Swallow  $100


Plate - 49 Violet-green Swallow $200

Plate - 50  Bank Swallow (foxing)  $75

Plate - 51 Rough-winged Swallow $100

Plate - 58 Cooper's Flycatcher  $125

Plate - 59 Say's Flycatcher $125

Plate - 60 Rocky Mountain Flycatcher
(Black Phoebe) $100

Plate - 61 Short-legged Pewit Flycatcher
(Alder Flycatcher) $100

Plate - 64 Wood Peewee $125

Plate - 65 Traill's Flycatcher $100

Plate - 66 Least Peewee $100

Plate 72 - Canada Flycatcher $300

Plate 74 - Kentucky Flycatcher $250

Plate - 78 Black-poll Wood Warbler $350

Plate 83 - Hemlock Warbler $200

Plate - 92 Townsend’s Wood Warbler $325

Plate - 94 – Black-throated Grey Warbler - $150

Plate - 96 Black and Yellow Wood Warbler (Magnolia Warbler) SOLD


Plate - 98 Blue Mountain Warbler $100


Plate - 100 Macgillivray's Ground  Warbler $100

Plate - 103 Delafield's Ground Warbler (Common Yellowthroat) $150

Plate - 107 Golden-winged Swamp Warbler $200


Plate - 109 Carbonated Swamp Warbler $200

Plate - 112 Orange-crowned Swamp Warbler $100

Plate - 116 Rock Wren $150

Plate - 118 Bewick's Wren $100

Plate - 122 Parkman's Wren
(Marsh Wren) $100

Plate - 124 Short-billed Marsh Wren
(Sedge Wren) $250

Plate - 127 Carolina Titmouse SOLD

Plate - 128 Hudson Bay Titmouse
(Boreal Chickadee) $250


Plate - 129 Chestnut-backed Titmouse (Chickadee) $125


Plate - 131 Cuvier's Kinglet SOLD

Plate - 132 American Golden-crested Kinglet $350

Plate - 133 Ruby-crowned Kinglet SOLD

Plate - 136 Arctic Bluebird
(Mountain Bluebird) $250

Plate - 139 Mountain Mockingbird $100

Plate - 143 Varied Thrush $200

Plate - 144 Wood Thrush $300

Plate - 146 Hermit Thrush $125

Plate - 147 Dwarf Thrush (Hermit Thrush) $200

150- American Pipit or Titlark $100

Plate - 151 Shore Lark (Horned Lark) $150

Plate - 152 Lapland Lark Bunting
(Longspur) $200

Plate - 153 Painted Lark Bunting
(Smith's Longspur) $125


Plate - 155 Snow Lark Bunting $200

Plate 156 - Black-throated Bunting $100

Plate - 157 Townsend's Bunting $100

Plate - 158 Lark Bunting (Lark Sparrow) $75

Plate 160- Savannah Bunting $250

Plate - 162 Yellow-wing Bunting (Grasshopper Sparrow) $200


Plate - 165 Chipping Bunting
(Chipping Sparrow) $200


Plate - 166 - Canada Bunting (Tree Sparrow) $250 

Plate - 167 Common Snow Bird
(Dark-eyed Junco) SOLD

Plate 171- Lazuli Finch $300

Plate - 175 Swamp Sparrow $175

Plate - 176 Bachman's Pinewood Finch (Bachman's Sparrow) $325

182 Plate - Black-Headed Goldfinch
 (Black-Headed Siskin) $100

Plate - 183 – Arkansas Goldfinch $325

Plate - 187 Brown Finch (Fox Sparrow) $50

Plate - 188 Townsend's Finch
(Song Sparrow) $50

Plate - 190 Martin's Finch $100

Plate - 193 Black and Yellow-Crowned Finch $200

Plate - 196 Crested Purple Finch $250

Plate - 197 Crimson-fronted Purple Finch (House Finch) $300

Plate - 201 White-Wing Crossbill
SOLD

Plate - 202 Prairie Lark Finch (Lark Bunting) $100

Plate - 206 Black-headed Song Grosbeak $200

Plate - 207 Evening Grosbeak $250 (MB)

Plate - 208 Summer Red-bird SOLD

Plate - 209 Scarlet Tanager $200

Plate - 215 Red and Black-shouldered Marsh Blackbird
(Red-winged Blackbird) $150

Plate - 218 Bullock's Troopial
(Bullock's Oriole) SOLD

Plate - 222 Rusty Crow Blackbird $150

Plate - 229 Columbia Magpie or Jay
(Magpie Jay) ~ Mat Burn $250

Plate - 232 Ultramarine Jay (Scrub Jay) $150

Plate - 234 Canada Jay (Gray Jay) $300

Plate - 235 Clark's Nutcracker $200

Plate - 240 White-eyed Vireo $50

Plate - 242 Bartram's Vireo
(Red-eyed Vireo) $150

Plate 244 - Yellow-breasted Chat $150

Plate 246 - Cedar Bird or Cedar Wax-wing $450

Plate 247 - White-breasted Nuthatch $300

Plate - 248 Red-bellied Nuthatch $450

Plate - 249 Brown-headed Nuthatch $150

Plate - 250 California Nuthatch
(Pygmy Nuthatch) $125


Plate - 255 – Belted Kingfisher SOLD


Plate - 258 Canadian Woodpecker
(Hairy Woodpecker) $100


Plate - 261 Harris' Woodpecker
(Hairy Woodpecker) $100


Plate - 262 Hairy Woodpecker $200


Plate - 265 Audubon's Woodpecker
(Hairy Woodpecker) $200


Plate - 266 Red-breasted Woodpecker
(Red-breasted Sapsucker) $100

Plate - 268 Arctic Three-toed Woodpecker (Black-backed Woodpecker) $250

Plate - 269 Banded Three-toed Woodpecker (Three-toed Woodpecker) $125

Plate - 270 Red-bellied Woodpecker SOLD

Plate - 271 - Red-headed Woodpecker -
SOLD

Plate - 272 – Lewis Woodpecker - $250

Plate - 274 – Red-shafted Woodpecker
or Flicker - $250

Plate 275 - Yellow-billed Cuckoo $200

Plate - 277 Mangrove Cuckoo $350

Plate - 281 Zenaida Dove $350

Plate 282- Key West Dove $300

Plate - 283 Ground Dove SOLD


Plate - 284 Blue-headed Ground Dove or Pigeon (Quail Dove) $250


Plate 291- Plumed Partridge $300

Plate - 292 Welcome Partridge
(Crested Bobwhite) $100

293- Plumed Partridge $50

Plate - 297 – Cock-of-the-Plain (Sage Grouse) $200

Plate - 300 American Ptarmigan
(Rock Ptarmigan) $250

Plate - 301 Rock Ptarmigan $200


Plate - 302 White-tailed Ptarmigan $300


Plate - 303 Purple Gallinule $300

Plate - 304 Common Gallinule $125

Plate - 307 Yellow-breasted Rai


Plate -
308 Least Water Rail (Black Rail) $200

Plate - 315 Black-bellied Plover $250

Plate - 316 American Golden Plover $250

Plate -  318 Rocky Mountain Plover
(Mountain Plover) $100

Plate 319 Wilson's Plover $150

Plate 320 American Ring Plover $200

Plate 321 - Piping Plover (mat burn) $125

Plate 322 Townsend's Surfbird
(Surfbird) $100

Plate 328 Red-breasted Sandpiper
(Red Knot) $150

Plate 330 Purple Sandpiper $200

Plate 335 Schinz's Sandpiper
(White-rumped Sandpiper) $200

Plate 336 Semi-palmated Sandpiper $300

Plate 338 Sanderling Sandpiper $450

Plate 339 Red Phalarope $325

Plate 348 Great Marbled Godwit $150

Plate 349 Hudsonian Godwit $150


Plate
351 Red-breasted Snipe $125

Plate 353 American Avocet $400

Plate 356 Hudsonian Curlew
(Whimbrel) $200

Plate 357 Esquimaux Curlew
(Eskimo Curlew) $150

Plate 359 - Scarlet Ibis $400

Plate 365 - American Bittern $200

Plate 366 - Least Bittern $200

371- Reddish Egret $800

Plate 378 - Barnacle Goose $150


Plate 379 - Brant Goose $150

Plate 381 - Snow Goose $350

Plate 383 - Trumpeter Swan (young)
(Tundra Swan) $450

Plate 384 - American Swan $450


Plate 388 - American Gadwall $250


Plate 389 - American Widgeon $400

Plate 393 - Blue-winged Teale $400

Plate 394 - Shoveller Duck $400


Plate 397 Scaup Duck (Greater Scaup) $350


Plate 401 Velvet Duck
(White-winged Scoter) $125

Plate 402 Black or Surf Duck (Surf Scoter) $125

Plate 403 American Scoter Duck
(Black Scoter) $100

Plate 404 King Duck (King Eider) $350

Plate 405 Eider Duck (Common Eider) $450

Plate 407 Western Duck (Steller's Eider) $150

Plate 409 Harlequin Duck $350

Plate 410 Long-tailed Duck (Oldsquaw) $350

Plate 414 White Merganser Smew
(Smew) $250

Plate 417 Florida Cormorant $350
 
Plate 418 Townsend's Cormorant (Brandt's cormorant) $125

Plate 419 Violet-green Cormorant
(Pelagis Cormorant) $100

Plate 420 Anhinga $550

Plate 422 American White Pelican $1,600

Plate 423 Brown Pelican $1,600

425- Common Gannet $400

Plate 426 Booby Gannet (Brown Booby) $325

Plate 428 - Black Skimmer $350

Plate 429 Cayenne Tern $450 

Plate 430 Gull-billed Tern $200

Plate 434 Havell's Tern (Forster's Tern) $200

438 Black Tern $200

Plate 439 - Least Tern $200

Plate 440 Noddy Tern $125

Plate 441 Fork-tailed Gull
(Sabine's Gull) $125

Plate 446 Common or Ring-billed Gull $300

Plate 447 White-winged Silvery Gull (Iceland Gull) $125

Plate 450 Great Black-backed Gull $125

Plate 451 Pomerine Jager $125

Plate 452 Richardson's Jager
(Parasitic Jager) $125

Plate 453 Arctic Jager
(long-tailed Jager) $250

Plate 454 Dusky Albatross
(Light-mantled Albatross $125

Plate 455 Fulmar Petrel
(Northern Fulmar) $125

Plate 456 Wandering Shearwater
(Greater Shearwater) $125

Plate 457 Manks Shearwater
(Manx Shearwater) $100

Plate 458 Dusky Shearwater
(Audubon's Shearwater) $125

Plate 459 Leach's or Fork-tail Petrel
(Leach's Storm Petrel) $100

Plate 460 Wilson's Petrel
(Wilson's Storm Petrel) $100

Plate 461 Least Petrel - Mother Carey's Chicken $125

Plate 463 Long-billed Puffin $400

Plate 466 Razor-billed Auk
(Razorbill) $150

Plate 467 Curled-crested Phaleris
(Crested Auklet) $150

Plate 468 Knobbed-billed Phaleris $150

Plate 469  Little Auk or Sea Dove
(Dovekie) $150

Plate 470 Black-throated Guillemot (Ancient Murrelet) $125

Plate 471 Horned-billed Guillemot (Rhinoceros Auklet) $125

Plate 472 Long-billed Guillemot
(Thick-billed Murre) $125

Plate 473 Foolish Guillemot-Murre
(Common Murre) $150

Plate 474 Black Guillemot $125

Plate 475 Slender-billed Guillemot
(Marbled Murrelet) $125

Plate 479 Crested Grebe $200

Plate 480 Red-necked Grebe $250

Plate 481 Horned Grebe $200

Plate 482 Eared Grebe $75

Plate 483 Pied-billed Dobchick $200

Plate 484 Harris' Finch
(Harris' Sparrow) $150

Plate 486 Sprague's Missouri Lark (Sprague's Pipit) $150

Plate 487 Smith's Lark Bunting
(Smith's Longspur) $150

491- Least Flycatcher $300

Plate 492 Brewer's Blackbird $150

Plate 493 Shattuck's Bunting
(Clay-colored Sparrow) $100

494- Missouri Red Moustached Woodpecker $100

Plate 495 Nuttall's Whip-poor-will (Common Poorwill) $150

Plate 496 - Texan Turtle Dove - $300

Plate 498 Common Scaup Duck
(Greater Scaup) $300

Plate 500 Baird's Bunting
(Baird's Sparrow) $150
     
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