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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 Viviparous Quadrupeds Of North America (1845-48)

In the early 1840's Audubon decided to paint the animals of North America. Having achieved worldwide fame with his "Birds", he joined with his son, John, and Dr. John Bachman of Charleston, S.C. to draw and describe America's quadrupeds. Like the birds, the animal paintings have no equal and are still considered the finest animal prints published in America. Audubon and his sons produced 150 folio drawings, measuring approximately 22 x 28 inches, hand-printed, and hand-colored by J. T. Bowen of Philadelphia. Each print is dated. John and Victor Audubon helped with the drawings with John being credited for many of the later plates as his father's health declined.

The below listed prints are Imperial Folio, First Edition Originals, with excellent color unless noted otherwise. About 300 sets were published.

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. 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, unlikely 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.

(Some of the prints on this list (those marked with an asterisk*) were part of an exhibition titled JOHN JAMES AUDUBON IN THE WEST - THE LAST EXPEDITION - Mammals of North America. This exhibition was originated by the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming, where it opened on June 23, 2000. The exhibit then appeared at the Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, PA, October 29, 2000 until January 21, 2001; the Houston Museum of Natural Science, Houston, TX, March 24 until May 28, 2001, and finally at the Autry Museum of Western Heritage, Los Angeles, CA, June 23 until September 10, 2001. A book titled AUDUBON IN THE WEST was published to accompany these exhibitions, and photos of some of the prints appear in the book. Thus, these particular prints have a special provenance in that they were exhibited in prominent museums. The Certificate of Authenticity which is given with each print will refer to this exhibition in those cases where the print was used. Ed Kenney.)

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 Viviparous Quadruped Print ~

Plate 109 -
CALIFORNIA MARMOT SQUIRREL (MEXICAN GROUND SQUIRREL) -
Mountain setting with cactus in foreground. Dated 1847. $1,200
~ Following is a list of the plates ~

Plate 5 - RICHARDSON'S COLUMBIAN SQUIRREL
(RED SQUIRREL) - Beautiful composition of two Red Squirrels on birch tree trunk.  Occurs from Arctic Circle south (in the mountains) to northern South Carolina and southern New Mexico.  Dated 1842.  $3,500


Plate 7 - CAROLINA SQUIRREL
-  Important image of a widely distributed squirrel, full sheet, 21 x 28 inches, excellent color and condition, dated 1844. Squirrels shown in Sycamore tree.  $2,500

Plate 11 - TEXAN SKUNK
 - This animal, found mainly in the Southwest, named after state where Audubon's specimen was found. Good color and composition - lithography by John Bowen, measures 21 1/4 x 27 inches. Dated 1845. SOLD

Plate 13 – MUSK RAT
– Family group near water. Important aquatic animal. Dated 1843. $1,500

Plate 20 - TOWNSEND’S GROUND SQUIRREL (Townsend’s Chipmunk)
- Largest of western chipmunks, likes brushy habitat. Nice condition and color. $2,250

Plate 24 -  FOUR-STRIPED GROUND SQUIRREL
(COLORADO CHIPMUNK) – Very nice landscape with squirrels reaching for blue and red berries. Dated 1843. $2,000* 

Plate 26 - WOLVERINE
- Stunning composition of this important and threatened animal - mascot, Michigan University football team.  Framed to museum standards, dated 1843. Margin restoration.  SOLD

Plate 28 – COMMON FLYING SQUIRREL
this high demand print shows these charming creatures flying through the air and nesting in a tree trunk, full sheet in excellent condition, measures 21 x 27 inches.
$3,250

Plate 35 - MIGRATORY SQUIRREL
(EASTERN GREY SQUIRREL) - Important squirrel, dated 1844.  $2,750


Plate 39 – LEOPARD SPERMOPHILE (THIRTEEN-LINED GROUND SQUIRREL)
– Two beautiful western chipmunks with Missouri River and Ft. Union in distant background. Excellent color and condition. Dated 1844. $1,200

Plate 40 - WHITE FOOTED MOUSE
- An abundant species found all over U.S. Dated 1843. SOLD 


Plate 42 - AMERICAN SKUNK –
Important American animal. SOLD

Plate 45 - WILSON'S MEADOW MOUSE (MEADOW MOLE)
- Very nice landscape. Dated 1844. $650

Plate 49 - DOUGLASS'S SPERMOPHILE
(CALIFORNIA GROUND SQUIRREL) - Also found in Oregon.  $350

Plate 65 - LITTLE HARVEST MOUSE
- Classic Audubon mice in cornfield.  SOLD

Plate 72 - WHITE (GRAY) WOLF
- Audubon found this wolf abundant in Missouri and along the Yellow Stone River. It is one of various hybrids with the Black Wolf (plate 67) which is found farther South, especially in Kentucky. This print has some small margin repairs, color excellent, measures 21 x 27 inches, dated 1846. $3,500

Plate 75 - CAROLINA SHREW
$300

Plate 78 - BLACK-TAILED DEER
(MULE DEER) - Audubon shown as hunter in background. Dated 1845.  $2,500

Plate 84 - FRANKLIN'S GROUND SQUIRREL
- One of my favorite of all of Audubon's animal prints. Indian war party in right background and Indian village in center background.  This critter is found from western Indiana and Kansas to Saskatchewan.  Dated 1846.
SSOLD

Plate 99 - PRAIRIE DOG
– Important animal. Dated 1846. $3,500

Plate 100 - MISSOURI MOUSE
(NORTHERN GRASSHOPPER MOUSE) - Western mouse. Mat burn. Dated 1846. $850*

Plate 105 – COLUMBIA POUCHED RAT
(NORTHERN POCKET GOPHER) – River and mountains in background. Dated 1846. Trimmed.  $300*

Plate 106 - COLUMBIAN BLACK-TAILED DEER
- Excellent condition and color, major western area quadruped, 21 3/4 x 27 3/4 inches, dated 1847.  SOLD

Plate 107 - LEWIS' MARMOT
(YELLOW-BELLIED MARMOT) - Impressive animal, with large green vine in background.  $650

Plate 109 - CALIFORNIA MARMOT SQUIRREL
(MEXICAN GROUND SQUIRREL) - Mountain setting with cactus in foreground. Dated 1847. $1,200

Plate 110 – MOLE-SHAPED POUCHED RAT
( NORTHERN POCKET GOPHER) – Lake Scene. Dated 1847. Trimmed. $300*

Plate 113 - ESKIMO DOG
- Stunning portrait of this domestic work dog with wonderful Alaskan lodge, natives and harnessed dog in background.  $2,500

Plate 120 – TAWNY'S/BACK’S LEMMING
(BROWN LEMMING) - Beautiful landscape of mountains, grass. Dated 1847. $450*

Plate 128 -ROCKY MOUNTAIN GOAT - this goat is seen throughout the Rocky Mountains. Print measures 21 x 27 inches and is dated 1847. SOLD

Plate 130 – POUCHED JEROBA MOUSE
(PHILLIPS KANGAROO RAT) – A species found on Western plains. Dated 1847. $350

Plate 142 – CAMAS RAT
(NORTHERN POCKET GOPHER) –
Family group on seashore. Dated 1848. $950*

Plate 143 – NORTHERN FLYING SQUIRREL –
this squirrel is found in the northern and western regions of the US. The print is damaged along the borders with tape repairs and paper losses. However, these problems matt out effectively as shown by the picture.
SOLD

Plate 147 – AMERICAN SOUSLIK, OREGON MEADOW MOUSE AND TEXAS MEADOW MOUSE
- Very nice. Dated 1848. $450
     
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