The Birds Of America

by Audubon, John James

Written by naturalist John James Audubon, the Birds of America is one of the most prized and collected books of all time. In addition to the stunning colors and detail in Audubon's work, it is noteworthy also because of its ambitious scope: to paint every bird in North America. Six of the birds painted have become extinct since its publication.

First Edition Identification

Originally published as a series of 425 loose hand-colored watercolor prints roughly 26 by 39 inches between 1827 and 1838, the Birds of America was collected in a five volume folio edition in 1838 (called the Harvell Edition). Subsequent editions were issued at a more affordable price in multi-volume octavo editions. One hundred twenty copies of the first edition are known to have survived complete, most now residing in institutions and libraries. The most recently sold copy went to an anonymous American collector at auction for $7.9 million in 2012.

Other Collectible or Notable Editions

Owing to its scarcity and desirability, even the later printed first octavo editions (1840s) generally run from $50,000-$100,000 and individual plates from the first folio edition can easily cost $30,000. However, despite - and in part owing to - its immense popularity, collectibility and hefty price tag, more accessible, collectible editions of Audubon's opus are available. Later editions from the 1850s can often be had in nice condition for four figures and individual prints from the octavo editions can be found for a few thousand dollars. A morocco bound edition printed in 11 volumes by Volair Limited can present an attractive version of the complete work for under $1,000.

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On Sep 14, 2016, Anonymous said

It is a very good book to bird watching with. He truly has a great eye for detail in his paintings. He has inspired me to draw the animals that I come in contact with while walking in the forest, around the Blue Ridge Mountains, at the coast, or where I may go or be at!

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1941
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1941
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Beautifully illustrated in full color folio size. This book is in excellent condition with some wear to points as is to be expected. Gilt stamped front cover. Insides of cover discolored due to age.
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The Macmillan Company, 1946. Hardcover. Very Good. This is a spectacular volume of 435 color prints ( 12in by 8 in . The interior of the book is in excellent condition and the prints are near fine . The cloth on the boards and the exterior page edges show soil and stains . The… Read more about this item
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1856. AUDUBON, John James. The Birds of America from Drawings Made in the United States and Their Territories. New York: V. G. Audubon, 1856-57. Seven volumes. Royal octavo, publisher's full brown morocco, elaborately decorated in blind, raised bands, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. $58,500.Second octavo edition, the first edition with fully colored backgrounds, containing 500 superb hand-colored plates.One of… Read more about this item
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NY:: Macmillan Company,. Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. 1965. Hardcover. 435 color plates. With a foreword and descriptive captions by William Vogt. Seventh printing thus. Lightly bumped corners, else near fine in a near fine dust jacket. An attractive, well preserved copy. .
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NY: Macmillan, 1962. Sixth printing. 4to, pp. xxvi, and 435 plates. With descriptions by William Vogt. Green cloth stamped in silver. Edges spotted, corners and ends of spine scuffed, o/w a VG tight copy in somewhat worn and soiled dj.
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Audubon's Birds of America Coloring Book (Dover Nature Coloring Book)

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Hardcover. Good. 4th printing, 1967. Would be very good, but for two things, 1: it has small stain on long page edges and even smaller one on bottom page edges. Probably the size of two pinheads side by side for larger. 2: If you just open the book you don't really notice, but if you fan the pages… Read more about this item
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Birds of America: the complete collection of 435 illustrations from the most famous bird book in the world

by John James Audubon

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