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The Last Passenger Pigeon
Died: September 1, 1914
One Hundred Years of Extinction

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Fine Condition. Original Chromolithograph from Jacob Henry Studer's The Birds of North America. Folio. 11.25 x 14.5 inches, archivally matted in Olde Tan French mat sized to 16 x 20 inches, and suitable for framing. Jacob Henry Studer (1840-1904), printer and publisher, utilized chromolithography- color printed lithograph- as an affordable means of capturing both the brilliant plumage and  the delicate shading of the birds, depicted in their natural surroundings by Theodore Jasper, doctor and amateur Ornithologist. Jasper followed the tradition of John James Audubon (1770-1851), who was preceded by Alexander Wilson (1766-1813), in an effort to document and render all species of birds found in nineteenth century North America. Drawing from accounts of not only J.J. Audubon and Wilson- supreme naturalists in their own right- but  also the most eminent writers on Ornithology and nature of the day, the insightful text which accompanies the plate provides a thorough and lively account of each species and the native American landscape of the nineteen century. Although inspired by the artistry and genius of John James Audubon, Theodore Jasper's compositions-often populated with a multitude of birds rendered in a flat paper cutout style- are reminiscent of the engravings by Alexander Wilson for his introductory work on America's birds: American Ornithology, or The Natural History of the Birds of the United States, Philadelphia 1808-14. (Bennet 63, Wood 406,585, Sitwell, 145). Plate LXXV Great Auk[extinct] Common or Foolish Murre, Giant Petrel, Common Puffin, Tufted Puffins, Fulmar, Petrel, Stormy Petrel [endangered] Studer's Popular Ornithology. The Birds of North America.
Studer, Jacob Henry. Jasper, Theodore (Illus.).

Price: $150.00

A fine original hand-colored lithograph on paper. Sheet size: 6.5 x 10.25 inches. Drawn from nature by J. J. Audubon, FRS, FLS and lithographed, printed and colored by JT Bowen, Philadelphia from The First Royal Octavo Edition of John James Audubon's The Birds of America. Includes the text from Audubon's Ornithological Biography. The Royal Octavo Edition of The Birds of America represents John James Audubon's desire to create a democratic (affordable) work based his magnum opus; the Double Elephant Folio Edition of The Birds of America.  Satisfied with his research, as well as his portrayals of North America's native and distinct bird species, J.J. Audubon here rendered a miniature yet unique version of The Birds of America.As is the case with prolific artists, Audubon continued to improve upon a body of work which was viewed as perfection. During the mid-19th century, there were no photomechanical means of reproduction, every composition was then redrawn by hand, with the aid of the Camera Lucida. For this Royal Octavo Edition Audubon and his assistants translated the 435 compositions of the Double Elephant Folio edition into 500 unique compositions of individual species. Previously documented groups of heretofore unrelated birds were now separated and divided according to species, and portrayed either on a new botanical perch or within a renewed landscape. Unlike the life-sized portraits of the Double Elephant Folio edition each bird was now sized to scale on the octavo-sized plate; approximately 6.5 x 10.25 inches. With this slight alteration, Audubon created a perfected composition, and thus offered a charming vignette view of the bird, or family of birds in its natural setting. For the Royal Octavo Edition, Audubon enlisted America's premier lithographers, JT Bowen and Co. in Philadelphia and Endicott in New York to produce the work. Every  composition was drawn on a limestone tablet, inked, printed and then hand-colored with watercolor. In this format Audubon presented the undocumented birds discovered during his explorations of the American West, but not previously included in the Double Elephant Folio Edition of The Birds of America.  As with the folio edition, the Royal Octavo Edition was sold by subscription. One hundred individual packets of five hand-colored lithographs and accompanying text; Audubon's Ornithological Biography, was sent to the subscriber. It  was issued the first and fifteenth of each month for four subsequent years. The pagination of the Royal Octavo Edition was organized to be bound in seven volumes. This successful and popular work of American ornithology was produced in an eventual eight editions, the final edition of which was issued in 1870 by George Lockwood, New York. (Wood, Casey. An Introduction to the Literature of Vertebrate Literature. London: Oxford University Press, 1931. Tyler, Ron. Audubon's Great National Work. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1993. ) Pl. 400 Pied Duck (Labrador Duck, extinct) The Birds of America, from Drawings Made in the United States and Their Territories
Audubon, John James .

Price: $400.00

Fine Condition. Original Chromolithograph from Jacob Henry Studer's The Birds of North America. Folio. 11.25 x 14.5 inches, archivally matted in Olde Tan French mat sized to 16 x 20 inches, and suitable for framing. Jacob Henry Studer (1840-1904), printer and publisher, utilized chromolithography- color printed lithograph- as an affordable means of capturing both the brilliant plumage and  the delicate shading of the birds, depicted in their natural surroundings by Theodore Jasper, doctor and amateur Ornithologist. Jasper followed the tradition of John James Audubon (1770-1851), who was preceded by Alexander Wilson (1766-1813), in an effort to document and render all species of birds found in nineteenth century North America. Drawing from accounts of not only J.J. Audubon and Wilson- supreme naturalists in their own right- but  also the most eminent writers on Ornithology and nature of the day, the insightful text which accompanies the plate provides a thorough and lively account of each species and the native American landscape of the nineteen century. Although inspired by the artistry and genius of John James Audubon, Theodore Jasper's compositions-often populated with a multitude of birds rendered in a flat paper cutout style- are reminiscent of the engravings by Alexander Wilson for his introductory work on America's birds: American Ornithology, or The Natural History of the Birds of the United States, Philadelphia 1808-14. (Bennet 63, Wood 406,585, Sitwell, 145). Plate XLV The Turnstone, Esquimaux Curlew, Hudsonian Curlew Studer's Popular Ornithology. The Birds of North America.
Studer, Jacob Henry. Jasper, Theodore (Illus.).

Price: $150.00

Original hand-colored lithograph drawn from nature by J. J. Audubon, FRS, FLS and lithographed, printed and colored by JT Bowen, Philadelphia from The First Royal Octavo Edition  of Audubon's The Birds of America (6.5 x 10.25 inches). Includes the text and Lowry-James Rare Prints & Books Certificate of Authenticity. The Royal Octavo Edition of The Birds of America represents John James Audubon's desire to create a democratic work based his magnum opus, the Double Elephant Folio Edition of The Birds of America.  Satisfied with his research, as well as his portrayals of America's birds, Audubon chose to offer a miniature version of The Birds of America. In addition, as a revolutionary entrepreneur Audubon wanted to create another revenue stream for his family. As is the case with prolific and independent artists, Audubon continued to improve upon a body of work which many viewed as perfection. During the mid 19th century, there were no photomechanical means of reproduction, which meant every composition was then redrawn by hand, with the aid of the Camera Lucida. For this Royal Octavo Edition Audubon and his assistants translated the 435 compositions of the Double Elephant Folio into 500 renewed images.  Each bird was hereby presented as single species. Groups of heretofore unrelated birds were separated and divided according to species, and thus now presented either on a new botanical perch or within a renewed landscape. These Royal Octavo-sized birds were not portrayed life-sized, as they were for the Double Elephant Folio Edition. Each bird was now sized to scale on the Octavo (6.5 x 10.25 inch) page. With this slight alteration, Audubon created a perfected composition, and offered vignetted view of the bird in its natural setting. For the Royal Octavo Edition, Audubon enlisted America's premier lithographers, JT Bowen and Co. in Philadelphia and Endicott in New York to produce the work. Every one of the compositions was drawn on a limestone tablet, inked, printed and then hand-colored with watercolor. In this format Audubon presented the undocumented birds discovered during his explorations of America's west, but not previously included in the Double Elephant Folio Edition of The Birds of America.  As with the Folio edition, the Royal Octavo Edition was sold by subscription. 100 individual packets of 5 hand-colored lithographs and accompanying text, Audubon's Ornithological Biography, was sent to the subscriber. It  was issued the first and fifteenth of each month for four subsequent years. The pagination of the Royal Octavo Edition was organized to be bound in seven volumes. This successful and popular work of American ornithology was produced in an eventual eight editions, the final edition of which was issued in 1870 by George Lockwood, New York. (Wood, Casey. An Introduction to the Literature of Vertebrate Literature. London: Oxford University Press, 1931. Tyler, Ron. Audubon's Great National Work. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1993. ) Pl. 465 Great Auk The Birds of America, from Drawings Made in the United States and Their Territories
Audubon, John James .

Price: $1,000.00

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