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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.

Plate 5 - BONAPARTE'S WARBLER (CANADA WARBLER) - With red magnolia seed pod.  A stunning print, full sheet, J. Whatman watermark.  One of ten that were engraved by W. H.  Lizars.  With custom rag French mat.  Framed.  $7,500

Plate 7 - PURPLE GRACKLE (COMMON CROW BLACKBIRD) - Two birds in corn stalks, Audubon classic image, engraved by W. H. Lizars, Edinburgh, Scotland, retouched by Robert Havell, London, 1829, J. Whatman watermark, 1836.  Measures  25 1/2 x 38 1/2 inches, nice color.  $14,500

Plate 10 - BROWN LARK (WATER PIPIT) - A truly beautiful, unique piece of art.  This print has a deckle edge, never bound, measures 26 1/2 x 39 inches, J. Whatman Turkey Mill 1828 watermark, engraved by W. H. Lizars, printed and colored by Robert Havell, Sr.  Uniform creamy paper, as in Turkey Mill paper, one very minor corner repair.  Unique in that Plate No. "X" is in center, with No. 2 just to right of plate number.  Birds perched reaching for fly, with toadstools in foreground.  $2,750

Plate 15 - BLUE YELLOW-BACKED WARBLER (PARULA WARBLER) - Trimmed to near platemark, otherwise nice color and condition, very decorative.  $2,200

Plate 16 - PRAIRIE WARBLER - Excellent color and condition, one of early plates with plate number on top left, engraved by R. Havell, Jr. and printed and colored by R. Havell, Sr.  J. Whatman Turkey Mill watermark, dated 1827.  Measures 38 1/4 x 25 3/4 inches.  $4,500

Plate 17 - CAROLINA PIGEON OR TURTLE DOVE - Important print, first state, four birds around nest, J. Whatman Turkey Mill watermark, R. Havell & Son, London, measures 23 3/4 x 31 1/2 inches. One small margin repair, image set in plant of Silky Stewartia.  $8,500

Plate 17 - CAROLINA TURTLE DOVE - High demand print, common birds in Silky Stewartia shrub, J. Whatman Turkey Mill watermark, R. Havell, measures 24 1/2 x 34 inches, two margin repairs.  $18,500

Plate 23 - YELLOW-BREASTED WARBLER (COMMON YELLOWTHROAT) - Lovely image of this beautiful warbler with striking Silverbell flower in center of drawing.  Full sheet, J. Whatman watermark, 1831.  Second state of two, name changed from Maryland Yellowthroat.  $5,750

Plate 31 - WHITE-HEADED EAGLE (BALD EAGLE) - Nice impression of national bird, major Audubon print with eagle and catfish.  J. Whatman Turkey Mill watermark, dated 1828, measures 25 x 38 inches, first variant.  $25,000

Plate 45 - TRAILL'S FLYCATCHER (WILLOW FLYCATCHER) - This interesting composition finds the bird perched atop a branch in a Sweetgum Tree.  Unusual full untrimmed sheet with J. Whatman 1831 watermark.  Second of two states.  $2,750

Plate 47 - RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD - Major print, measures 24 x 36 inches, J. Whatman watermark 1832, several minor margin tears repaired.  Excellent color.   $24,500

Plate 54 - RICE BIRD - Great image of Bobolink with colorful red maple flower pods.  $5,750

Plate 55 - CUVIER'S REGULUS (Golden-crowned Kinglet?) - One of Audubon's mystery birds, crown color of  Ruby-crowned Kinglet, head markings more like Golden-crowned Kinglet.  In beautiful Kalmia or Laurel bush.  Measures 21 1/4 x 29 1/4 inches.  J. Whatman 1833 watermark.  $3,200  SOLD

Plate 83 - HOUSE WREN - Classic Audubon, wren nesting in hat, trimmed to 15 3/4 x 23 1/2 inches.  $3,750

Plate 89 - NASHVILLE WARBLER  - Trimmed to 17 x 24 inches, nice color, watermark separate but accompanies print.  Faint discoloration.  $1,400

Plate 94 - BAY-WING BUNTING - Very decorative image.  Bay-wing Bunting on ground with Eastern Prickley Pear Cactus, trimmed to 16 x 24 inches, in French mat, dated 1830.   A lovely print.  $2,800

Plate 107 - CANADA JAY - Impressive print with birds near hornet's nest.  Measures 23 3/4 x 29 1/2 inches, dated 1831, London, with J. Whatman watermark.  Slight paper crease below upper leaves on right and below legend in lower right corner.  Margins good.  $4,700

Plate 121 - SNOWY OWL - A real buy at one-tenth price for full sheet. This print trimmed to image, only missing printed margins. Size is  35 x 24 inches, with J. Whatman watermark along lower right vertical margin.  Excellent color, comes with linen mat, framed.  $16,000

Plate 122 - BLUE GROSBEAK - Three birds with nest, in dogwood tree, on J. Whatman paper dated 1831, with unobtrusive central horizontal fold, with Japan rice paper backing, good colors, full sheet.   $4,200 

Plate 122 - BLUE GROSBEAK (second copy) - Good color, measures 20 3/4 x 26 inches, three birds with nest.  $2,800  SOLD

Plate 126 - WHITE-HEADED OR BALD EAGLE (Young) - Dramatic pose of bird reaching skyward, full sheet, J. Whatman watermark.  $14,000

Plate 137 - YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT - Striking image of these birds descending into nest placed in pink sweetbriar rose vines, with J. Whatman 1832 watermark, measures 25 x 38 inches, good color.  $9,500

Plate 141 - GOSHAWK AND STANLEY HAWK -  Good color but attenuated. J.  Whatman watermark, dated 1834, measures 25 1/2 x 38 inches.  $7,500

Plate 142 - SPARROW HAWK (KESTREL) - Nice impression, J. Whatman Turkey Mill watermark, good color, slightly trimmed.  A striking image of three falcons with kill, large margin restoration.  $4,750

Plate 145 - YELLOW RED-POLL WARBLER (Palm Warbler) - Very decorative full sheet, birds in Southern Sneezeweed blooms, with J. Whatman Turkey Mill Watermark dated 1834.  Print dated 1832, measures 26 1/2 x 38 inches.  $4,500

Plate 146 - FISH CROW - Coastal species along Atlantic coast, shown in honey locust tree with crab, full sheet, 1832 J. Whatman watermark.  $8,500

Plate 167 - KEY WEST DOVE - Second state, excellent color.  Measures 23 1/2 x 29 1/2 inches.  J. Whatman watermark, dated 1838.  Print dated 1833.  $6,500

Plate 168 - FORK-TAILED FLYCATCHER - One of Audubon's most decorative images.  Good color, measures 18 x 25 1/2 inches.  Portion of Whatman watermark visible, dated 1833.  $4,500

Plate 173 - BARN SWALLOW - Nice copy of this popular image, with J. Whatman watermark dated 1833, full sheet.  $6,500

Plate 175 - NUTTALL'S LESSER MARSH WREN  (SHORT-BILLED MARSH WREN) - Very nice, full sheet, unusual composition with much foliage.  J. Whatman watermark.  $5,750  SOLD

Plate 179 - WOOD WREN (House Wren) - Very decorative print with red and blue berries, one bird on rock.   Measures    25 1/2 x 37 inches.  $5,500

Plate 187 - BOAT-TAILED GRACKLE - Birds shown in Live Oak, spectacular original color, stunning impact, in acid free French mat with grey, black margins, measures 21 1/4 x 27 1/2 inches.  J. Whatman 1834 watermark in upper right corner, dated 1834.  Although trimmed, a stunning work of art.  $5,500

Plate 192 - GREAT AMERICAN SHRIKE or BUTCHER BIRD - This print cleaned and restored, measures 21 1/4 x 27 1/2 inches.  J. Whatman watermark visible in upper left vertical margin, one 2 1/2 inch repair lower right margin, a few small margin repairs, dated 1843.  $3,750

Plate 215 - HYPERBOREAN PHALAROPE - Great action image of this shore bird, excellent color, measures 25 x 37 1/2 inches, J. Whatman watermark, 1834. $3,500

Plate 225 - KILDEER PLOVER - Great horizontal image of this beautiful bird, with 1836 J. Whatman watermarked paper, measures 25 1/2 x 38 inches.  $5,750

Plate 257 - DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT - Most common of east coast cormorants, J. Whatman watermark dated 1835, unobtrusive repaired margin tear.  Measures 25 1/2 x 36 inches.  $6,500

Plate 259 - HORNED GREBE - Lovely image of this water bird, formerly owned by Merv Griffin. Measures 25 x 31 inches, dated 1835.  $2,750

Plate 274 - SEMI-PALMATED SNIPE OR WILLET - Striking action scene in marsh with these common shore birds.  Dated 1835, laid down, measures 25 x 31 inches, chip in corner.  $3,750

Plate 279 - SANDWICH TERN (CABOL'S TERN) - Audubon found this bird in Florida Keys in 1832.  A spiny lobster, which Audubon called a crayfish, in foreground.  Trimmed inside plate mark. Engraved by Havell, 1835.  $1,900

Plate 280 - BLACK TERN - Two birds in flight, dated 1835, measures 20 1/4 x 26 1/2 inches.  $2,500

Plate 287 - IVORY GULL - Excellent color, very decorative.  J. Whatman watermark, 20 x 29 inches.  Framed to look like painting  $2,900

Plate 288 - YELLOW SHANK (LESSER YELLOW LEGS) - Striking color, trimmed to plate mark, 16 x 22 inches, framed to look like painting.   View in South Carolina.  $4,750

Plate 296 - BARNACLE GOOSE - Powerful image of two geese confronting each other.  Full sheet, great color, J. Whatman watermark. Dated 1836.    $8,500  SOLD

Plate 298 - RED-NECKED GREBE - Splash of color and beauty.  Birders always see this bird in water, but Audubon drew them perched on land in breeding plumage - big feet and all.  Best color I have seen, great lake setting - a classic!  Full sheet, top condition, J. Whatman watermark.  $6,500

Plate 308 - TELL-TALE GODWIT (GREATER YELLOWLEGS) - Full sheet, J. Whatman watermark, excellent color, great landscape.  $12,000

Plate 321 - ROSEATE SPOONBILL - A real buy at one-tenth price for full sheet, trimmed to image, all printed margins lost. Handsomely framed with linen mat, appears as original watercolor. Excellent color with J. Whatman watermark.  SOLD

Plate 328 - LONG-LEGGED AVOCET (BLACK-NECKED STILT) - Whimsical image of this beautiful bird, nice impression, dated 1836, measures 25 1/2 x 38 inches, good color.  $6,500

Plate 353 -CHESTNUT-BACKED TITMOUSE (Chestnut-backed Chickadee), BLACK-CAPPED TITMOUSE (Black-capped Chickadee) AND CHESTNUT-CROWNED TITMOUSE (Bushtit) - Measures 25 x 38 inches, J. Whatman watermark 1837.  Very attractive composition with three species around long moss nest, dated 1837.   $4,750

Plate 355 - MACGILLIVRAY'S FINCH OR SEASIDE SPARROW - This declining species in nice composition with two butterflies.  Dated 1837, measures 20 x 29 1/2 inches, J. Whatman watermark upper right corner, date trimmed.  Very decorative.  $3,750

Plate 356 - MARSH HAWK (now named Harrier) - Full sheet, measures 38 1/4 x 25 3/8 inches, J. Whatman watermark, dated 1837, excellent color.  $13,500  SOLD

Plate 382 - SHARP-TAILED GROUSE - Full sheet, important western prairie game bird.  J. Whatman watermark, excellent condition, framed.  $14,500

Plate 389 - RED-COCKADED WOODPECKER - Very important, endangered bird, beautiful color, print in nice condition,        24 1/2 x 36 1/2 inches, dated 1837.  Two small margin repairs not visible from front, J. Whatman watermark, 1837.  $5,500

Plate 390 - LARK FINCH (Lark Sparrow), PRAIRIE FINCH (Lark Bunting) and BROWN SONG SPARROW (Song Sparrow)  Measures 25 x 37 1/2 inches, 1837 J. Whatman watermark.  Dated 1837.  $1,900

Plate 392 - LOUISIANA HAWK (Harris Hawk) - Stunning rendition of this bird, great color, J. Whatman watermark, 1837, measures 26 x 38 inches.  $7,500

Plate 405 - SEMI-PALMATED SANDPIPER - Audubon shows these common sandpipers along the shoreline, full sheet, 1837 J. Whatman watermark, restoration.  $3,500

Plate 422 - ROUGH-LEGGED FALCON - Very nice dramatic image of this hawk, full sheet, J. Whatman watermark dated 1838.  $9,500

Plate 427 - WHITE-LEGGED AND SLENDER-BILLED OYSTERCATCHER (now named Black Oystercatcher) - Interesting shore species, J. Whatman Turkey Mill watermark dated 1838, full sheet, 38 x 25 1/2 inches.  $6,500

 

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