First Edition Robert Havell Aquatint Engraving with Original Hand Color From Birds of America Double Elephant Folio. Price $1,975.00. Mr Wilson now examined my drawings with care, asked if I should have any objections to lending him a few during his stay, to which I replied that I had none: he then bade me good morning, not, however, until I had made an arrangement to explore the woods in the vicinity along with him, and had promised to procure for him some birds, of which I had drawings in my collection, but which he had never seen. The year-long return to Nantes was not without advantage to Audubon, however; while there he met the young Charles-Marie D’Orbigny, his family’s doctor and a gifted ornithologist, who did much to school Audubon in taxidermy, and in a more scientific way of approaching and cataloguing his subjects. This item: Audubon's Birds Of America: The National Audubon Society Baby Elephant Folio by Roger Tory Peterson Hardcover CDN$11.91 Update: When the gavel finally declared the bidding over, this copy of The Birds of America was officially sold for $9.65 million. None currently available. Between 1827 and 1839, John James Audubon worked with Robert Havell, a London engraver to create the “Double Elephant Folio”. With the final publication of these prints, Audubon established his Birds of America as the definitive portrayal of American birds in realistic settings. In the 2010 Sotheby's Auction, the Lord Hesketh 4-volume set of Audubon's The Birds of America sold for a record-breaking $11.5 million ! Carl W. Knobloch, Jr., who purchased the book at auction in 2012 for just under $8 million, gifted it to the foundation managed by his wife, three daughters, and nephew before his passing in 2016. Help power unparalleled conservation work for birds across the Americas, Stay informed on important news about birds and their habitats, Receive reduced or free admission across our network of centers and sanctuaries, Access a free guide of more than 800 species of North American birds, Discover the impacts of climate change on birds and their habitats, Learn more about the birds you love through audio clips, stunning photography, and in-depth text. It was printed on "double elephant" the largest size of paper available at the time. Sold for $5,100. Edinburgh, 1831, Desmond, Ray. Soon after his arrival, he exhibited 250 paintings at the Royal Institution at Liverpool, with similar subsequent exhibitions in Manchester and Edinburgh. Audubon’s move may have been prompted partially by his failure to qualify for naval officer training, but it was more likely a ploy to avoid conscription into Napoleon’s army. The subject matter of an Audubon print also helps determine the value. New York, 1988. New York, (1999), Low, Susanne N. A Guide to Audubon's Birds of America. Amherst, Massachusetts, (2006) Hart-Davis. He won subscriptions from many prominent individuals and institutions and must have been particularly pleased that Philadelphia’s Academy of Natural Sciences and American Philosophical Society both subscribed. All the plates listed in this Havell edition gallery are full sheets (double elephant folio size) with the Whatman watermark, unless otherwise noted in the description. The first collecting and painting expedition Audubon made with this goal clearly in mind was in the autumn of 1820, when he travelled down the Mississippi on a flatboat from Cincinnati to New Orleans, in company with a young assistant Joseph Mason, who would draw backgrounds. Audubon’s plan was to issue 80 parts or fascicles, each containing images of five birds: one large, one of medium size, and three small species.