Audubon Art Prints
A Collector's Guide to Every Edition
By far the most comprehensive guide available to the bird and quadruped prints of John James Audubon (1785–1851), Audubon Art Prints offers buyers, sellers, and collectors an easy-to-use, one-volume source of information for these widely sought-after prints. When Bill Steiner first became interested in acquiring original Audubon prints, he was surprised by the dearth of conveniently accessible, accurate information on the subject. In an effort to catalog all things Audubon, he unearthed obscure references, surveyed the contemporary marketplace, and consulted specialists from around the world. The results of his labors, gathered here in this lavishly illustrated volume, provide an invaluable and fascinating encyclopedic reference.
Addressing one of the more complex aspects of print collection, Steiner clarifies the task of distinguishing the octavo prints of the successive editions of Audubon's Birds of America (1840–1871) and Quadrupeds of North America (1849–1870). He describes the publication histories of each edition since the first; offers information about printers, engravers, and subscribers; and provides practical information on price histories, accessibility, and preservation. Steiner also explores the increasingly popular markets for subsidiary prints, posters, and Audubon ephemera.
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"Field ecologist Steiner has compiled one of the most significant private collections of Audubon prints in the US. Highly recommended."—Choice
"This is a fascinating book, and I had a hard time putting it down. It tells a lot about Audubon and those who worked with him to produce his original life-size paintings of American birds and mammals, but even more about the prints themselves as they have been reproduced in various ways over the past century and a half. I had no idea that there is so much information about Audubon's art work or that it could be presented in such an interesting fashion. This book will be of value to anyone who owns an Audubon print, and especially to anyone who looks forward to obtaining one."—Richard C. Banks, research associate, Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Division of Birds
"Bill Steiner's research has put into one volume a user-friendly shortcut for collectors, buyers, and sellers of Audubon art prints. How apropos it is that this volume would be published in South Carolina, where John James Audubon did some of his work."—Ann Shahid, education director, Audubon Center and Sanctuary at Francis Beidler Forest/South Carolina Headquarters for the National Audubon Society
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