Monday, January 23, 2012
Audubon art book on the block for $4-8 million
"It isn't a book, not in any normal sense of the term," rare book dealer Rick Gekoski told The Guardian of John James Audubon's Birds of America. Rather, the volumes comprise "a large number of works of art – original hand-coloured engravings – bound together for ease of storage and reference. The format was chosen not out of any grandiosity but because it was Audubon's remarkable desire – and ability – to produce life-sized engravings of each bird. Thus the finches and cardinals have plenty of space in which to flit about, while the flamingo and trumpeter swan tilt their necks graciously inward and arrange themselves with some care. The effect of this is just terrific."
The John James Audubon Portfolio: A Selection of the Original Drawings and Watercolors Used in the Making of Birds of America Accompanied by a Choice of Audubon's Writings, and we're offering it for $299.98. Whoa! As it happens, we also have several Audubon wall calendars as well as Audubon Birds: Selected Prints From the Birds of America for a mere $10. We may not be Dukes and Duchesses, but we hoi polloi can to enjoy our Audubon prints in our own fashion!
The blue-winged teals above and the images at right and below are from the Portfolio.