Auction 130, Lot 808

"Passenger Pigeon. 1. Male 2. Female. Pl. 285", Audubon, J. J.

Subject: Natural History, Birds

Period: 1861 (published)

Publication: The Birds of America…

Color: Hand Color

5 x 5.3 inches
12.7 x 13.5 cm

Beautifully rendered drawing showing the two birds on separate branches sharing a meal. "Drawn from Nature by J.J. Audubon" and printed and colored by J.T. Bowen. This is a reduced version of the folio Plate 62, but is virtually identical to the double elephant folio plate. This handsome bird became extinct in 1914. Audubon said of the Passenger Pigeon: "When an individual is seen gliding through the woods and close to the observer, it passes like a thought, and on trying to see it again, the eye searches in vain; the bird is gone." This lot includes original title page from Vol. III.


Condition: A+

The lithograph is fine. The title page has water stain across top.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $300

Closed on 12/2/2009