Auction 139, Lot 711

"Wood Ibis", Audubon, J. J.

Subject: Prints Bird

Period: 1840 (circa)

Publication: Birds of America, Royal Octavo Edition

Color: Hand Color

5 x 7 inches
12.7 x 17.8 cm

This is Plate 361 from Audubon's First Royal Octavo Edition of Birds of America, which was lithographed and hand colored by J. T. Bowen. The Royal Octavo Edition was Audubon's effort to make his work more affordable and widely available. Using new technology called the camera lucida, the images from the Double Elephant Folio edition were reduced in size and drawn onto lithographic stones, with some compositional changes made to accommodate the smaller size. The plates were sold by subscription, five at a time, with the number at top left on each engraving indicating in which "part" the engraving was issued. This engraving depicts a Wood Stork on a muddy bank with a flock of Wood Storks in the distance. Paper size is 5-7/8" x 9-3/4".

References: Low, p. 128.

Condition: A+

Original hand color.

Estimate: $600 - $800

Sold for: $450

Closed on 2/15/2012