The Birds of America
Royal Octavo First Edition
A Secured-Share Syndication to be held September 24, 2011
[singlepic id=1885 h=300 float="left"]The syndication process presents our clients with an opportunity to acquire a group of highly collectible original Audubon prints at wholesale prices. This syndication is divided into 50 shares and each share is comprised of ten prints. The shareholder selects ten prints from the entire 500-plate folio. Share prices range from $3,750 to $6,350, which represents an approximate 40% discount off the total value of the ten prints. The first and most valuable selection is secured at the time of purchase. Syndication participants benefit from a significant discount while acquiring original antique prints of exceptional beauty and quality. In addition, we offer a generous trade-up policy. Unsold prints are made available to participants at the difference in price between the print in their share and the price of the trade up. Special pricing on framing is also available to shareholders.
In 1839, the first octavo edition of John James Audubon’s The Birds of America was printed and hand colored by J. T. Bowen in Philadelphia. The images were reduced in size, rendered in intermediate drawings by John James Audubon and his son John Woodhouse, and then drawn onto lithographic stones, printed and water colored individually by hand. Approximately 1,200 sets of the first edition were completed in five years from 1839 to 1844. The First octavo edition of The Birds of America has enjoyed an avid collecting audience since its inception 170 years ago. The coloring in this particular set is outstanding, equal to or surpassing any we have had. These prints, in the quality and condition as represented by this collection, are exceedingly rare today.
For further information, please call either the gallery in Chicago at 312-642-5300 or in Charleston at 843-853-1100. Inquiries are received with pleasure.