Rare Hand Colored Stone Lithograph Audubon Owl Print
This is an original first edition of the Royal Octavo Birds of America, published in Philadelphia and New York between 1840 and 1844 by John James Audubon, and lithographed principally by John Bowen of Philadelphia. This is plate 32: Tengmalm's Night Owl, (1839-1844). During the 19th Century these prints, with unbound edge, were originally mailed to Audubon's subscribers in a booklet along with descriptive text. About 1,198 sets of the first edition were produced. This kind of print, known as the Octavo originals, were reductions of Audubon's larger engravings, this being accomplished through the camera lucida process, which through the use of a prism, allowed Bowen to project a reverse image of the original print in reduced size onto the smaller stone. (These were stone lithographs, not copper plate engravings.) This makes this print extremely rare; after each was printed it was then colored meticulously by hand. No two are exactly alike! This print is in great condition, with bright colors, and it has been archivally mounted and framed. The print is 10.75 x 6.75 inches and the frame is 17 x 13.5 inches.
FRAMED: HEIGHT: 17 in | WIDTH: 13½ in
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