Published by Johnson Reprint Corporation and Teatrum Orbis Terrarum, Amsterdam, 1972
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Printed in Holland for the Johnson Reprint Corporation and Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, 1971-1972., 1972. Four volumes. Limitation leaf printed recto only in black, 4 general titles, 4 volume titles, 4 printed facsimiles of the original titles. 435 plates, printed in up to eight colors, after John James Audubon. Double elephant folio. Original brown half calf over green cloth-covered boards, upper covers with inset brown calf panel lettered in gilt with author and title, the spines lettered in gilt with author, title and volume number. Fine copies. The "Amsterdam Edition" was limited to only 250 copies this being number 82 and is considered to be a good alternative to the original Havell edition, and one of only two full-size facsimile editions of the complete work ever published. In October 1971, employing the most faithful printing method available, the best materials and the ablest craftsmen, the Amsterdam firm of Theatrum Orbis Terrarum Ltd., in conjunction with the Johnson Reprint Corporation of New York, set out to produce the finest possible limited edition facsimile of the Havell edition of John James Audubon's "The Birds of America". Modelled on the Teyler Museum copy (bought through Audubon's son as part of the original subscription in 1839), the process of color photo-lithography was chosen as the most appropriate printing method, carried out by the printing firm of NV Fotolitho Inrichting Drommel at Zandvoort who printed each plate in up to eight different colours on a wove paper of the highest quality, with each sheet bearing a watermark unique to the edition, and creating the appearance, feel, and sense of quality of the original Havell edition. 250 copies were published and sold by subscription, with the plates available bound or unbound. This copy (no. 82) bears a printed inscription to limitation "Printed for ." giving names of the two subscribers (a couple) who purchased this set. This is a fine set that has been extremely well looked after and kept in a purpose-built cabinet (not part of sale) Also included is a companion volume JOHN JAMES AUDUBON - A SYNOPSIS OF THE BIRDS OF NORTH AMERICA also published by Johnson Reprint Corporation-Teatrum Orbis Terrarum Ltd. New York and Amsterdam, 1972. Xii + 359 pp. Cloth. Gilt lettering and device. Fine. Shipping, insurance, etc by arrangement. Digital photographs available on request. Size: Double Elephant Folio. Bookseller Inventory # MH1959

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Publisher: Johnson Reprint Corporation and Teatrum Orbis Terrarum, Amsterdam

Publication Date: 1972

Binding: Half Calf Over Cloth Boards

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: No d/w

Edition: Reprint.

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