Audubon, John James (1785-1851), Audubon, John Woodhouse (1812–1862): Moose Deer - Octavio Edition, Quadrupeds

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Date of Printing: 1849 – 54 • Medium: Lithograph (hand colored) • Subject Category: Natural History - Mammals • Signed: Plate signed, Lower Left • Period Created: Romantic (1800 - 1899) • Plate Size HxWxD cm: 17 x 26 • Leaf Paper Size HxW cm: 17 x 26 • Style: Royal Octavo Edition • Print on Verso: Blank on verso • Condition: Excellent, with minor toning at edges • Edition Type: Limited Edition • Paper Type: Woven • Framed: Print only

Moose Deer - Plate LXXVI of J. J. Audubon’s "Quadrupeds of America", Octavo Edition 1849 – 54
Hand-colored Lithograph by J.W. Audubon

Imprints: Drawn from Nature by J.W. Audubon - Lith'd. Printed & Col'd. by J.T. Bowen, Philad. - On Stone by W. E. Hitchcock

Octavo, light edge toning, affecting imprint area, excellent coloring. Flyspeck upper left sky.

John James Audubon's final work, on mammals, was the Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America, prepared in collaboration with his good friend Rev John Bachman of Charleston, South Carolina, who supplied much of the scientific text. His son, John Woodhouse Audubon, drew most of the plates. The work was completed by Audubon's sons and son-in-law and was published posthumously.

The controversy over identifying which edition a particular print comes from, is too arcane for me. I try to describe the print’s condition accurately, listing the publisher’s imprints, and providing a picture of the complete page, as well as an image cropped as if it were matted.