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 The most famous of all antique natural history prints are The Birds of America by James Audubon. The large prints are double elephant folio size - over three feet high and cost thousand of dollars each. The complete collection of prints in bound book format sold at auction for over $10 million.  

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a few examples

Game Birds and Wild Fowl

Jardine Natural History - Hummingbirds

Jardine Natural History - Mammals

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The Game Birds and Wild Fowl was a series of 40 finely illustrated prints of game birds and wild fowl. Prints featured pheasants, grouse, ducks, etc. 


The game bird and wild fowl prints are highly collectible and with mats and frames used in wall decoration in many homes and offices. 

Jardine Natural History - Mammals

Jardine Natural History - Hummingbirds

Jardine Natural History - Mammals

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The Naturalist's Library is a complete series of natural history prints illustrating mammals, birds, fish insects, reptiles, etc. It was produced by Sir William Jardine in 1843. The series was divided into four categories and include Mammals, Birds, Fishes and Insects.


The Naturalist's Library was one of the first comprehensive natural history references. Rather than an elite series of text and expensive prints it was produced to help educate the general population in natural history. The first issue of 3,000 copies quickly sold out. The illustrations are hand colored and typically have an uncolored background. The engravings are regarded as fine examples of small prints. 

Jardine Natural History - Hummingbirds

Jardine Natural History - Hummingbirds

Jardine Natural History - Hummingbirds

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The Naturalist's Library is a complete series of natural history prints illustrating mammals, birds, fish insects, reptiles, etc. It was produced by Sir William Jardine in 1843. The ornithology set had contributions by Edward Lear, Prideaux John Selby, William Swainson and others. Many plates were engraved by W.H. Lizar. Lizar also engraved the first ten plates of Audubon's The Birds of America,


The Naturalist's Library was one of the first comprehensive natural history references. Rather than an elite series of text and expensive prints it was produced to help educate the general population in natural history. The first issue of 3,000 copies quickly sold out. The illustrations are hand colored and typically have an uncolored background. The engravings are regarded as fine examples of small prints. 

Game Fishes of the United States

Game Fishes of the United States

Jardine Natural History - Hummingbirds

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The original Game Fishes of the United States was completed by Samuel Kilbourne in 1881 and became the most popular series of prints on American salt water and fresh water game fishes. Winchester Press reproduced this series of print in 1972 as a limited edition of 1,000 copies of twenty color prints. 


Fishing prints are highly collectible and with mats and frames used in wall decoration, often in combination in many homes and offices. 

Parrots in Captivity

Game Fishes of the United States

The Birds of Great Britain

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The illustrations are very fine colored wood engravings and considered one of the finest illustrations of parrots. Benjamin Fawcett was an outstanding illustrator and developed a system of color wood block engraving from using multiple wood blocks.


The prints are highly collectible and with mats and frames used in wall decoration in many homes and offices. 

The Birds of Great Britain

Game Fishes of the United States

The Birds of Great Britain

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John Gould was an acknowledged ornithological expert and a competitor to James Audubon in his fine illustrations of birds. The superb hand-colored lithographs was created in 1862-1873 and is very rare. Fine Bird Books awards the series 3 stars.


The prints are highly collectible and with mats and frames used in wall decoration in many homes and offices.