John James Audubon.
London; New York: Editions Alecto; New York Museum of Natural History,
No. 67 of 125 printed. Gift of Robert and Nancy Braun.
One of the largest books ever published in multiple copies, the plates for Audubon’s The Birds of America were printed on sheets of handmade paper measuring about 40 by 30 inches. Although the book is referred to as a “double elephant folio,” its sheets were not folded and sewn through the fold. Instead, whole unfolded sheets were sewn together by overcasting their left edges. This illustration of Canada Goose is a restrike from the original aquatint copper plate engraved by Robert Havell Jr. in 1834. One of 125 copies, it was printed directly from the original plate in color á la poupée.
From the collection of Rare Book School