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Audubon Art Prints
A Collector's Guide to Every Edition

Bill Steiner

A comprehensive reference to guide Audubon collectors through the modern marketplace

By far the most comprehensive guide available to the bird and quadruped prints of John James Audubon (1785–1851), Audubon Art Prints offers buyers, sellers, and collectors an easy-to-use, one-volume source of information for these widely sought-after prints. When Bill Steiner first became interested in acquiring original Audubon prints, he was surprised by the dearth of conveniently accessible, accurate information on the subject. In an effort to catalog all things Audubon, he unearthed obscure references, surveyed the contemporary marketplace, and consulted specialists from around the world. The results of his labors, gathered here in this lavishly illustrated volume, provide an invaluable and fascinating encyclopedic reference.

Addressing one of the more complex aspects of print collection, Steiner clarifies the task of distinguishing the octavo prints of the successive editions of Audubon's Birds of America (1840–1871) and Quadrupeds of North America (1849–1870). He describes the publication histories of each edition since the first; offers information about printers, engravers, and subscribers; and provides practical information on price histories, accessibility, and preservation. Steiner also explores the increasingly popular markets for subsidiary prints, posters, and Audubon ephemera.

Bill Steiner is a field ecologist and expert bird-watcher who has compiled one of the most significant private collections of Audubon prints in the United States. An accomplished entomologist, herpetologist, and horticulturist, he holds degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. From 1994 to 1996 Steiner worked with the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games as the environmental chief for the 1996 Summer Olympics. Steiner lives in Lithonia, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta.

"A first-rate guide …A superb resource for collectors and an indispensable addition to academic American Art History reference collections."—Wisconsin Bookwatch

"Field ecologist Steiner has compiled one of the most significant private collections of Audubon prints in the US. Highly recommended."—Choice

"This is a fascinating book, and I had a hard time putting it down. It tells a lot about Audubon and those who worked with him to produce his original life-size paintings of American birds and mammals, but even more about the prints themselves as they have been reproduced in various ways over the past century and a half. I had no idea that there is so much information about Audubon's art work or that it could be presented in such an interesting fashion. This book will be of value to anyone who owns an Audubon print, and especially to anyone who looks forward to obtaining one."—Richard C. Banks, research associate, Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Division of Birds

"I found Bill Steiner's essential book, Audubon Art Prints: A Collector's Guide to Every Edition, to be as invaluable a tool to the serious Audubon print collector as brushes and watercolors were to the great artist himself. I thoroughly enjoyed this wonderfully informative guide."—Christopher Audubon Kenyon, great-great-great-great-grandson of John James Audubon, East Islip, New York

"The novice as well as the advanced Audubon collector will find this to be a highly useful work. An outstanding reference."—Harry S. Newman, The Old Print Shop, Inc., New York, New York

"Bill Steiner has made an invaluable addition to the literature of Audubon with this book. It is both a guide for the neophyte and a storehouse of lore on all aspects of Audubon's published works useful to the most seasoned professional. This book is a must for everyone interested in Audubon."—William S. Reese, antiquarian bookseller, New Haven, Connecticut

"Bill Steiner's research has put into one volume a user-friendly shortcut for collectors, buyers, and sellers of Audubon art prints. How apropos it is that this volume would be published in South Carolina, where John James Audubon did some of his work."—Ann Shahid, education director, Audubon Center and Sanctuary at Francis Beidler Forest/South Carolina Headquarters for the National Audubon Society



book jacket for Audubon Art Prints


7 x 10
368 pages
22 color and
55 b&w illustrations
ISBN 978-1-57003-504-3
paperback, $29.95t
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