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Guide to Collecting John James Audubon Prints

 

Audubon, John James (1785-1851) Fish Hawk, Plate 81. [from] The Birds of America. London: R. Havell, 1827-1838. Sold for $43,050

Five of the entries on the list of the top ten most expensive books ever sold are copies of The Birds of America by John James Audubon. The double elephant folio sold for $10.3 million in 2010.   A giant in both price and volume – the complete work measures 39.5 inches by 28.5 inches and contains 435 plates.… Read More

Breaking Books

A rare book can lose a significant amount of value if it’s missing even a single page of text. If what’s lacking is a title page, illustration, or map, the price will drop like an anvil in a cartoon. The same goes for a set of books that happens to be missing one or two volumes. And yet every day in the Skinner Fine Books & Manuscripts department we see plates, maps, title pages, and text leaves removed from valuable books.