John James Audubon - BIEN EDITION - Print Gallery


John James Audubon completed his magnificant work Birds of America in 1838. The work consisted of 435 double elephant folio sized aquatints, which were engraved and hand colored by the firm of Robert Havell in London, England. That original first edition is called the Havell edition.

When John James Audubon died in 1851, both of his sons, John Woodhouse Audubon and Victor Gifford Audubon, continued to run the business that their father had started. In 1858 John Woodhouse Audubon hired Julius Bien, (pronounced like "bean" in "string bean") a lithographer in New York, to produce a second set of double elephant folio sized Birds of America. The plan was to reissue all 435 prints from the Havell edition, but this time to produce them in the United States and to use what was then a new technique called chromolithography to make the prints.

The work on this edition - often called the Bien edition or second edition - continued until 1860 when the outbreak of the Civil War eliminated most of the customer base for these prints. Instead this project nearly bankrupted the Audubon family. Only 150 of the 435 prints were created before the project was cancelled. This has resulted in the Bien edition being more rare than the Havell edition that preceeded it. It is estimated that only 75-100 copies of each print were made.

All Bien edition prints listed below are for sale and are authentic Bien edition originals.

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Audubon Bien Print Plate 44
Item B-44
AMERICAN SWIFT - Plate 44
Print Size: 25.5" x 18.5"

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Audubon Bien Print Plate 62
Item B-62
SMALL GREEN CRESTED FLYCATCHER - Plate 62
Print Size: 26.75" x 19", Unframed

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$1250.00



Audubon Bien Print Plate 79
Item B-79
YELLOW-THROATED VIREO - Plate 79
Print Size: 26.75" x 19.75", Unframed

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$950.00



Audubon Bien Print Plate 80
Item B-80
BAY BREASTED WARBLER - Plate 80
Print Size: 25.5" x 18.5"

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Audubon Bien Print Plate 104
Item B-104
SWAINSON'S WARBLER - Plate 104
Print Size: 24.5" x 19.75", Framed

$2850.00 Framed as shown



Audubon Bien Print Plate 114
Item B-114
BLACK & WHITE CREEPER - Plate 114
Print Size: 25.5" x 18.25"

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Audubon Bien Print Plate 127
Item B-127
CAROLINA TITMOUSE - Plate 127
Print Size: 26.75" x 19.75", Unframed

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$850.00



Audubon Bien Print Plate 144
Item B-144
FERRUGINOUS THRUSH - Plate 144
Print Size: 39 1/2" x 26 3/4", Unframed

$4950.00



Audubon Bien Print Plate 195
Item B-195
TOWHE BUNTING - Plate 195
Print Size: 27" x 20.5", Unframed

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$1250.00



Audubon Bien Print Plate 205
Item B-205
ROSE BREASTED GROSBEAK - Plate 205
Print Size: 30" x 23", Unframed
Also Available Framed

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Audubon Bien Print Plate 288
Item B-288
FISH HAWK or OSPREY - Plate 288.
Print Size: 38.5" x 26.25"

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Audubon Bien Print Plate 363
Item B-363
NIGHT HERON or QUA-BIRD - Plate 363
Print Size: 39.5" x 26", Unframed

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Audubon Bien Print Plate 395
Item B-395
CANVAS BACKED DUCK - Plate 395
View of Baltimore
Print Size: 39" x 26.25", Unframed

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