Vintage Wild Turkey Bookplates - John James Audubon's Birds of America Prints circa 1967
...the trees covered with snow and icicles, shining like jewels as the sun rose on them ; and the wild turkeys seemed so dazzled by their brillancy that they allowed us to pass under them without flying. John James Audubon, December 1810
Here they are... the Birds of America fluttering all about the shop! If you are unfamiliar with his work and this distinctive collection, between the years of 1827-1838, John James Audubon (1785-1851), the world's most famous bird painter, published a series of drawings of over 400 bird species depicted in their natural habitats. Capturing not only the physical characteristics of each bird but also their personality, Audubon's interpretations were nothing but extraordinary then and have remained, over the course of 200 years, equally as enchanting as when they originally debuted.
In 1953, new plates were made of Audubon's original 1800's era watercolor drawings, copper plates, and aqua-tinted prints and from there, his Birds of America were reprinted in book form by Macmillan Publishing in 1965. This set of Audubon prints offered in the shop are original bookplates from the seventh Macmillan edition published in 1967. Rescued from the brink of destruction, this midcentury book of beautiful birds was in terrible shape, with missing coverboards, an exposed spine, disintegrating end-papers and ripped apart pages, but luckily many of the bird prints inside survived. We are so pleased to be able to offer these gorgeous prints in the shop not only for their stunning beauty but also for their effortlessly classic and elegant contribution to your stylish kitchen decor. Each print is two sided, featuring two distinct types of birds and both contain ornithological notes on each type of bird.
- Set of two bookplates with four distinct birds on each side
- Bookplate No. 1 - Wild Turkey (Meleagris Gallopavo)
- Bookplate No. 2 - The Yellow Billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus Americanus)
- Bookplate No. 5 - Canada Warbler (Wilsnia Canadensis)
- Bookplate No. 6 - Wild Turkey (Meleagris Gallopavo)
- Includes ornithological information about each bird
- Colors include: brown, black, sage, peach, white, ivory, beige, pink, apricot, mint, teal, salmon pink, emerald green, gold, almond and purple
These two bookplates is in clean and bright condition. A ragged edge on one side of each print shows where they were salvaged from the original book binding. There are some light foxing marks on the top corners of bookplates 1 & 2.
Each print measures 9" inches (width) x 12" inches (length)
Create your own botanical wall art collage by combining John James Audobon's birds with other flower prints in the shop here for a stunning garden that blooms all year round!