Labrador Falcon, Plate CXCVI [from: Birds of America].
Hand-aquatinted copper-plate engraving, printed on J. Whatman Turkey Mill watermarked paper dated 1835. 955 x 640 mm, sumptuously framed and glazed.
The famous depiction of a Falcon from the "Birds of America" by the world-famous French-American naturalist and painter John James Audubon (1785-1851), which was purchased at a Christie's auction for $11.5 million in March 2000, setting a world record for the most expensive book ever sold (surpassed only by the 1640 "Psalm Bay Book", sold for $14.2 million in November 2013). Very good colour, with the back of the upper bird a subtle charcoal, beaks and feet of both birds a pale blue wash, slight limited spotting to the background, slight cast on the edge, and minor thumbing, three edges of the sheet gilt from when it was bound.