Audubon, John James  “Sora Rail”

Audubon, John James “Sora Rail”

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John James Audubon. Plate 306.  “Sora Rail”.  From The Birds of America.

New York: New York: George R. Lockwood, ca. 1875. Royal octavo. (sheet: ca. 6 1/2 x 10 1/4").  Lithograph, printed with color.  Very good condition. 

Even as Audubon was seeing the last plates of the first edition of The Birds of America being finished, he was making plans for the publication of a smaller version. This royal octavo edition, first published in New York and Philadelphia in 1840-44, was such a success that seven editions followed it.  These prints are not simply small replicas of the elephant folio edition. Only one species appears on each plate, and often the backgrounds are simplified. New species of birds and new plants appeared in this edition, and the birds are grouped in a more orderly scientific manner. For his pioneering travel around the United States in search of new subjects in the wild, his lifelike and dramatic style, and his monumental works on the birds and quadrupeds of North America.


More from Audubon's Second and later Edition Octavo bird series:

pl. 10 Broad-winged Buzzard

pl. 22 Sparrow Hawk

pl. 41 Chuck-Wills Widow

pl. 42 Whip-poor-will

pl. 43 Night Hawk

pl. 68 American Redstart

pl. 80 Bay-breasted Wood-Warbler

pl. 86 Caerulean Wood-Warbler

pl. 95 Black Throated Blue Wood Warbler

pl. 96 Black & Yellow Wood-Warbler

pl. 138 Common Mocking Bird

pl. 141 Ferruginous Mocking Bird

pl. 167 Common Snow Bird

pl. 169 Painted Bunting

pl. 170 Indigo Bunting

pl. 181 American Goldfinch

pl. 201 White Winged Crossbill

pl. 203 Common Cardinal Grosbeak

pl. 205 Rose-breasted Long-Grosbeak

pl. 208 Summer Redbird [Summer Tanager]

pl. 219 Orchard Oriole

pl. 231 Blue Jay

pl. 234 Canada Jay

pl. 246 Cedar Bird [Cedar Waxwing]

pl. 256 Ivory-billed Woodpecker

pl. 257 Pileated Woodpecker

pl. 263 Downy Woodpecker

pl. 278 Carolina Parrot

pl. 358 Glossy Ibis

pl. 359 Scarlet Ibis

pl. 360 White Ibis

pl. 362 Roseate Spoonbill

pl. 364 Yellow-crowned Night Heron

pl. 369 Great Blue Heron

pl. 370 Great American White Egret

pl. 371 Reddish Egret

pl. 372 Blue Heron

pl. 373 Louisiana Heron

pl. 375 American Flamingo

pl. 381 Snow Goose

pl. 382 Trumpeter Swan (Adult)

pl. 384 American Swan

pl. 391 Wood Duck Summer Duck