John James Audubon Resource Bibliography

Adams, Alexander B.

John James Audubon, a Biography. C. P Putnam's Sons, New York. 1966.

Arthur, Stanley

Audubon, an Intimate Life of the American Woodsman. Harmanson. New Orleans. 1937

Audubon, J. J.

The Birds of America. From Original Drawings by John James Audubon, Engraved, printed and colored by Robert Havell. London. 1826-1839 (Plates 1-10 by Lizars, Edinburgh). Audubon's original work in double elephant folio format.

  The Birds of America from Drawings Made in the United States and its Territories, New York: J.J. Audubon; Philadelphia: J. B. Chevalier, 1840-1844. Illustrations by J. T. Bowen & Endicott. Six Subsequent Editions published in 1856, 1859, 1860, 1861, 1865 (Lockwood), 1870-1. These are the original Octavo version of Birds of America by John James Audubon. Only the first edition was published prior to his death in 1851.
  The Birds of America, Re-issued by John Woodhouse Audubon, chromolithography by Julius Bien, New York, Roe Lockwood, 1858-60. This edition is the only full sized facsimle edition produced by the Audubon family. It is known as the 'Bien Edition', and was never completed.
  The Birds of America, New York, The MacMillan Company, 1937. With an Introduction and Descriptive Text by William Vogt. Oversized volume reproducing all 435 of Audubon's original plates plus 65 later plates from the octavo version. Quality is marginal. Many subsequent editions produced by Macmillan. Later editions with fewer plates and in smaller format.

Birds of America, San Diego, CA, Laurel Glen, 1997.
Containing excellent reproductions of all 435 Havell DEF birds in color.


Delineations of American Scenery and Character. G. A. Baker & Co. NY. 1926. Introduction by Francis Hobart Herrick.

  The Journal of John James Audubon Made During His Trip to New Orleans in 1820-21. Boston. 1929 . Edited by Howard Corning.
  The Journal of John James Audubon Made While Obtaining Subscriptions to his Birds of America, 1840-1843, Cambridge MA, Club of Odd Volumes, 1929. Edited by Howard Corning.
  Letters of John James Audubon, 1826-1840, Boston, The Club of Odd Volumes, 1930. Edited by Howard Corning.


Ornithological Biography with Delineations of American Scenery and Manners, ( 5 vols), Adam & Charles Black, Edinburgh. 1831-1839. Reprint by Volair Books, NY. 1979.

  The 1826 Journal . Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, c1967
  The 1826 Journal of John James Audubon, New York, Abbeville Press, 1987. Edited by Alice Ford.

Audubon's Birds of America: The Royal Octavo Edition,
San Diego, CA, Thunder Bay Press, 1994. Introduction by Suzanne Low.


A Synopsis of the Birds of North America, Edinburgh, Adam & Charles Black, 1839. Reprint: New York, Theatrum Orbis Terrarum/Johnson Reprint Corp., 1972.

  The Complete Audubon: A Precise Replica of the Complete Works of John James Audubon comprising the Birds of America (1840-44) and the Quadrupeds of North America (1851-1854) in their entirety, National Audubon Society/Volair Books, 1978..

Audubon, J. J. & Bachman, Rev. John

The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America. (3 vols.), New York, J. J. Audubon. 1845-1848, 1845-1848. this edition is the original wiork by Audubon and Bachman referred to as the Imperial Folio Quadruped edition, and which also included 3 octavo volumes of text. Second edition (2 vols) printed 1865 by Roe Lockwood.

  The Quadrupeds of North America. (3 vols.), New York. 1849-1854. (ed. By V. G. Audubon) . This is the Octavo version of Audubon & Bachmans Quadrupeds. Second edition 1852-54 (Lockwood), 3rd edition 1856 (Lockwood), 1870 (Lockwood).
  Audubon's Quadrupeds of North America, Secaucus, NJ, Wellfleet Press, 1989. Forward by Wm. Kammer. Containing all 150 of Audubon's images and Bachmans complete text.

Audubon, Maria (ed)

Audubon and His Journals. 2 vols. New York, Scribner Sons, 1897. Reprints: London, John C. Nimmo, 1898, New York, Dover Books, 1960, 1986, 1994. With contributions by Elliott Coues.

Bannon, Lois Elmer & Clark, Taylor Handbook of Audubon Prints. 4th Ed., Gretna, LA, Pelican Publishing, 1998.
Bell, James John James Audubon: A Selection of Watercolors in the New York Historical Society, Mt. Vernon NY, The Artist's Limited, 1985.
Blaugrund, Annette, and Theodore E. Stebbins Jr., eds

John James Audubon: The Watercolors for The Birds of America. New York: New York Historical Society and Villard Books, 1993.

Blaugrund, Annette The Essential John Jame Audubon, New York, Wonderland Press, 1999
Boehme, Sarah (Ed.) John James Audubon in the West: The Last Expedition, Mammals of North America, New York, Harry Abrams/Buffalo Bill Historical Center, 2000
Braun, Nancy & Braun, Robert An Audubon Concordance: Migration through the Plate Numbers, Fairfield CT, Nancy & Robert Braun, 1997.
Braun, Robert

Identifying Audubon Bird Prints, Fairfield, CT, American Historical Print Collectors Society, 2001
An excellent reference for identifying original, reproduction and facsimile works by Audubon.

Buchanan, Robert

The Life and Adventures of Audubon the Naturalist. New York. 1864.

Buff, Sheila (Ed.) Audubon's Birds of America, Secaucus NJ, Wellfleet Press, 1990.
Butterworth, Hezekiah In the Days of Audubon: A Tale of the Protector of Birds with an Appendix on the Formation of Audubon Societies, New York, D. Appleton & Co., 1901.

Clement, Roland

The Living World of Audubon. Grosset & Dunlap. NY. 1974

Davidson, Marshall (Ed.) The Original Water-color Paintings by John James Audubon for the Birds of America, New York, American Heritage, 1966. Two volume set of color plates comprising 431 images of Audubon's original watercolor paintings used by Lizars and Havell to create Birds of America engravings.

Durant, Mary & Harwood, M.

On the Road with John James Audubon. New York, Dodd, Mead and Company, 1980.

Dwight, Edward Audubon Watercolors and Drawings, Utica NY, Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute & Pierpont Morgan Library, 1965.

Ford, Alice (ed)

The Bird Biographies of John James Audubon. Macmillan. NY. 1957.


John James Audubon. Univ.of Oklahoma. Norman. 1965.


John James Audubon, A Biography. New York: Abbeville Press, 1988

Forshay, Ella M. John James Audubon, New York, Harry N. Abrams/Smithsonian Institution, 1997.

Fries, Waldemar

The Double Elephant Folio, the Story of Audubon's Birds of America. Chicago. 1973.

Graustein, Jeannette

Thomas Nuttall, Naturalist. Explorations in America, 1808-1841. Harvard. Cambridge, Ma. 1967.

Harwood, Michael and Durant, Mary "In Search of the Real Mr. Audubon", Audubon, 83, no. 3, May 1985, pp 55-119.

Herrick, Francis H.

Audubon the Naturalist, a History of His Life and Times. 2 vols. New York. D. Appleton Co., 1917.


Audubon the Naturalist: A History of His Life and Time. New York: Dover Publications, 1968.

Irmscher, Christopher (Ed.) John James Audubon: Writings & Drawings, New York, Library of America, 1999.

Lindsey, Alton

The Bicentennial of John James Audubon. Indiana Univ. Bloomington. 1985.

Low, Suzanne Catalogue of the New Birds of America section of the Audubon Archives, New York, Suzanne M. Low, 1993. An updated inventory of all known extant copies of the original Birds of America folios.
Low, Suzanne A Guide to Audubon's Birds of America, New Haven/New York, William Reese Co & Donald Heald, 2002. Definitive text with pictures documenting DEF plate mark dimensions, and variations in marginalia from Audubon's first works.

McDermott, J. F. (ed)

Up the Missouri with Audubon. The Journal of Edward Harris. Univ. of Oklahoma. Norman. 1951

Muschamp, Edward A. Audacious Audubon: The Story of a Great Pioneer, Artist, Naturalist & Man, New York, Bretano's, 1929.
Peattie, Donald Culross, ed.

Audubon's America: The Narratives and Experiences of John James Audubon. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1940

Peattie, Donald Culross Singing in the Wilderness: a Salute to John James Audubon, New York, G. Putnam Sons, 1935.

Peterson, Roger and Marie

Audubon's Birds of America. The Audubon Society Baby Elephant Folio. Abbeville Press, New York. 1981.

Proby, Kathryn Hall Audubon in Florida with Selections from the Writings of John James Audubon, Coral Gables FL, University of Miami Press, 1974.
Rourke, Constance Audubon, Harcourt Brace & Co., 1936.

Schuler, Jay

Had I the Wings—The Friendship of Bachman & Audubon. Georgia. Athens, Ga. 1995.

St. John, Mrs. Horace

Life of Audubon, The Naturalist of the New World: His Adventures and Discoveries, New York: John W. Lovell, C.S. Francis; Boston : Crosby & Nichols, 1856.

Streshinsky, Shirley

Audubon: Life and Art in the American Wilderness. New York, NY: Villard Books, 1993

Teale, Edwin Way

Audubon's Wildlife. With selections from the writings of J. J. Audubon. Viking. NY. 1964.

Tyler, Ronnie Audubon's Great National Work: The Royal Octavo Version of Birds of America, Austin TX, University of Texas Press, 1993.
Unknown The Story of Audubon the Naturalist, London, T. Nelson & Sons, 1883.
Wainwright, Alexander D., ed.

John James Audubon. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Library, 1960.

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