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A Bear, Hand-Colored Print From The Early 1800s by Johan Wilhelm Palmstruch
By Johan Wilhelm Palmstruch
Located in Stockholm, SE
Johan Wilhelm Palmstruch (1770-1811) Sweden Title: A Bear hand-coloured print early 1800s print dimensions approx 4.33 x 7.08 inches (11 x 18 cm) frame 11.81 x 15.74 inches (30 ...
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Early 19th Century Naturalistic Animal Prints

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Hand-Colored Swan Engraving
By George Edwards
Located in New York, NY
"The Wild Swan" by George Edwards from "A Natural History of Birds, Most of which have not been figured or described and others very little known..." published in London between 174...
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1740s Animal Prints

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Hand-Colored Penguin Engraving
By George Edwards
Located in New York, NY
Original engraving, hand-colored at the time of publication, after the work of George Edwards from "Sammlung verschneider auslandischer und seltener Vogel" by Johann Michael Seligma...
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Mid-18th Century Animal Prints

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Laid Paper

Moose (Elk), Hand-Colored Print From The Early 1800s by Johan Wilhelm Palmstruch
By Johan Wilhelm Palmstruch
Located in Stockholm, SE
Johan Wilhelm Palmstruch (1770-1811) Sweden Title: Moose (Elk) hand-coloured print early 1800s print dimensions approx 4.33 x 7.08 inches (11 x 18 cm) frame 11.81 x 15.74 inches...
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Early 19th Century Naturalistic Animal Prints

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Hand-Colored Dodo Bird Engraving
By George Edwards
Located in New York, NY
"The Dodo" by George Edwards from "A Natural History of Birds, Most of which have not been figured or described and others very little known..." published in London between 1743 and...
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1740s Animal Prints

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A Wolf, Hand-Colored Print From The Early 1800s by Johan Wilhelm Palmstruch
By Johan Wilhelm Palmstruch
Located in Stockholm, SE
Johan Wilhelm Palmstruch (1770-1811) Sweden Title: A Wolf hand-coloured print early 1800s print dimensions approx 4.33 x 7.08 inches (11 x 18 cm) frame 11.81 x 15.74 inches (30 ...
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Early 19th Century Naturalistic Animal Prints

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Etching

Hand-Colored Madagascar Parrot Engraving
By George Edwards
Located in New York, NY
Original engraving, hand-colored at the time of publication, after the work of George Edwards from "Sammlung verschneider auslandischer und seltener Vogel" by Johann Michael Seligma...
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Mid-18th Century Animal Prints

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Laid Paper

Pair of Hand-Colored Pelican Engravings
By George Edwards
Located in New York, NY
The Merican Pelican and The Pelican from George Edwards "A Natural History of Birds, Most of which have not been figured or described and others very little known..." published in Lo...
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1740s Animal Prints

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Wolverine: an Original Audubon Hand-colored Lithograph
By John James Audubon
Located in Alamo, CA
This is an original 19th century John James Audubon hand colored lithograph entitled "Wolverine", No. 6, Plate 26, from Audubon's "Quadrupeds of North America", printed and colored b...
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Mid-19th Century Naturalistic Animal Prints

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Lithograph

Original Audubon Hand Colored Lithograph of "Canada Otter"
By John James Audubon
Located in Alamo, CA
An original John James Audubon hand colored lithograph entitled "Canada Otter", No. 11, Plate LI, from John James Audubon's Quadrupeds of North America, published in Philadelphia fro...
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Mid-19th Century Naturalistic Animal Prints

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Lithograph

Virginian Opossum: An Original Audubon Hand-colored Lithograph
By John James Audubon
Located in Alamo, CA
This is an original John James Audubon hand-colored lithograph entitled "Virginian Opossum", No. 14, Plate LXVI, 66, from John James Audubon's Quadrupeds of North America, drawn on s...
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Mid-19th Century Naturalistic Animal Prints

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Lithograph

Original Audubon Hand Colored Lithograph of "The Sewellel"
By John James Audubon
Located in Alamo, CA
An original John James Audubon hand colored lithograph entitled "The Sewellel", No. 25, Plate CXXIII from John James Audubon's Quadrupeds of North America, published in Philadelphia ...
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Mid-19th Century Naturalistic Animal Prints

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Lithograph

Original Audubon Hand Colored Lithograph of Flying Squirrels
By John James Audubon
Located in Alamo, CA
An original John James Audubon hand colored lithograph entitled "Severn River Flying Squirrel & Rocky Mountain Flying Squirrel", No. 29, Plate CXLIII from John James Audubon's Quadru...
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Mid-19th Century Naturalistic Animal Prints

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Lithograph

"Dusky Squirrel" an Original Audubon Hand Colored Lithograph
By John James Audubon
Located in Alamo, CA
This is an original 19th century John James Audubon hand-colored quadruped lithograph entitled "Dusky Squirrel", No. 24, Plate CXVII, from Audubon's "Quadrupeds of North America", dr...
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Mid-19th Century Naturalistic Animal Prints

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Lithograph

Original Audubon Hand Colored Lithograph of "The Sewellel"
By John James Audubon
Located in Alamo, CA
An original John James Audubon hand colored lithograph entitled "The Sewellel", No. 25, Plate CXXIII, from John James Audubon's Quadrupeds of North America, published in Philadelphia...
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Mid-19th Century Naturalistic Animal Prints

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Lithograph

Original Audubon Hand Colored Lithograph of "Flying Squirrels"
By John James Audubon
Located in Alamo, CA
An original John James Audubon hand colored lithograph entitled "Severn River Flying Squirrel & Rocky Mountain Flying Squirrel", No. 29, Plate CXLIII, 143 from John James Audubon's Q...
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Mid-19th Century Naturalistic Animal Prints

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Lithograph

"American Oyster Catcher": An Original Audubon Hand-colored Lithograph
By After John James Audubon
Located in Alamo, CA
This is an original first octavo edition John James Audubon hand-colored royal octavo lithograph entitled "American Oyster Catcher, Male", No. 65, Plate 324, from Audubon's "Birds of...
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Mid-19th Century Naturalistic Animal Prints

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Lithograph

"Washington Sea Eagle": An Original Audubon Hand-colored Lithograph
By After John James Audubon
Located in Alamo, CA
This is an original John James Audubon hand-colored royal octavo lithograph entitled "Washington Sea Eagle", No. 3, Plate 13, from Audubon's "Birds of America". It was lithographed, ...
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Mid-19th Century Naturalistic Animal Prints

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Lithograph

"Esquimaux Curlew": A Framed Original Audubon Hand-colored Folio Engraving
By John James Audubon
Located in Alamo, CA
This is an original hand-colored folio edition John James Audubon engraving entitled "Esquimaux Curlew", Folio, Pl. CCVIII", No. 42, Plate 208, from Audubon's "Birds of America". It ...
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Mid-19th Century Naturalistic Animal Prints

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Engraving

Original Audubon Hand Colored Lithograph of a "Canada Pouched Rat"
By John James Audubon
Located in Alamo, CA
An original John James Audubon hand colored lithograph entitled "Canada Pouched Rat", No. 9, Plate XLIV from John James Audubon's Quadrupeds of North America, published in Philadelph...
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Mid-19th Century Naturalistic Animal Prints

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Lithograph

Ring-Tailed Bassaris: An Original Audubon Hand-colored Lithograph
By John James Audubon
Located in Alamo, CA
This is an original John James Audubon hand colored lithograph entitled "Ring-Tailed Bassaris", No. 20, Plate XCVIII, 98, from John James Audubon's Quadrupeds of North America, drawn...
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Mid-19th Century Naturalistic Animal Prints

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Lithograph

Heart Spotted Woodpeckers: A 19th C. Gould Hand-colored Lithograph
By John Gould and Henry Constantine Richter
Located in Alamo, CA
This is a hand-colored folio sized lithograph entitled "Hemicircus Cordatus" (Heart Spotted Woodpecker) by John Gould from his monograph "The Birds of Asia", published in London in 1...
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Mid-19th Century Naturalistic Animal Prints

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Lithograph

Sonnerat's Pygmy Woodpeckers: A 19th C. Gould Hand-colored Lithograph
By John Gould and Henry Constantine Richter
Located in Alamo, CA
This is a hand-colored folio sized lithograph entitled "Iyngipicu Maculatus" (Sonnerat's Pygmy Woodpeckers) by John Gould from his monograph "The Birds of Asia", published in London ...
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Mid-19th Century Naturalistic Animal Prints

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Lithograph

Canada Flycatcher: A First Octavo Edition Audubon Hand-colored Lithograph
By John James Audubon
Located in Alamo, CA
This is an original John James Audubon hand-colored royal first octavo edition lithograph entitled "Canada Flycatcher, 1. Male, 2. Female, Great Laurel Rhododendron, maximum", No. 15...
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Mid-19th Century Naturalistic Animal Prints

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Lithograph

Original Audubon Hand Colored Lithograph of a "Richardson's Columbian Squirrel"
By John James Audubon
Located in Alamo, CA
An original John James Audubon hand colored lithograph entitled "Richardson's Columbian Squirrel", No. 1, Plate V from John James Audubon's Quadrupeds of North America, published in ...
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Mid-19th Century Naturalistic Animal Prints

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Lithograph

Ceylonese Pygmy Woodpeckers: A 19th C. Gould Hand-colored Lithograph
By John Gould and Henry Constantine Richter
Located in Alamo, CA
This is a hand-colored folio sized lithograph entitled "Iyngipicus Gymnophthalamus" (Ceylonese Pygmy Woodpecker) by John Gould from his monograph "The Birds of Asia", published in Lo...
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Mid-19th Century Naturalistic Animal Prints

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Lithograph

"Californian Hare", an Original Audubon Hand Colored Quadruped Lithograph
By John James Audubon
Located in Alamo, CA
An original John James Audubon hand-colored royal octavo lithograph entitled "Californian Hare", No. 23, Plate 112, CXII, from Audubon's "Quadrupeds of North America". It was drawn o...
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Mid-19th Century Naturalistic Animal Prints

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Lithograph

"American Swan", After Audubon Hand-colored Octavo Edition Lithograph
By John James Audubon
Located in Alamo, CA
An original rare and extremely collectible royal octavo edition John James Audubon hand-colored royal octavo lithograph entitled "American Swan", No. 77, Plate 384, from Audubon's "B...
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Mid-19th Century Naturalistic Animal Prints

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Lithograph

Hummingbirds: Framed Gould Antique Hand-Colored "Rufous-breasted Sabrewing"
By John Gould and Henry Constantine Richter
Located in Alamo, CA
This is a framed hand-colored folio sized lithograph entitled "Campylopterus Hyperythrus" (Rufous-breasted Sabrewing Hummingbird), Plate 51 from John Gould's "A Monograph of the Tro...
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Mid-19th Century Naturalistic Animal Prints

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Lithograph

Travancore Peninsularis Woodpeckers: A 19th C. Gould Hand-colored Lithograph
By John Gould and Henry Constantine Richter
Located in Alamo, CA
This is a hand-colored folio sized lithograph entitled "Iyngipicus Peninsularis, Hargitt" (Travancore Pygmy Woodpecker) by John Gould from his monograph "The Birds of Asia", publishe...
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Mid-19th Century Naturalistic Animal Prints

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Lithograph

"Texan Lynx" an Original Audubon Hand Colored Quadruped Lithograph
By John James Audubon
Located in Alamo, CA
An original 19th century John James Audubon hand colored lithograph entitled "Texan Lynx", No. 19, Plate XCII, 92, from Audubon's "Quadrupeds of North America", printed and colored b...
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Mid-19th Century Naturalistic Animal Prints

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Lithograph

Townsend's Rocky Mountain Hare: an Original Audubon Hand-colored Lithograph
By John James Audubon
Located in Alamo, CA
This is an original 19th century John James Audubon hand colored lithograph entitled "Townsend's Rocky Mountain Hare", No. 1, Plate III, from Audubon's "Quadrupeds of North America",...
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Mid-19th Century Naturalistic Animal Prints

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Lithograph

"Mocking Bird", An Original Audubon Hand-colored Octavo Edition Lithograph
By John James Audubon
Located in Alamo, CA
An original collectible hand-colored octavo edition John James Audubon lithograph entitled "Common Mocking Bird", No. 28, Plate 138, from Audubon's "Birds of America". It was lithogr...
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Mid-19th Century Naturalistic Animal Prints

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Lithograph

"Pinnated Grouse", an Original Audubon Hand-colored First Edition Lithograph
By After John James Audubon
Located in Alamo, CA
An original extremely collectible first octavo edition John James Audubon hand-colored royal octavo lithograph entitled "Pinnated Grouse", No. 60, Pl. 296, from Audubon's "Birds of A...
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Mid-19th Century Naturalistic Animal Prints

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Lithograph

Raccoon: An Original 19th Century Audubon Hand-colored Lithograph
By John James Audubon
Located in Alamo, CA
This is an original 19th century John James Audubon hand colored lithograph entitled "Raccoon", No. 13, Plate LXI, 61, from Audubon's "Quadrupeds of North America", printed and color...
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Mid-19th Century Naturalistic Animal Prints

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Lithograph

Red-shafted Woodpecker: A First Octavo Edition Audubon Hand-colored Lithograph
By John James Audubon
Located in Alamo, CA
This is an original John James Audubon hand-colored royal first octavo edition lithograph entitled "Red-shafted Woodpecker, 1. Male, 2. Female", No. 55, Plate 274, from Audubon's "Bi...
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Mid-19th Century Naturalistic Animal Prints

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Lithograph

Golden-winged Woodpecker: First Octavo Edition Audubon Hand-colored Lithograph
By John James Audubon
Located in Alamo, CA
This is an original John James Audubon hand-colored royal first octavo edition lithograph entitled "Golden-winged Woodpecker, 1. Male, 2. Female2", No. 55, Plate 273, from Audubon's ...
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Mid-19th Century Naturalistic Animal Prints

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Lithograph

Flame-bearer Hummingbirds: A 19th C. Gould Hand-colored "Selasphorus Scintilla"
By John Gould and Henry Constantine Richter
Located in Alamo, CA
This is a hand-colored folio sized lithograph entitled "Selasphorus Scintilla" (Little Flame-bearer Hummingbirds) by John Gould, Plate 162 in his "A Monograph of the Trochilidae, or ...
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Mid-19th Century Naturalistic Animal Prints

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Lithograph

Chesnut-crowned Titmous: A First Octavo Edition Audubon Hand-colored Lithograph
By John James Audubon
Located in Alamo, CA
This is an original John James Audubon hand-colored royal first octavo edition lithograph entitled "Chesnut-crowned Titmouse, 1. Male, 2. Female and Nest", No. 26, Plate 130, from Au...
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Mid-19th Century Naturalistic Animal Prints

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Lithograph

Swainson's Warbler: A Framed Original Hand-colored Audubon Folio Bird Engraving
By John James Audubon
Located in Alamo, CA
An original John James Audubon hand-colored folio sized lithograph entitled "Swainson's Warbler, Male, Sylvicola Swainsonia, Tree: Vulgo, White Oak", No. 10, Plate 50, from Audubon's...
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Mid-19th Century Naturalistic Animal Prints

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Engraving

"Purple Martin", Original Audubon First Octavo Edition Hand Colored Lithograph
By John James Audubon
Located in Alamo, CA
An original extremely collectible first octavo edition John James Audubon hand-colored royal octavo lithograph entitled "Purple Martin", No. 9, Plate 45, from Audubon's "Birds of Ame...
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Mid-19th Century Naturalistic Animal Prints

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Lithograph

"The Cougar, Female and Young": Original Audubon Hand-colored Lithograph
By John James Audubon
Located in Alamo, CA
This is an original John James Audubon hand-colored royal octavo lithograph entitled "The Cougar, Female and Young", No. 20, Plate XCVII, 97 from Audubon's "Quadrupeds of North Ameri...
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Mid-19th Century Naturalistic Animal Prints

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Lithograph

"Ruffed Grouse", an Original Audubon Hand-colored First Edition Lithograph
By After John James Audubon
Located in Alamo, CA
An original octavo edition John James Audubon hand-colored royal octavo lithograph entitled "Ruffed Grouse, No. 59, Plate 293, from Audubon's "Birds of America". It was lithographed,...
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Mid-19th Century Naturalistic Animal Prints

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Lithograph

"Arctic Puffin": Original Audubon Hand-colored First Octavo Edition Lithograph
By After John James Audubon
Located in Alamo, CA
An original rare and extremely collectible first octavo edition John James Audubon hand-colored royal octavo lithograph entitled "Common or Arctic Puffin, No. 93, Plate 464, from Aud...
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Mid-19th Century Naturalistic Animal Prints

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Lithograph

"Bald Eagle", an Original Audubon Hand-colored First Edition Lithograph
By After John James Audubon
Located in Alamo, CA
An original rare and extremely collectible first octavo edition John James Audubon hand-colored royal octavo lithograph entitled "White-headed Sea Eagle or Bald Eagle", No. 3, Plate ...
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Mid-19th Century Naturalistic Animal Prints

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Lithograph

Original Audubon Hand Colored Lithograph of a "Pennant's Marten or Fisher"
By John James Audubon
Located in Alamo, CA
An original John James Audubon hand colored lithograph entitled "Pennant's Marten or Fisher", No. 9, Plate XLI from John James Audubon's Quadrupeds of North America, published in Phi...
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Mid-19th Century Naturalistic Animal Prints

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Lithograph

"Alpomado Falcon" Hand Colored Bird Lithograph from USPRR Exploration & Survey
Located in Alamo, CA
This striking hand colored stone lithograph of a "Alpomado Falcon" was created by John Cassin (1813-1869) and is Plate 1 in the "USPRR Exploration and Survey Report", published in Wa...
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Mid-19th Century Naturalistic Animal Prints

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Lithograph

Le Mangabey Monkey: Framed Audebert 18th C. Hand-colored Engraving
Located in Alamo, CA
This is a framed 18th century folio-sized colored stipple engraving with hand-finishing entitled "Le Mangabey, Buff, Simia Aethiops, Linne", which was drawn and engraved by Jean Bapt...
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Late 18th Century Animal Prints

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Engraving

"Little Harvest Mouse": A Framed Original Audubon Hand-colored Folio Lithograph
By John James Audubon
Located in Alamo, CA
This rare original first edition Audubon hand-colored imperial folio-sized lithograph entitled "Mud Minimus Aud and Bach, Little Harvest Mouse, Males and Females, Natural Size" was e...
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Mid-19th Century Naturalistic Animal Prints

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Lithograph

Hooded Merganser: Original First Edition Hand Colored Audubon Bird Lithograph
By John James Audubon
Located in Alamo, CA
An original rare and extremely collectible first edition John James Audubon hand colored royal octavo lithograph entitled "Hooded Merganser", No. 83, Plate 443, from Audubon's "Birds...
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Mid-19th Century Naturalistic Animal Prints

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Lithograph

Prideaux John Selby "Bee Eaters European M&F" Hand Colored Etching c.1820s
Located in San Francisco, CA
Prideaux John Selby "Bee Eaters European M&F" Hand Colored Etching c.1820s From Selby's Illustrations of British Ornithology Plate dimensions 15.5" wide x 22.25" high The frame me...
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Mid-19th Century Animal Prints

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Etching

'Autumn', Hand-colored Lithograph, listening to music under the tree
Located in Santa Cruz, CA
An early twentieth-century, hand-colored lithograph showing an idyllic scene of two young lovers in medieval dress seated in a rural bower beneath fruiting grape vines and a spreadin...
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1920s Romantic Animal Prints

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Paper, Lithograph

19th C. Gould Hand-Colored "Cyanifrons", Blue-capped Saucerottia Hummingbirds
By John Gould and Henry Constantine Richter
Located in Alamo, CA
This is a hand-colored folio sized lithograph entitled "Saucerottia Cyanifrons", Blue-capped Saucerottia Hummingbirds by John Gould, published in his "A Monograph of the Trochilidae...
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Mid-19th Century Naturalistic Animal Prints

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Lithograph

Fox Squirrel: An Original 19th Century Audubon Hand-colored Lithograph
By John James Audubon
Located in Alamo, CA
This is an original John James Audubon hand-colored lithograph entitled "Fox Squirrel", No. 14, Plate 68, LXVIII from Audubon's 'Quadrupeds of North America', printed and colored by ...
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Mid-19th Century Naturalistic Animal Prints

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Lithograph

Hummingbirds: 19th C. Gould Hand-colored "Phaethornis Augusti", Salle's Hermit
By John Gould and Henry Constantine Richter
Located in Alamo, CA
This is a hand-colored folio sized lithograph entitled "Phaethornis Augusti", Salle's Hermit Hummingbird by John Gould, published in his "A Monograph of the Trochilidae, or Family of...
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Mid-19th Century Naturalistic Animal Prints

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Lithograph

Willet or Stone Curlew: A First Octavo Edition Audubon Hand-colored Lithograph
By John James Audubon
Located in Alamo, CA
This is an original John James Audubon hand-colored royal first octavo edition lithograph entitled "Semipalmated Snipe, Willet or Stone Curlew, 1. Male Spring Plumage, 2. Female in W...
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Mid-19th Century Naturalistic Animal Prints

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Lithograph

Red-throated Diver Bird Original First Edition Audubon Hand Colored Lithograph
By John James Audubon
Located in Alamo, CA
This is an original rare and extremely collectible first octavo edition John James Audubon hand colored royal octavo lithograph entitled "Red-throated Diver", No. 96, Plate 478, from...
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Mid-19th Century Naturalistic Animal Prints

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Lithograph

Purple Martin Bien Ed. J.J. Audubon rare hand colored chromolithograph
By John James Audubon
Located in Paonia, CO
Two adult Purple Martins are feeding their two fledglings at the nest. This chromolithograph is from The Birds of America by John James Audubon and is considered to be the single g...
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Mid-18th Century Animal Prints

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Lithograph

White-throated Capuchin Monkey: Framed Audebert 18th C. Hand-colored Engraving
Located in Alamo, CA
This is a framed 18th century folio-sized colored stipple engraving with hand-finishing entitled "Le Sai a gorge blanche. Variete A. Buff. Simia capucina. v.a.", which was drawn and ...
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Late 18th Century Animal Prints

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Engraving

African Mandrill Monkey: A Framed 18th C. Hand-colored Engraving by Audebert
Located in Alamo, CA
This is a framed 18th century folio-sized colored stipple engraving with hand-finishing entitled "Le Mandrill. Buff. Simia Maimon. Linn, which was drawn and engraved by Jean Baptiste...
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Late 18th Century Animal Prints

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Engraving

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Find the exact hand colored animal print you’re shopping for in the variety available on 1stDibs. Making the right choice when shopping for a hand colored animal print may mean carefully reviewing examples of this item dating from different eras — you can find an early iteration of this piece from the 18th Century and a newer version made as recently as the 20th Century. If you’re looking to add a hand colored animal print to create new energy in an otherwise neutral space in your home, you can find a work on 1stDibs that features elements of gray, beige, brown, white and more. Finding an appealing hand colored animal print — no matter the origin — is easy, but John James Audubon, George Edwards, Francois Nicolas Martinet, John Gould and Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon each produced popular versions that are worth a look. Artworks like these of any era or style can make for thoughtful decor in any space, but a selection from our variety of those made in lithograph, engraving and paper can add an especially memorable touch.

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The price for an artwork of this kind can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — a hand colored animal print in our inventory may begin at $125 and can go as high as $9,000, while the average can fetch as much as $775.

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