JOHN JAMES AUDUBON - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 09/02/1845 - HFSID 285903
JOHN JAMES AUDUBON He signs a handwritten personal letter to Robert Havell, Jr., principal engraver for Birds of America. Autograph Letter signed: "John J Audubon", 1 page, 6½x8. Minnie's Land, (New York), 1845 September 2.
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JOHN JAMES AUDUBON He signs a handwritten personal letter to Robert Havell, Jr., principal engraver for Birds of America. Autograph Letter signed: "John J Audubon", 1 page, 6½x8. Minnie's Land, (New York), 1845 September 2. To Robert Havell [Jr.]. In full: "I find that my fore-head is not well enough for me to have the pleasure of going to your house this evening; and besides the weather is too rainy to enjoy the trip. If possible I will be with you on Thursday evening, and will spend Friday with you and your friend. Pledge to remember me most kindly to Mrs Havell and your amicable Daughter; and believe me as ever your sincere friend & servant." Robert Havell was Audubon's friend and printer. Naturalist, ornithologist, and artist John James Audubon (1785-1851) is best known for The Birds of America, a series of illustrated books that was published over a 12-year period. Audubon moved to Minnie's Land, an estate on upper Manhattan, in 1841. The year before this letter, the Octavo (or miniature edition) of The Birds of America was published as Audubon was working on the first folio of his mammal series, The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America. Father and son English engravers Robert Havell Sr. and Jr. began reproducing Audubon's drawings of Birds of America in 1827. After the father's retirement in 1828, Robert Havell, Jr. (1793-1878) continued the task until the series completion in 1838. At Audubon's urging, Havell moved to America in 1839, and the collaborators became good friends. Lightly creased. Folds, vertical folds touch the "n" in John. Lightly soiled, irregular lower edge. Otherwise, fine condition.
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