Friday, April 18, 2008

Bien Aubudons to be Displayed

The Connecticut Post reports that a copy of Julius Bien's 1860 rare chromolithograph double-elephant edition of Audubon's Birds of America will be on display at the Pequot Library in Fairfield, CT.

Bien got only about a quarter of the way through his edition (just 105 plates) before the Civil War forced an end to the project. Most of the prints were sold off unbound; the Pequot's copy is all the rarer for having its plates (65) bound into a volume.

The exhibit will open tomorrow with a talk at 7:30 p.m. by Joel Oppenheimer on "Audubon's life, the different editions of Birds of America, and how the evolution of printing techniques influenced his art."

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