Selected Bibliography

Audubon, John James, “Account of the Method of Drawing Birds Employed by J.J. Audubon, Esq. F.R.S.E. In a Letter to a Friend,” Edinburgh Journal of Science 8 (1828): 48–54.

Audubon, John James, “Notes on the Bird of Washington—(Fálco Washingtoniàna), or Great American Sea Eagle,” Magazine of Natural History 1 (1828–29): 115–20.

Audubon, John James. Ornithological Biography, or An Account of the Habits of the Birds of the United States of America: Accompanied by Descriptions of the Objects Represented in the Work Entitled “The Birds of America,” and Interspersed with Delineations of American Scenery and Manners. 5 vols. Edinburgh: Adam Black, 1831–39.
(See on-line resource featuring all five volumes:

Audubon, John James. Journal of John James Audubon: Made During His Trip to New Orleans in 1820–21. Ed. Howard Corning. Boston: Club of Odd Volumes, 1929.

Audubon, John James. Letters of John James Audubon, 1826–40. Ed. Howard Corning.
2 vols. Boston: Club of Odd Volumes, 1930.

Audubon, John James. The 1826 Journal of John James Audubon. Transcribed and ed. Alice Ford. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1967.


Audubon, John James. John James Audubon’s Journal of 1826: The Voyage to The Birds of America. Ed. Daniel Patterson. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2011. (Forthcoming an online version edited by Christoph Irmscher and published by the Field Museum, Chicago.)

Audubon, John James. The Letters of John James Audubon. 2 vols. in 1. Ed. Howard Corning. Boston: Club of Odd Volumes, 1969.

Audubon, John James. Audubon, by Himself. Ed. Alice Ford. Garden City, NY: Natural History Press for the American Museum of Natural History, 1969.

Audubon, John James. My Style of Drawing Birds. Ardsley, NY: Overland Press for the Haydn Foundation, 1979.

Audubon, John James. Selected Journals and Other Writings: John James Audubon. Ed. Ben Forkner. New York: Penguin Books, 1996.

Audubon, John James. Writings and Drawings. Ed. Christoph Irmscher. New York: Library of America, 1999.

Audubon, John James. The Audubon Reader. Ed. Richard Rhodes. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2006.

Audubon, Lucy Green Bakewell, ed. The Life of John James Audubon, the Naturalist. New York: G.P. Putnam, 1869.

Audubon, Maria R., and Elliott Coues, eds.  Audubon and His Journals. 2 vols. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1897.

Blaugrund, Annette, and Theodore E. Stebbins Jr., eds. John James Audubon: The Watercolors for “The Birds of America.” Exh. cat. New York: Villard Books, Random House, and N-YHS, 1993.

Boehme, Sarah E. John James Audubon in the West: The Last Expedition. Mammals of North America. New York: Harry N. Abrams, in association with Buffalo Bill Historical Center, 2000.

Chalmers, John. Audubon in Edinburgh. Edinburgh: National Museums of Scotland, 2003.

Davidson, Marshall B., ed. The Original Water-Color Paintings by John James Audubon for “The Birds of America. 2 vols. in 1.  New York: American Heritage, 1966.

Elphick, Jonathan. Birds: The Art of Ornithology. (2004). New York: Rizzoli, 2005.

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

Foshay, Ella M. John James Audubon. New York: Harry N. Abrams, in association with National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 1997.

Fries, Waldemar H. The Double Elephant Folio: The Story of Audubon’s “Birds of America.” Chicago: American Library Association, 1973. (Rev. ed. by Susanne Low, 2005, updates only the complete sets of double-elephant prints, in an appendix.)

Goddu, Joseph. John James Audubon & Robert Havell, Jr.: Artist’s Proofs for “The Birds of America.” Exh. cat. New York: Hirschl & Adler Galleries, 2002.

Hart-Davis, Duff. Audubon’s Elephant: America’s Greatest Naturalist and the Making of “The Birds of America.” (2003). New York: Henry Holt, 2004.

Herrick, Francis Hobart. Audubon the Naturalist: A History of His Life and Time. 2 vols.

New York: Dover Publications, 1968. Reprint of the second edition of 1938 updating the bibliography in the first: New York and London: D. Appleton, 1917.

Low, Susanne M. A Guide to Audubon’s “Birds of America.” New Haven and New York: William Reese & Donald A. Heald, 2002.

Olson, Roberta J.M. Audubon’s Aviary: The Original Watercolors for “The Birds of America.” New York: Skira/Rizzoli and the N-YHS, 2012.

Olson, Roberta J.M., “The ‘Early Birds’ of John James Audubon,” Master Drawings 50:4 (2012): 439–87.

Olson, Roberta J.M., and Alexandra Mazzitelli, “Audubons’ Bats: Like Father, Like Son?,” The New-York Journal of American History 66:2 (2003): 68–89.

Pasquier, Roger F., and John Farrand Jr. Masterpieces of Bird Art: 700 Years of Ornithological Illustration. New York: Abbeville, 1991.

Rhodes, Richard. John James Audubon: The Making of an American. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2004.

Rhodes, Richard, Scott V. Edwards, and Leslie A. Morris, eds. Audubon: Early Drawings. Cambridge, MA, and London: Belknap Press of Harvard University, 2008.

Souder, William. Under a Wild Sky: John James Audubon and the Making of “The Birds of America.” New York: North Point Press, 2004.

Walters, Michael. A Concise History of Ornithology. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2003.

Weissmann, Gerald, “Darwin’s Audubon,” in Gerald Weissmann, Darwin’s Audubon: Science and the Liberal Imagination. New York: Plenum, 1998, 9–24.

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