Acquired from Victor Audubon in 1850 by the City of New York; Sotheby's, New York, John James Audubon The Birds of America, October 18-19, 1985, sale 5373, lot 131, with the accompanying certificate of Provenance signed by Mayor Edward I. Koch.
The print is in good condition apart from a 2 3/4 inch repaired tear in the upper margin, not affecting the image. A few lesser tears and creases in the brittle edges. Glue and stitch holes along disbound edge. Some soiling, discoloration and staining in the edges. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.