Audubon, John James. BLACK VULTURE OR CARRION CROW. Plate 106 from Birds of America. Hand-colored engraving with aquatint, by Robert Havell 1831 after the painting by Audubon. From the Double-elephant folio first edition of The Birds of America. Edition of 420. 25 x 38 inches. A fine impression with the colors strong and fresh, except with the following defects: vertical creases from folding visible on both the left and right sides, approximately 4-5 inches from the edges; an expertly restored triangular piece about 4 inches on each side at the lower left corner, just touching the image, with a small area of in-painting; a few small spots of foxing or other discoloration in the white area on either side of the image; and a few small losses and small tears at the extreme edges of the sheet. Still a handsome, presentable and collectible example of this rare and important print.
BLACK VULTURE OR CARRION CROW