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Value of Audubon, Catesby prints topic of lecture

Contact: Peggy Binette 803-777-5400

A top dealer in rare natural history prints will discuss the value of illustrations by John James Audubon and Mark Catesby Tuesday, April 19, at 5 p.m. in the Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library at the University of South Carolina.

The talk by W. Graham Arader III, who has 35 years experience working with major auctions, galleries and restoration and framing services, is titled “Valuing Audubon and Catesby: The Importance of the Study of Natural History Illustration.”

Millions of prints of Audubon’s illustrations of birds and Catesby’s illustrations of flora and fauna have been sold worldwide. Arader, considered a top authority on those two artists, will discuss the history and market for natural history prints and the factors that determine their value, including authentication, rarity, popularity and condition.

Many original Audubon and Catesby prints from USC’s Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections will be on display at the event.

Seating is limited. Those interested in attending should contact the library at 803-576-6016 or

Arader is a prominent specialist in rare maps, natural history prints, original natural history watercolors and historical astronomy illustrations. He has evaluated individual prints and complete sets of both Audubon’s and Catesby’s work for clients.

In March 2009, University Libraries was a given a rare first edition of Mark Catesby’s 18th-century “The Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands” by Susan Gibbes Robinson of Columbia. It joined later Catesby editions, as well as some of the nation’s finest holdings in natural history, including the complete original double-elephant folio set of John James Audubon’s “Birds of America” and a first edition “American Ornithology” by Alexander Wilson.

For more information on USC’s natural history holdings, visit the Irvin department online at

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Posted: 04/08/11 @ 5:50 PM | Updated: 10/13/11 @ 1:55 PM | Permalink

W. Graham Arader III talk

  • What: Discussion of value of illustrations by John James Audubon and Mark Catesby.
  • Who: W. Graham Arader III, top dealer in rare natural history prints
  • When: Tuesday, April 19, 5 p.m.
  • Where: Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library

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