Lot 67
  • 67

Wilson, Alexander.

10,000 - 15,000 GBP
11,250 GBP
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  • American Ornithology; Or, the natural history of the birds of the United States. Philadelphia: Bradford and Inskeep and others, 1808-1825
  • paper
Mixed edition (volumes 1-6 first edition, volumes 7-9 second edition), 9 volumes bound in 5, 4to (353 x 274mm.), 76 hand-coloured engraved plates, contemporary red half morocco gilt by Lesné, [Anker 533; Fine Bird Books, p.114; Nissen IVB 992], vol.6 with some browning and spotting, and a few text leaves with traces of ink offsetting


Marcel Jeanson, bookplate, sale, Sotheby's Monaco, 16 June 1988, lot, 79, FF130,000

Catalogue Note

A fine copy of the most comprehensive American ornithology before Audubon, from the library of Marcel Jeanson. Wilson (1766-1813) was born in Paisley and emigrated to America in 1794. Encouraged by the naturalist William Bartram, Wilson resolved to publish a book figuring all known North American birds. The resulting nine-volume work included 268 species, twenty-six of which had not been previously recorded. Wilson died during the composition of the ninth volume, which was completed by George Ord.