Lot 21
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Audubon, John James

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  • The Birds of America, from Drawings made in the United States and their Territories. New York: J. J. Audubon, Philadelphia: J. B. Chevalier, 1840-1844
  • paper, leather, ink
7 volumes, 8vo (10 5/8 x 6 3/4 in.; 270 x 172 mm). 500 handcolored lithographed plates after Audubon by W. E. Hitchcock, R. Trembly, and others, printed and colored by J. T. Bowen, with tissue guards, numerous wood-engraved text illustrations, half-titles, and list of subscribers in each volume; heavy spotting in first volume preliminaries, with dampstain in lower gutter margin affecting first few leaves and marginal spotting elsewhere in that vol not affecting plates, occasional spotting to text and tissue guards in other vols, generally clean internally. Contemporary red three-quarter morocco and marbled boards; extremities and spines worn, dampstains affecting lower portion of spines in two vols, vol 7 rebacked with original spine laid in.


Ayer/Zimmer, p. 22, Nissen IVB, 51; Reese 34; Sabin 2364

Catalogue Note

First octavo edition. After completing the double-elephant folio edition at great expense in England, Audubon returned to the United States and used the Philadelphia firm of Bowen to produce a more profitable octavo version under the supervision of his sons. It enjoyed a tremendous success and established his reputation. The octavo edition adds 65 new images to the original plate count of the double-elephant folio.