Lot 48
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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, and Philadelphia: J. B. Chevalier, 1840–1844
  • paper, ink, paint, leather
ILLUSTRATION: 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, list of subscribers in each volume. 

7 volumes, 8vo (10 1/4 x 6 5/8 in.; 267 x 168 mm). BINDING: Contemporary half brown morocco, spines lettered in gilt, marbled boards, marbled endpapers.

Signature or inscription above imprint on title-page in each volume clipped, some occasional foxing generally not affecting plates, some dampstaining in vol. II. Spines renewed with backstrips laid down, covers rubbed, some inner hinges reinforced with green buckram tape.


Ayer/Zimmer, p. 22; Nissen 51; Reese, American Color Plate Books 34; Sabin 2364; cf. Tyler, Audubon's Great National Work

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.