Wednesday, October 24, 2018
John Audobon. BIRDS OF AMERICA. First edition. 8vo.
Publisher’s Deluxe Edition
Audubon, John James. THE BIRDS OF AMERICA, from Drawings Made in the United States and Their Territories. 7 Volumes. New York & Philadelphia: J. J. Audubon and J. B. Chevalier, 1840–1844. 1st octavo edition. Complete.
500 hand-colored 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. Publisher's deluxe original full russet morocco binding with splendidly gilt Washington sea-eagle on front and back boards. Elaborate gilt tooling of spine compartments. All volumes re-backed. A fine set.
Vol. 1: 256pp. 70 plates
Vol. 2: 205pp. 70 plates
Vol. 3: 233pp. 70 plates
Vol. 4: 321pp. 70 plates
Vol. 5: 346pp. 70 plates
Vol. 6: 457pp. 70 plates
Vol. 7: 371pp. 80 plates
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. The octavo version enjoyed tremendous success and established Audubon’s reputation. The octavo edition adds 65 new images to the original plate count of the double-elephant folio.
[Comes with The Prospectus for the Birds of America]. John James Audubon. The Birds of America, Engraved from Drawings made in the United States and Their Territories. Published by the Author, and to be Seen at Mr. R. Havell’s Printseller, etc. London, 1833. 16pp, including the titles of the plates, and the names of the subscribers. The prospectus is most often seen in Audobon’s Ornithological Biography, but here it appears as a stand-alone. An earlier edition was published in 1831.