Lot 10 of 196:
Audubon's Quadrupeds first octavo edition  

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The Quadrupeds of North America

Audubon, John James and John Bachman

New York

V[ictor] G[ifford] Audubon



3 volumes. (iii)-viii, 383, [1]; [ii], 334; [ii], 348, (iii)-v pp. Illustrated with 155 hand-colored lithographed plates after J.J. and J.W. Audubon, drawn on stone by W.E. Hitchcock and printed and colored by J.T. Bowen & Co. of Philadelphia; tissue guards. (Large 8vo) 26.5x18 cm (10½x7") period brown half morocco and cloth, gilt-lettered spines, all edges speckled red. First Octavo Edition.

Famed collaboration between Audubon and his sons, John Woodhouse and Victor Gifford, and the Lutheran minister, John Bachman. They traveled through much newly explored territory, illustrating many species that are scarce or endangered today. Beautiful hand-colored plates of hares, squirrels, buffalo, wolves, deer, grizzly bears, etc. The octavo edition was first issued in parts between 1849 and 1854; V.G. Audubon published the first three octavo editions. Two of the preliminary leaves in Volume 3 have been bound in at the rear rather than the front; half titles and list of subscribers not present.

Lot Amendments

Bindings rubbed, hinges cracked or starting; all tissues present, plates overall quite clean and bright; very good.

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