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Bonaparte's American Ornithology color plates, complete  

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American Ornithology; Or, The Natural History of the Birds of the United States

Wilson, Alexander & Charles Lucian Bonaparte


Samuel Augustus Mitchell / Carey, Lea & Carey



Four Volumes. 27 hand-colored engraved plates after T.R. Peale, A. Rider, and J.J. Audubon (one figure of plate 4) by A. Lawson. (Folio) 38x28.5 cm (15x11¼"), red half-calf with marbled boards, tooled and lettered in gilt on spines. First Edition.

First edition of Bonaparte's continuation of Alexander Wilson's American Ornithology. This set has the rare first issue of vol. I, with the Mitchell imprint. Bonaparte originally conceived the work in three volumes, only publishing the fourth in 1833, some five years after Volume III. This is the complete set including Volume IV.  Zimmer 64; Bennett 16; Nissen IVB 116; Sabin 6264. 

Lot Amendments

Light wear to bindings; top corner of Volume I title page repaired, some offsetting and bleed-through from plates; fresh endpapers, toning and foxing; very good.

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