All 500 original hand colored lithographs bound into seven volumes. 10 1/84" X 6 5/8".
Bound into a full contemporary morocco leather binding, the titles are gilt on the spines. Raised bands on spines; decorative stamping to covers. Brown end papers; a small book sellers label on front paste down end papers on each of the 7 volumes C. Francis & Co, 252 Broadway, NY.Half titles on each volume. Front hinge of volume I showing some wear but still very much intact; front hinge of volume VII has been reinforced. (Very) scattered foxing on some text pages; the plates are overwhelmingly unaffected. One plate with a small piece of the tissue guard attached to the illustration; lacking two (out of 500) tissue guards.
No plates have been torn, closely trimmed or altered in any way: pristine inside and out. A completely apology free set. We are pleased to offer this beautiful second edition complete 7 volume set of J.Audubon's The Birds Of America. This is the second complete edition and the first American edition published 1856. The work is one of the "most beautiful, popular, and important natural history books published in America in the nineteenth century representing the best of pre-Civil War American lithography and giving Audubon the opportunity finally to display his scholarship and genius to a large American audience for the first time" (Ron Tyler). This second edition was published by Victor Audubon (JJA'S son) in 1856. Although the text is identical to that of the first edition, the stones used to make the plates often had to be renewed, resulting in changes in lettering and occasionally in the landscape backgrounds or other elements.
This set was published by JJA's son in law following his death in 1851. The plates, here accompanied by the text for the first time, were reduced and variously modified from the Havell engravings in the double-elephant folio work. Seven new species are figured and seventeen others, previously described in the Ornithological Biography but not illustrated, were also shown for the first time.Audubon may have been prompted to publish the reduced version of his double-elephant folio by the appearance in 1839 of John Kirk Townsend's rival Ornithology of the United States; or, as he writes in the introduction to the present work, he may have succumbed to public demand and his wish that a work similar to his large work should be published but at such a price, as would enable every student or lover of nature to place it in his Library. Our pricing is the most competitive as one would hope to find on the internet and the clean plates only makes this that much more desirable.
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We also have a similarly fantastic set of another first edition Birds set. 5; Fries, Appendix A; Nissen IVB 51; Reese, Stamped With A National Character 34; Ripley 13; Ron Tyler, Audubon's Great National Work (1993) Appendix I; Sabin 2364; Wood p. Thank you for looking and please be sure and look at our other auctions for other fine works by Audubon from the first as well as the 1860 editions of the. We also have other architectural, natural history plates as well as original maps, all guaranteed original. Please note that we now have (finally, mercifully) a legitimate "about me".
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We also have listed several prints from Shaw and Nodder's "The Naturalist's Miscellany", flower prints from Curtis' "Flora Londinensis", P. We will be updating this frequently. We are committed to offering the very best antique prints available with over the top superior service.For more information about us. The item "Complete 7 Volume J. Audubon Birds Of America 2nd Ed Set 1856-All 500 Plates" is in sale since Monday, November 15, 2021.
This item is in the category "Books & Magazines\Antiquarian & Collectible". The seller is "cirqlar" and is located in Cleveland, Ohio. This item can be shipped worldwide.