AUDUBON, JOHN JAMES and BACHMAN, JOHN The Quadrupeds of North America
. New York: Published by V.G. Audubon, 1849-54. First edition. Thirty-one original parts as issued, retaining the wrappers, housed in three later brown morocco slipcases and chemises. 10 3/4 x 7 1/4 inches (27.5 x 18.5 cm); with 155 hand-colored lithographic plates by W.E. Hitchcock and R. Trembly, printed and colored by Nagel & Weingaertner and J.T. Bowen. The wrappers of the first part are stripped at the spine and somewhat defective, the last part has a small wormhole through the final fifteen or so leaves, the remaining parts with some light wear, occasional wrapper defects (and several wrappers starting to separate), but in all a sound set, the plates generally extremely fresh.
Audubon's Quadrupeds was first issued in parts as here, and it is rare in this form, as most sets were subsequently bound up. Each part was issued with five plates under tissue guards, with the corresponding text. The second volume begins at part 11; the third at part 21. The title to the second volume appears in part 20, and that to the third in part 31, after the index.
C Property from the Wynant D. Vanderpoel Trust
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