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    Plate Volume Containing All Seventy-Six Beautiful Hand-Colored Plates by "The Father of American Ornithology"

    [Alexander Wilson. American Ornithology; or, the Natural History of the Birds of the United States. Plates. Engraved and Coloured from Original Drawings taken from Nature. New York and Philadelphia: Collins & Co. and Harrison Hall, 1829.] One tall folio volume (approximately 19 x 13.25 inches). Plate volume only, no text volumes. No title page (presumed 1829 imprint). With all seventy-six tissue-guarded hand-colored engraved plates after Wilson, with gum arabic highlights, including the cleanest example of the Bald Eagle (plate 36) we've seen. Contemporary half leather over marbled boards, with gilt spine titles. Significant wear, chipping, and abrading to the binding. Boards detached. Ownership signature to front flyleaf. Some tiny, insignificant, marginal closed tears to the edges of the plates. Scattered, mostly marginal foxing and thumb-soiling. Tiny corner chips to some plates. Overall, the plates are in excellent condition, though the binding is in need of some restoration. Sold as a collection of plates, not subject to return.

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    Scots-born Alexander Wilson (1766-1813) left Scotland for the United States in 1794 and earned money as a weaver, a peddler, and as a schoolteacher. In 1802 he met naturalist William Bartram who encouraged him to study and paint the birds he encountered on his long walks. Wilson's American Ornithology was originally published in nine volumes between 1808 and 1814, and its publication was greeted with excitement and international acclaim. Wilson's great and important work pre-dates Audubon, earning Wilson the title of "The Father of American Ornithology."



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