Description[T. S. Eliot]. John James Audubon and John Bachman. The Quadrupeds of North America. New-York: Published by V. G. Audubon, 1852, 1851, and 1854. Mixed octavo edition (volumes I and III and second editions, volume II is a first). Three royal octavo volumes. Approximately 10.5 x 6.75 inches. viii, 383, ; , 334, [2, blank]; , [vi], 348, [2, blank] pages. Complete with all 155 fine hand-colored lithographed plates after Audubon and J. W. Audubon by W. E. Hitchcock and R. Trembly. With original tissue guards. Contemporary full black morocco, front boards decoratively paneled in gilt with gilt floral cornerpieces, spines tooled and lettered in gilt in compartments, gilt board edges and turn-ins, yellow coated endleaves, all edges gilt. Volumes rebacked, retaining the original spines, hinges reinforced. Spines sunned, bindings worn at edges (with some loss to spines), endleaves and a few text pages and plates somewhat foxed, some occasional thumbsoiling to text and a few plates. Text and plates a bit toned. T. S. Eliot's bookplates on front pastedowns of volumes II and III. Laid-in is a small card inscribed by T. S. Eliot's brother, Henry Ware Eliot, Jr. to T. S. Eliot's niece, Priscilla: "with much love to Priscilla from Uncle Henry". Overall, a near fine copy with plates generally clean and with an unusual literary association. Bennett, p. 5. B.M.N.H. I, p. 71. McGill/Wood, p. 208. Nissen, ZBI, 163. Phillips, Sporting Books, p. 27. Sabin 2368. From a T. S. Eliot Family Collection.
More Information: The Quadrupeds was first published in three elephant folio volumes between 1845 and 1848 in thirty parts, to correspond to three volumes, with 150 colored plates. The text appeared subsequently in 1846, 1851, and 1852. This was supplemented in 1854 by an additional volume of text and six plates. In 1849, 1851, and 1854 the octavo edition was released in thirty-one parts, followed by a bound octavo edition with the same dates. This edition contained 155 plates, being all those in the original folio edition, plus five of the six in the 1854 folio supplement, reduced by means of the camera lucida. The octavo edition was seen through the press by Audubon's sons, John W. and Victor, as the author was in declining health during its preparation and died in January of 1851. Bound copies of the octavo edition with the V. G. Audubon imprint, including some in publisher's bindings, have been cited with various combinations of dates, some as late as 1856.
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