Alexander Wilson. American Ornithology; Or, the Natural History of the Birds of the United States. Illustrated with plates engraved and colored from original drawings taken from nature. Vol I[-II, IV-V]. Philadelphia: published by Bradford & Innskeep, printed by Robert Carr, 1808[-1812]. Partial first edition set. Folio. Four of the first five volumes; nine eventually published. [vi], 158; [2], [v]-xii, [13]-167, [1, blank]; [2], [v]-xii, [13]-100; [2], [v]-xii, [13]-122 pages. Illustrated with forty-four (of forty-five) plates, lacking number twelve. Contemporary red half-calf over marbled boards, spine lettered and ruled in gilt. Bindings worn, volume four binding broken with front matter and beginning of text (as well as a couple plates) disbound; plate fifteen loose. Text-block and plates browned, with foxing and offsetting throughout. Private library bookplate. Good with a handful of plates in nicer condition. Tucher, 2334.

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