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    With 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.

    Plate volume only from the second American edition. Folio. Title page and seventy-six tissue-guarded, hand-colored, copper-engraved plates after Wilson, some with gum arabic highlights. Plates measuring 14.5 x 11 inches.

    Later library binding of full brown cloth with gilt spine titles. Moderate wear and staining to boards. Extremities rubbed. Library label to front pastedown, partially removed. Remnants of removed label or bookplate to rear pastedown. Front endpaper detached. Occasional foxing and staining, mostly to the margins. Last two plates with heavier foxing. Very small tape repair to the top edge of plate 67. Light to medium thumb-soiling. A few numbered in pencil in the lower margin. Plates are otherwise bright, with vivid color. A beautiful collection of prints in very good condition.

    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." This atlas volume contains a later printing of the plates, with the best coloring of any edition issued at that point.

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