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    A Beautiful Set Illustrated With 155 Vivid
    Hand-Colored Plates

    John James Audubon and John Bachman. The Quadrupeds of North America. New-York: Published by V.G. Audubon, 1849, 1851, and 1854. First octavo edition. Three volumes. viii, 383, [1]; [2], 334, [2, blank]; [4], 348 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. Finely bound in recent green morocco accented with elaborate floral designs stamped in gilt on the boards and spine; gilt dentelles; titles stamped in gilt on tan leather labels and mounted within compartments on the spine. Top edges gilt. Marbled endpapers. A beautifully clean and bright set in about fine condition. 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. Bennett, p. 5. B.M.N.H. I, p. 71. McGill/Wood, p. 208. Nissen, ZBI, 163. Phillips, Sporting Books, p. 27. Sabin 2368.

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