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    John James Audubon and John Bachman. The Quadrupeds of North America. New York: V. G. Audubon, 1849-1854. First octavo edition. Three volumes. Octavo (10.125 x 7.125 inches; 258 x 180 mm). [i-v], vi-viii, 383 [384]; [i-ii], 334; [i-iii], iv-v, 348 pages. Illustrated with 155 hand-finished lithographs with tissue guards (note: plates 58 and 59 are bound in a 59 and 58 sequence). Half leather binding with marbled boards with gold-stamped title and authors' names on spine; marbled edges of pages. Slight foxing on end papers. Near fine. Audubon (1785-1851), noted for his The Birds of America (published between 1827 and 1839), began a project to paint every North American quadruped species. For this end, and despite his age and health, Audubon traveled across North America, including British and Russian territories, the U. S. and parts of Mexico, collecting specimens to use as models for his paintings. The accompanying text was produced by John Bachman (1790-1874), a pastor who had studied quadrupeds since he was a young man and who was recognized as an authority on the subject in the United States. The work first appeared in three folio volumes, 1845-1848. In order to reach a wider audience, the family then prepared this edition in octavo. Audubon died in 1851 before he could see the octavo edition completed. Sabin 2368.

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