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    With 150 Hand-Colored Plates

    John James Audubon and John Bachman. The Quadrupeds of North America. New York: V. G. Audubon, 1852, 1851, 1853.

    Mixed edition. Three octavo volumes. viii, 383; 334; 357 pages. 150 colored plates, all with tissue guards, all hand-colored lithographs. Volume I (1852), second edition; volumes II (1851) and III (1853), first editions. Volumes II and III printed with the full title The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America.

    Bound in full contemporary brown morocco with ornate black-stamped designs. All edges gilt. Corners slightly bumped and some moderate scuffing to bottom edge of boards. The set has been rebacked in dark red calf with raised bands and gilt titles; new decorative endpapers. The previous owner's name has been gilt-stamped to base of spine. Occasional mild foxing. A beautiful, tight copy, with clean and vibrant plates. Very good.

    This unusual variant has 150 plates, in keeping with the original folio edition. Six additional plates were added as supplements to subscribers of the folio. Five of those plates were included in most all of the octavo editions, making a standard run of 150 plates. In this set, volume III includes an unbroken run of plates 101, through 150, in keeping with the animals listed in the table of contents. This early issue of the first edition of volume III was bound with neither the text nor the plates, in keeping with the folio edition.

    Ron Flynn, The Audubon Price Guide.

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