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    John James Audubon and the Rev. John Bachman. The Quadrupeds of North America. New-York: Published by V. G. Audubon, 1851-1854. First octavo edition, Henry Cabot Lodge's set with his bookplate. Three octavo volumes. xiv, [xv], [1, blank], 383, [1, blank] pages; [iv], [1]-334 pages; v, [vi], [1]-348 pages. Includes 155 lithographic plates after Audubon drawn on stone by William E. Hitchcock, and printed by J. T. Bowen. Publisher's deluxe brown morocco, lettering blind-stamped on front, spines lettered in gilt, all edges gilt. With marbled endpapers and original tissue guards. Leather boards rubbed with a few nicks and scratches, joints a bit worn, spines scuffed. Gilt text block edges lightly worn and scuffed, inner hinges cracked. Front blank leaves have papers measuring 6.5 x 3 inches affixed, covering previous owner's signature. Sabin 2368; Henderson, Early American Sport, p. 64-65; Dance, The Art of Natural History, p. 157.

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    "Audubon and Bachman's Quadrupeds of North America... exhibit the the symptoms of anthropomorphism. Their expressions are often human; one creature, a Carolina Squirrel... is shown sitting on a branch, smiling.

    "Perhaps, then, the reason why Audubon's illustrations have always been so popular with naturalists and laymen is not that they depict animals accurately and in natural, true-to-life postures... It seems as though their popularity comes from reaching out to a human audience in recognisably human ways" (Dance, The Art of Natural History, p. 157).

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