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    John James Audubon. The Birds of America. From Drawings Made in the United States and Their Territories. New York: J. J. Audubon; Philadelphia: J. B. Chevalier, [1839]. First octavo edition in seven of the original 100 parts, Nos. 32 and 37 in tan wrappers, and Nos. 92, 93, 94, 95, and 96 in blue wrappers. Octavo (10.75 x 7 inches; 273 x 178 mm). 57-68; 129-140; 205-224; 225-248; 249-264; 265-280; 281-312 pages. Illustrated with 35 color lithographic plates, five in each part, with tissue guards. Parts are in original blue wrappers in a cloth custom box. Parts 6 and 7 parts are showing paper loss on spines. Based on page numbers, this set appears to be missing at least one part. Good. The octavo edition of Audubon's monumental work on birds.

    More Information: "The original 8vo edition of this title. The purely ornithological text of Audubon's 'Ornithological Biography,' 1830-31 (q.v.), revised and rearranged by the author according to his 'A Synopsis of the Birds of North America,' 1939 (q.v.), with much additional matter but with the 'Delineation of American Scenery and Manners' omitted. The plates are modified copies of those of the original folio, 'The Birds of America,' 1827-38 (q.v.), reduced by camera lucida and lithographed. Some of the backgrounds are entirely changed, others greatly modified, and the original composition is altered so that but one species is represented on a plate. In the case of four species, each occupies two plates, and in one case (p. 88), the figures of two originals (pll. XXXV and XCV) have been combined on one plate. There are 7 species of the 'Ornithological Biography' and 'Synopsis' which are figured here for the first time and 17 new forms are added in an appendix. The plates are rearranged in accordance with the text and renumbered in sequence to correspond. In Vol. III the names on pll. 187 and 188 are transposed, and, curiously enough, this error is perpetuated throughout all the subsequent 8vo editions of the work. This edition, which is the only 8vo published by the author himself, was issued in 100 parts, 14 of which are found in each of Vols. I-VI, and 16 in Vol. VII" (Ayer/Zimmer I, p. 22).

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