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    John James Audubon. The Birds of America from Drawings Made in the United States and Their Territories. No. [63]. New York: J.J. Audubon; Philadephia: J.B. Chevalier, [1843].

    Part 63 from the first octavo edition. Octavo (10.75 x 7 inches; 273 x 177 mm.). 173-200 pages. With five hand-colored lithograph plates, complete with original tissue guards. Also with two loose plates from earlier parts, Pl. 8 from No. 2 ("Harlan's Buzzard") and Pl. 16 from No. 4 ("Black-shouldered Elanus").

    Original printed beige paper wrappers. Manuscript number "63" inscribed after printed "No." on front wrapper. Scattered light foxing, most especially to tissue guards. A subtle short tear to fore-edge of rear wrapper with a very early tape repair. Overall a very good copy.

    A handsome copy of a scarce item. Audubon sold his first octavo edition of the Birds of America by subscription, issued in 100 parts from 1841-1844. Nearly all subscribers bound up the parts in seven volumes upon the work's completion, discarding the wrappers. Thus individual parts with the wrappers intact, like the present lot, are extremely rare.

    Ayer/Zimmer, p. 22. Nissen, IVB, 51. Sabin 2364.

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