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    Alexander Wilson. American Ornithology. Or, the Natural History of the Birds of the United States. Philadelphia: Bradford and Inskeep, 1808-1814. First edition. Nine volumes. Folio (13.5 x 10 inches; 343 x 254mm). [i-iii], iv, [v], vi, 158; [i-v], iv-ix, [x-xi], xii, 167; [i-v], vi-xiv, [xv], xvi, 120; [i-v]. vi-x [xi], xii, 100; [i-iv], vi-x, [xi], xii, 122; [i-v], vi-xviii, [xix], xx, 102; [i-v], vi-ix, [x-xi], xii, 132; [i-iii], iv-vii, [viii-ix], x-xi, 144; [i-v], vi-xi, [xii-xiii], xiv-xlvii, [xlix], l-lvii, [lviii-lix], 133 pages, with index and list of subscribers. Illustrated with 76 colored engraved plates with tissue guards. Quarter leather binding with marbled boards; boards are worn, leaves ix-x and xi-xii in volume 4 are separated from text block; tape repair to leaf facing title page of volume 9; significant offsetting from plates despite tissue guards. Very good. An attractive copy of this monumental work, the first scientific work with color plates published in the United States. Wilson's American Ornithology inspired John James Audubon to pursue his own magnificent work on the same subject. Sabin 104596; Zimmer 2: 679; Nissen IVB 992.

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