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    Audubon's Quadrupeds, with 155 Hand-Colored Lithographs and Eleven True First Edition Plates.

    John James Audubon and John Bachman. The Quadrupeds of North America. New York: V. G. Audubon, 1854, 1854, 1857. Mixed second and third editions. 155 hand-colored lithographs, after drawings by John James Audubon and his son, John Woodhouse Audubon. Among these 155 plates are eleven lithographed by the New York firm of Nagel & Weingaertner, the true first edition plates. Three octavo volumes. viii, 383, [3, blank]; 334, [6, blank]; v, 348, [2, blank] pages. Contemporary black morocco, elaborately and decoratively ruled in gilt. Gilt in compartments on spine. All edges gilt. Gilt turn-ins. Corners bumped. Scratches and scuffing to leather, most predominantly to volume II. Very minimal separation to joints at spine ends. Most tissue guards have scattered foxing and staining. There are a few isolated stains throughout the text. Most plates have thumbsoiling to margins (not affecting images). Internally bright. A very good set.
    Volume I: Front free endpaper lacking. Ink ownership signature to front flyleaf. Small ownership sticker to front and rear pastedowns and bottom margin of page 194 (not affecting text). Front board over-opened. Staining to pages 208-209, moderately affecting text.
    Volume II: Rebacked with the original leather spine strip laid over. Hinges repaired with renewed endpapers and pastedowns (original yellow endpapers are now flyleaves). Scattered foxing to preliminary and endleaves. Staining and rubbing to flyleaves. Small, scattered pencil signatures to front and rear flyleaves.
    Volume III: Textblock detached from binding at hinges. Scattered foxing to preliminary and endleaves. Over-opened at page 42, 48-49, 98, 178-179. Page 103-104 detached. The gathering that starts with plate CXXIV is loose. Pages 104-112 loose in textblock.
    Plates: Plate III lacking tissue guard. Plate IV with some staining to left margin, not affecting, image. Some staining to upper left margin of Plate VI, not affecting image. Tissue guard for Plate XIII has a large open tear to the lower left corner. Tissue guard for Plate XXIV has closed tear to right side. Plate XXIX-staining to lower and left margin, not affecting image. Plate XXXVIII with minor loss to tissue. Plate XL with minor loss to lower left corner of tissue. Plate XLI with tearing to tissue. Plate LI is soiled. Plate LIII minor loss to lower right corner of tissue. Plate LVIX with closed tear to tissue. Plate LVIII with minor loss to tissue. Plates LVIII and LIX reversed. (the text seems to have been reversed as well, but with continuous pagination). Plate LXII with minor loss to bottom edge of tissue. Plate LXIII with tattered right edge to tissue. Plate LXVII with staining to left margin, not affecting image. LXVIII with loss to right edge of tissue. Plate LXXI with most of tissue lacking. Except for those mentioned, all plates have their accompanying tissue guards.
    At the outset of creating the octavo edition, the New York firm of Nagel & Weingaertner was hired to do the lithography; however, early on in the project, the Audubons went back to their favorite lithographer, J. T. Bowen of Philadelphia. Therefore, ONLY plates bearing the name of Nagel & Weingaertner could truly be called first edition plates. This set contains eleven (of a possible 29) true first edition Nagel & Weingaertner plates: Plate XI (Northern Hare), Plate XVI (Canada Lynx), Plate XVII (Cat-Squirrel), Plate XVIII (Marsh Hare), Plate XIX (Soft-Haired Squirrel), XX (Townsend's Ground Squirrel), XXII (Grey Rabbit), XXIII (Black Rat), XXIV (Four Striped Ground Squirrel), XXV (Downy Squirrel) and XXXI (Collared Peccary). The remaining plates are lithographed by J. T. Bowen, Philadelphia.
    Though Quardupeds was to be Audubon's grand final project, his ailing health allowed him to complete only half of the plates, with his son John Woodhouse Audubon completing the other half. Rev. John Bachman provided most of the scientific commentary for the plates.

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