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    Audubon's Birds of America with a Signed Presentation by U. S. Grant, Together with the Quadrupeds

    John James Audubon. The Birds of America, from Drawings Made in the United States and their Territories. New York: V. G. Audubon, 1856.

    The second octavo edition. Presentation plate mounted on front pastedown of volume I, in which this set is presented to Dr. Grimm, Vice President of the Superior Court of Berlin, for his help in settling a territory dispute between the United States and Great Britain, which is signed by U. S. Grant in the lower right corner. Seven large octavo volumes. Five hundred hand-finished color lithographed plates by J.T. Bowen after Audubon, woodcuts in the text.

    Publisher's full brown morocco over beveled boards, elaborately tooled in brown on covers and spine, gilt lettering on spine, blind board edges and turn-ins, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Some light rubbing and very minor wear. Still, a near fine set.

    After Audubon's death, his sons Victor and John issued several editions of the Birds of America. In the present edition, the first of these, the backgrounds of the plates are colored, while in the original octavo edition, issued by Audubon in 1840-44, they were uncolored. Some of the plates for the present edition were redrawn, primarily when the original stones were broken or damaged. The majority of the plates are the same as those in the double elephant folio edition of 1827-38, the figures having been reduced by John W. Audubon using a camera lucida.

    [Together With:]

    John James Audubon and John Bachman. The Quadrupeds of North America. New York: Published by V. G. Audubon, 1854.

    Second octavo edition. Three octavo volumes (10 1/2 x 6 3/4 inches; 267 x 171 mm.). viii, 383, [1, blank]; [4], 334, [2, blank]; [2], v, [1, blank], 348, [1, general contents], [3, blank] pp. With 155 fine hand-colored lithographed plates after Audubon and J. W. Audubon by W. E. Hitchcock and R. Trembly.

    Publisher's full brown morocco over beveled boards, elaborately tooled in brown on covers and spine, gilt lettering on spine, blind board edges and turn-ins, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt, uniform with the set above. Minor rubbing and wear. Near fine.

    The Quadrupeds was first published in elephant folio between 1845 and 1848 in thirty parts, to correspond to three volumes, with 150 colored plates. The text appeared subsequently in 1846, 1851, and 1852. This was supplemented in 1854 by an additional volume of text and six plates. In 1849, 1851, and 1854 the octavo edition was released in thirty-one parts, followed by a bound octavo edition with the same dates. This edition contained 155 plates, being all those in the original folio edition, plus five of the six in the 1854 folio supplement, reduced by means of the camera lucida. The octavo edition was seen through the press by Audubon's sons, John W. and Victor, as the author was in declining health during its preparation and died in January of 1851. Bound copies of the octavo edition with the V. G. Audubon imprint, including some in publisher's bindings, have been cited with various combinations of dates, some as late as 1856.

    Anker 19; first octavo edition: Bennett, p. 5; BMNH I, p. 71; McGill/Wood, p. 208; Nissen, ZBI, 163, IVB 52; Phillips, Sporting Books, p. 27; Sabin 2368, 2364; Tyler, Audubon's Great National Work, Appendix 2.


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