American Ornithology; or, the Natural History of the Birds of the United States. Illustrated with plates engraved from drawings from nature, 4 volumes bound in 1 thick volume, Popular edition
By Wilson, Alexander and Bonaparte, Charles L.
Pp. cxxxii, xvi, 214, viii, 390, (v)-viii, 9-426; with 28 pages of illustrations with over 100 monochrome plates illustrated (many with 4 plates to the page). Publisher’s original wine red cloth, spine is lettered in gilt that is high-lighted in black, the front cover is blind-stamped and lettered in black with a gilt eagle vignette in the center, thick sm 4to. This is a composite reprint of the Ord edition in three volumes (1828-29) of Wilson’s American Ornithology with Bonaparte’s American Ornithology originally issued in 1825-1833. A combined index is given at the close of the work. The plates consist of zinc etchings after the original drawings of Wilson’s and Bonaparte’s works reduced and slightly modified by the omission of backgrounds and other accessories and usually combing four to the page. The work also contains a long chapter on the ‘Life of Wilson’ taken from the Ord (1828-29) edition (from Zimmer - Ayer, p. 686). No ownership marks and few signs of use.
|Publisher||Porter & Coates|
|Date Published||no date, (~1878)|
|Date Published Estimated||Yes|
|Number of Volumes||1|
|Condition Description||Light edge-wear to cloth; a bright and clean copy in near fine condition.|