The New and Heretofore Unfigured Species of the Birds of North America, Parts I, IV, V, VIII, XII, XIII and XIV/XV (8 of 15 total parts published), each part in its original pictorial boards as issued

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The New and Heretofore Unfigured Species of the Birds of North America, Parts I, IV, V, VIII, XII, XIII and XIV/XV (8 of 15 total parts published), each part in its original pictorial boards as issued

By Elliot, Daniel Giraud

SKU# 18158

$ 21,500.00

Pp. (64, descriptive text + frontis matter for work), 37 full page hand-colored lithographed plates, 21 mounted engravings.  Original printed pale-green boards, spine with the original one-quarter black leather (restored), double-elephant folio (24 x 19 inches; 61.5 x 48.5 cm).  This work was originally issued by subscription in fifteen parts (75 subscribers), published from 1866 to 1869.  Eight of the fifteen parts (I, IV, V, VIII, XII, XIII and XIV/XV) are offered here.  The common names of the birds follow.  Part I: Gray Sea Eagle, Allied Wren, White Billed Loon, Fiery Grosbeak, and Red Billed Auk.  Part IV: Pacific Auk, White-throated Finch, Caspian Tern, Long-Crested Jay and Gigantic Fulmar.  Part V: Spectacled Eider, Plain Crested Chicadee, Long Billed Snipe, Northern Swift, and The Yellow-nosed Albatross.  Part VIII: Band Tail Hawk, Lead Colored Vireo, Coues’ Vireo, Swainson’s Vireo, Little Vireo, Cape St. Lucas Guillemot. Grace’s Warbler, Bonaparte’s Petrel, and Cuneate Tail Petrel.  Part XII: Greenland Falcon, House Sparrow, Whitney’s Pigmy Owl, Heloisa’s Hummingbird, Short-Billed Gull and Hutchins’ Snowy Owl.  Part XIII: Iceland Falcon, Mexican Satellite, Kennicott’s Owl, Rocky Bird, and Flammulated Owl.  Part XIV/XV: Tufted Cormorant, Blue Wavey, Pallas’ Cormorant, Pacific Eider, Latham’s Guillemot, Skua Gull and Large-Billed Puffin.  Parts XIV/XV also contain the title pages for volumes 1 and 2, the dedication, the list of subscribers, the Preface, Introduction, Explanation of Abbreviations, List of Authors/Works, List of Plates/Species in Vol. I and Vol. II.  In the Preface, Elliot makes his intentions known as to why he published this work: “Since the time of Wilson and Audubon, no work has been published upon American Ornithology, containing life-size reproductions of the various species that have been discovered since the labors of those great men were finished.”  See also Zimmer 205, Anker 129, Fine Bird Birds (1990), p. 95.  No ownership marks.

Publisher privately published by the author
Publisher Place New York
Date Published 1866-1899
Date Published Estimated No
Edition First edition
Number of Volumes 1
Reprint No
Condition Near fine
Condition Description Light foxing and edge-wear to some of the outer boards, outer edge of some most boards show wear, a few rub marks to the rear boards, the front endpaper of some parts show a vertical crease, repair to outer edges or corner of some blank endpapers, light foxing or browning to some blank endpapers, all of the fine color plates and the text are very bright and clean without any foxing or browning; a tight and clean copy in near fine condition.
ISBN
Limited Edition