American Ornithology
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American Ornithology

ALEXANDER WILSON, 1832

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American Ornithology
Alexander Wilson, 1832
WILSON, Alexander (1766-1813). American Ornithology; or The Natural History of The Birds of the United States … with a continuation by Charles Lucian Bonaparte. London: Whittaker, Treacher & Arnot, 1832.

First Jardine edition of Wilson's famous work on American birds. This is a reprint of Wilson's work with notes by Jardine, with the beginning of Bonaparte's Continuation in the third volume. The plates have been re-engraved by W.H. Lizars after Wilson's drawings to a higher standard than previous editions. The plates in Bonaparte's text are after Titian Peale, son of antiquarian Charles Willson Peale. Anker 534; Nissen 996; Sabin 104598.

Three volumes, octavo (210 x 134mm). Half-titles, portrait frontispiece, 97 hand-colored engraved plates (some mild offsetting, a little spotting on a few plates, a few captions just shaved). 19th-century green half morocco over marbled boards, gilt birds stamped on spine, edges gilt (worn at extremities, spines browned, upper hinge cracked in volume 3). Provenance: a few pencil comments, one mentioning "Mrs Trollope" – note laid in with pressed flower from "Mr Gibson."

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