AUDUBON, John James (1785-1851). The Birds of America, from Drawings made in the United States and their Territories. New York: J.J. Audubon; Philadelphia: J.B. Chevalier,  1840-1844. 7 volumes, royal 8so (260 x 165 mm). 500 hand-colored lithographed plates after Audubon by W.E. Hitchcock, R. Trembly and others, printed and colored by J.T. Bowen, wood-engraved anatomical diagrams in text, subscribers list in all volumes (very occasional and minor offsetting through original tissue guards, extreme edges of leaves occasionally darkened, small blank marginal loss to text leaf 26/2 in volume IV). Contemporary half purple hard-grained morocco (spine on volume VII detached but present, front hinge of volume V cracked, others with wear at extremities). FIRST OCTAVO EDITION. Provenance: John Chipman Gray, signature at front of volumes I, IV and VI (bookplates). J.C. Gray is noted as an original Boston subscriber in volume I. Ayer/Zimmer p.22; Bennett p.5; McGill/Wood p.208; Nissen IVB 51; Sabin 2364. (7)
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