Ornithological Biography, the Philadelphia edition
Ornithological Biography, the Philadelphia edition

JOHN JAMES AUDUBON, 1832

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Ornithological Biography, the Philadelphia edition
John James Audubon, 1832
AUDUBON, John James (1785-1851). Ornithological Biography, or an Account of the Habits of the Birds of the United States of America. Philadelphia: E.L. Carey and A. Hart, 1832.

First and only volume of the Philadelphia edition, presentation copy for J.J. Abert. Inscribed: “To Col. J.J. Abert with the sincerest good wishes of his friend John J. Audubon.” Colonel John James Abert (1788-1863) of the Corps of Topographical Engineers organized the mapping of the American West and aided Audubon in his 1837 expedition to the Gulf of Mexico (see lots 197 and 198 for Abert's works). Ornithological Biography was ultimately five volumes but the first was the only one published in Philadelphia by Cary and Hart: Volume 2 was published in Boston by Hilliard, Gray, and Company in 1835; Volumes 3-5 were published in Edinburgh by Adam & Charles Black, 1835-39. Sabin notes "some copies of Vol. 1 have the imprint, Edinburgh, A & C. Black, 1831." Narratives of Personal Experience 6; Sabin 2366.

Octavo (270 x 165mm). Half title. (Browning internally, some dampstaining to leaves throughout). Red cloth (rebacked). Provenance: Colonel John James Abert, 1788-1863 (presentation inscription).

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