The Cabinet of Natural History and American Rural Sports with Illustrations
The Cabinet of Natural History and American Rural Sports with Illustrations

THOMAS DOUGHTY, 1830 AND 1832

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The Cabinet of Natural History and American Rural Sports with Illustrations
Thomas Doughty, 1830 and 1832
[DOUGHTY, Thomas (1793-1856).] The Cabinet of Natural History and American Rural Sports with Illustrations. Volume I. Philadelphia: J. and T. Doughty, 1830. [With:] The Cabinet of Natural History and American Rural Sports with Illustrations. Volume II. Philadelphia: J. and T. Doughty, 1832.

"The first major book issued in the United States to be illustrated with hand-colored lithographs" (Stamped with a National Character). The Cabinet was released in monthly parts; the present lot contains the first two volumes. Part of a third volume was also published before the project was discontinued. It is "an odd amalgam of natural history, sporting accounts, travel narratives and practical advice for the countryman … it marks the dominance of lithography in book illustration, although the process had been commercially viable in America for a decade. The plates in the first volume are by Thomas Doughty, a well known as a Hudson River School painter, who executed the drawings on the lithographic stones" (ibid.). Stamped with a National Character 12; Bennett p. 35; Howes D-433; Phillips, Sporting Books, p.69.

Two volumes (only), quarto (285 x 223mm). Vol 1: engraved portrait frontispiece, lithographed title, 24 half-colored lithographs, 1 black-and-white plate; vol 2: engraved portrait frontispiece, lithographed title, one additional engraving, 22 hand-colored lithographs (some gatherings browned, spotting and staining, dampstains). Modern quarter morocco over marbled boards by Dragonfly Bindery.

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