6 December 2013
AUDUBON, John James and Rev. John BACHMAN. The Quadrupeds of North America. New York: V.G. Audubon, 1854.
3 volumes, 8o (264 x 177 mm). Half-titles, 155 hand-colored lithographed plates by W.E. Hitchcock and R. Trembly after J.J. and John Wodehouse Audubon. (Spotted, slight marginal dampstain to a few leaves.) Original publisher's brown morocco, edges gilt (Vol. 3 upper hinge broken, lightly rubbed). Provenance: Daniel Newhall (inscription dated 1855).
Second octavo edition of Audubon's final great work. The work was the result of Audubon's collaboration with John Bachman, a Lutheran Pastor who had studied quadrupeds from his youth and who was recognized as an authority in the United States. The two began their association when Audubon stayed with Bachman and his family in Charleston for a month in 1831. Audubon knew that Bachman's contribution was critical but had a hard time convincing his friend to take part. Bachman eventually relented, with the proviso that all profits, and expenses, were to be the Audubons: the work was expected to show a healthy return and he was eager to benefit his sons-in-law Victor and John Woodhouse Audubon. Nissen ZBI 163. (3)
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