29 October 2013
DOUGHTY, John and Thomas (1793-1856). The Cabinet of Natural History and American Rural Sports. Philadelphia: Published by J. Doughty 1830-32-33.
3 volumes in 2, 4o (294 x 235 mm). 3 engraved titles, 2 engraved portraits, and 57 mostly lithographed plates after Thomas Doughty and others (53 colored lithographs, one colored etching, 2 uncolored engravings, and one uncolored wood-engraving), 17 in-text wood engravings. (Some browning, staining and spotting, a few leaves with short marginal tears.) Modern tan half morocco, ORIGINAL BLUE FRONT WRAPPER for volume 3 bound in. Provenance: acquired from Goodspeed's Bookshop, 1970.
FIRST EDITION OF "THE FIRST COLORED-PLATE SPORTING BOOK PRINTED IN AMERICA" (Henderson). Originally issued in monthly parts. Bennett notes that Volume 3 is "perhaps the most difficult of all American sport items to find...Artistically Vol. 1 is much the most important, for it contains the original plates by Thos. Doughty, famous painter and founding-father of the Hudson River School." 31 plates depict American birds. Bennett, p. 35; Henderson, p. 40; Howes D-433; Reese Stamped with a National Character 12. (2)
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