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WILSON, Alexander (1766-1813). American Ornithology; or, the Natural History of the Birds of the United States: Illustrated with Plates. Engraved and Colored from Original Drawings taken from Nature. Philadelphia: Robert [-and William] Carr for Bradford and Inskeep, 1808-1814 [vols. I-VI, IX]; Philadelphia: Thomas H. Palmer for Samuel F. Bradford, 1824 [vols. VII and VIII].
9 volumes, 2o (343 x 266 mm). List of subscribers at end of vol. IX. 76 hand-colored engraved plates by Alexander Lawson, George Murray, John G. Warnicke and Benjamin Tanner after Wilson (some mostly light foxing, offsetting, soiling, and occasional dampstaining heaviest in vol. VI). Contemporary red quarter roan, marbled boards (spines broken, worn). Provenance: Thomas Edmondson, Jr. (bookplates); Henry Gibson (booklabels).
Mixed edition, FIRST EDITION of Vols. I-VI and IX (reissues of vols. VII and VIII) of "THE FIRST TRULY GREAT AMERICAN ORNITHOLOGY AND ALSO THE FIRST TRULY OUTSTANDING AMERICAN COLOR PLATE BOOK OF ANY TYPE" (Bennett). Wilson died before the eighth volume was published, and the text of the work was completed from his notes by George Ord, who also contributed a lengthy biography of Wilson to the final volume. Anker 533; Bennett, p.114; Fine Bird Books, p.114; Nissen IVB 992; Sabin 104597; Wood, p.630; Zimmer, p.679. (9)