7 December 2015
AUDUBON, John James (1785-1851). The Birds of America, from drawings made in the United States and their Territories. New York: George Lockwood, [ca 1870-1871].
8 volumes, royal 8° (275 x 187 mm). Half-titles, 500 hand-colored lithographic plates. (Some browning and spotting, a few short tears, plate 289 with tear crossing image.) Contemporary three quarter green morocco over marbled boards, gilt, spines gilt, top edge gilt (some light wear, particularly to extremities).
Later edition. The Birds became financial and popular successes in the smaller format, with the Audubon family authorizing as many as eight editions after Audubon's death in 1851. George Lockwood bound the Birds in eight, rather than seven, volumes and printed the plates whenever possible from the same stone and stereotype plates made in the 1840s and 1850s.The Lockwood edition represents the last octavo edition printed from these original stones; they were destroyed sometime after 1870 by a fire in a Philadelphia warehouse. Roe Lockwood & Son published the second folio edition of Audubon's Birds, which failed commercially in part due to the outbreak of the Civil War. As a major creditor for the second edition, Lockwood gained publication rights and the lithographic stones for Audubon's works, from which this final octavo edition was printed. Ayer/Zimmer pp.25-26; Nissen IVB 52; Wood p. 209.
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Please note that plate 289 does not have a tear crossing the image.
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