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The Birds of America From Drawings Made in the United States and Their Territories (8 Volume set) with 500 Original Hand Colored Plates by  John James Audubon - Hardcover - from Alcuin Books, ABAA-ILAB (SKU: 025042)

The Birds of America From Drawings Made in the United States and Their Territories (8 Volume set) with 500 Original Hand Colored Plates

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The Birds of America From Drawings Made in the United States and Their Territories (8 Volume set) with 500 Original Hand Colored Plates

by Audubon, John James

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New York (1870): George R. Lockwood. Octavo. The last and best of the preferred editions issued in original publisher's full brown morocco, decorated in blind, raised bands, with title gilt, containing 500 superb tinted and hand-colored plates. Not only were the artists-illustrators able to use the original 435 plates from the double-elephant folio reducing the plates by camera lucida but they were also able to make certain only one species was depicted per plate, thus they were made available an additional 65 plates. The original plates were destroyed in a Philadelphia warehouse fire in the early 1870's. This rare edition collates the same as the reported copies at the University of California, Berkeley and Cornell with each bearing the 1870 date and containing the index at the end of Volume VIII (which is lacking in the other editions). Other libraries report variant editions lacking the index and the 1870 date. It is for this reason that later editions are reprinted without the index and the scarcity of this the last great and most preferred edition. Each plate perfect lacking any of the browning or spotting as was present even in the Pirie copy [which also had a severe tear on plate 259]. Even the Sigety copy had faint offsetting. This copy has been preserved with the original tissue guards and maintained in obvious ideal condition since its issue in 1870. Though they do not provide complete descriptive bibliographic notes, Sabin 2364 and Nissen 52 (as well as Reese's exhibit at the Grolier [Reese 34], our description here provides the most exact collation. Superb condition with the half-title present in all volumes. All plates are present with four plates in volume III present but bound out of sequence. [see below] Detailed collation is as follows: Beige backgrounds Volume I. Half-title, viii; xv, [11]12-246pp. Plates 1-70; Volume II. Half-title, vii, [11]12-199pp., Plates 71-140; Volume III. Half-title, viii, [9]10-233, Plates 141-210; sequence of plates 55 and 56 misbound and plates 87 and 88 misbound though all plates present.; Volume IV. Half-title, viii, [9]10-321pp. Plates 211-280. ; Volume V. Half-title, viii, [9]10-346pp., 281-350. Volume VI. Half-title, vii, [9]10-298pp., Plates 351-394; Volume VII. Half-title, vii, [9]10-285pp., Plates 395-440 Volume VIII. Half-title, viii, [9]10-266pp., with index to all eight volumes. Plates 441-500.

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Bookseller
Alcuin Books, ABAA-ILAB US (US)
Bookseller Inventory #
025042
Title
The Birds of America From Drawings Made in the United States and Their Territories (8 Volume set) with 500 Original Hand Colored Plates
Author
Audubon, John James
Book condition
Used
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1
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
George R. Lockwood
Place of Publication
New York (1870)
Keywords
Orinthology; Hand-colored Plates of Birds; Camera Lucida
Bookseller catalogs
Natural History;
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raised band(s)
Raised bands refer to the ridges that protrude slightly from the spine on leather bound books.  The bands are created...[more]
folio
A folio usually indicates a large book size of 15" in height or larger when used in the context of a book description....[more]
morocco
Morocco is a style of leather book binding that is usually made with goatskin, as it is durable and easy to dye. (see also...[more]
gilt
The decorative application of gold or gold coloring to a portion of a book on the spine, edges of the text block, or an inlay in...[more]
plate
Full page illustration or photograph. Plates are printed separately from the text of the book, and bound in at production. I.e.,...[more]
octavo
Another of the terms referring to page or book size, octavo refers to a standard printer's sheet folded four times, producing...[more]

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