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The Quadrupeds of North America
. New York: V.[ictor] G.[ifford] Audubon, 1851-1851-1854. Second octavo edition of the first volume, first editions of the second and third. Three volumes, modern three-quarters black pebbled leather, utilizing original marbled boards, all edges marbled. 10 3/8 x 6 3/4 inches (26.5 x 17.5 cm); viii, 383, [1] pp.; [2], 334 pp.; [2], 348 pp., [iv] pp.; complete with one hundred fifty-five hand-finished chromolithographs with tissue guards by R. Trembly (first volume) and William E. Hitchcock (second and third volumes), after J. A. and J. W. Audubon. Some wear to the covers, rebound as noted, the hinges at the (apparently original) marbled endpapers reinforced with cloth, first signature reinforced at gutter, tears with loss to lower margin of pp. 3-6 and two the margin of plate XVI, but in all a sound, clean example internally. Some (generally minor) toning and spotting to the text as usual, a few plate imprints slightly shaved, but though the tissue guards are occasionally a bit foxed and discolored, almost all the plates are free from foxing and other defects.
Bennett, p 5; Nissen ZBI 163; Reese Stamped With A National Character 38; Sabin 2638; Wood p. 208.

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