AUDUBON, JOHN JAMES 1785-1851. & BACHMAN, JOHN. 1790-1874.
The Quadrupeds of North America. New York: V.G. Audubon, 1854. 3 volumes. viii, 383; , 334; , [vi], 348,  pp. Illustrated with 155 full-page hand-colored lithographs after John James Audubon & John Woodhouse Audubon. 8vo (269 x 172 mm). Period half black morocco over marbled boards, spine lettered and decorated in gilt, a.e.g. Occasional light scattered foxing, rarely affecting plates, which are generally fresh, endpapers, half-title, and final page of each volume toned, covers with corners lightly bumped and rubbed, head and tail of spines rubbed, upper joint of first volume tender, some stray marks, an excellent set.
Mixed edition with some plates by Nagel & Weingaertner in first volume. The Quadrupeds was the last great enterprise of Audubons life, begun shortly after the completion of his Birds. Even at an advanced age, Audubon undertook, with his sons, John Woodhouse and Victor, an expedition in 1843 to obtain specimens in the Western frontier. Audubons sons assisted and continued the project as their fathers health began to wane, with John Woodhouse executing many of the original drawings and Victor handling much of the business side. The project was completed posthumously, though still stands as one of Audubons great achievements. Nissen 163; Sabin 2368.