AUDUBON, JOHN JAMES. 1785-1851.
[Prospectus for] The Birds of America, Engraved from Drawings made in the United States and Their Territories. London: Audubon, 1831. 16 pp.
* Bound at the end of: Ornithological Biography, or an Account of the Habits of the Birds of the United States of America; Accompanied by Descriptions of the Objects Represented in the Work Entitled The Birds of America, and Interspersed with Delineations of American Scenery and Manners. Philadelphia: Judah Dobson, 1831. Volume I only. xxiv, 512. 8vo (252 x 157 mm). Period half sheep over marbled boards, rebacked, spine gilt. Toned throughout, though preliminary and final leaves browned and with some tiny chips at extremities, period inscription to half-title, endpapers foxed, covers worn.
First American Edition of the Ornithological Biography, and the Prospectus is Fries's State "E," of which only 12 copies were known to him. The Ornithological Biography was Audubon's companion text to his folio Birds of America. The first American edition is sometimes found alone as subsequent volumes and editions were handled by other publishers. Fries The Double Elephant Folio; Howes A389.