AUDUBON, JOHN JAMES. 1785-1851. The Birds of America, from drawings made in the United States and their territories. New York: George R. Lockwood, late Roe, Lockwood & Son, n.d. [1870-1871].
Lot 2110
AUDUBON, JOHN JAMES. 1785-1851. The Birds of America, from drawings made in the United States and their territories. New York: George R. Lockwood, late Roe, Lockwood & Son, n.d. [1870-1871].
US$ 15,000 - 25,000
£8,900 - 15,000
Auction Details
Lot Details
AUDUBON, JOHN JAMES. 1785-1851.
The Birds of America, from drawings made in the United States and their territories. New York: George R. Lockwood, late Roe, Lockwood & Son, n.d. [1870-1871].
8 volumes. Royal 8vo (262 x 172 mm). Half-titles. 500 hand-colored lithographed plates after Audubon by W.E. Hitchcock, R. Trembley and others, numerous wood-engraved illustrations. Original brown morocco, covers blocked with elaborate blind-stamped panels, spines tooled in blind with gilt lettering, gilt turn-ins, gilt edges. Some foxing, mostly to margins and at ends but lightly affecting about one third of the plates and heavier to about 50 plates, bindings with some scuffing to extremities, small splits to joints of vols I and II.

THE FINAL OCTAVO EDITION OF AUDUBON'S GREAT WORK, and the most difficult to obtain. The Lockwood firm apparently lost most of the octavo prints for this edition when a floor in their Philadelphia printing shop collapsed, according to Ron Tyler in his Audubon's Great National Work (1993). Although Audubon built his reputation on the massive and spectacular double-elephant folio, it is through the widespread influence of the various editions of the so-called "Octavo Audubon" that his reputation as the great American ornithologist has endured. Nissen IVB 52; Sabin 2364.
Activities
Contacts
  1. Christina Geiger
    Specialist - Books, Maps, Manuscripts and Historical Photographs
    Bonhams
    Work
    580 Madison Avenue
    New York, 10022
    United States
    Work +1 212 644 9094
    FaxFax: +1 212 644 9007
Similar items
After John James Audubon (American, 1785-1851); Hooping Crane; After John James Audubon (American, 1785-1851); Fish Hawk or Osprey, Falco Haliaetus. Male (Pl. LXXXI); After John James Audubon (American, 1785-1851) Snowy Owl (Pl. 121)  From the Havell edition of The Birds of America, handcolored engraving with aquatint and etching, laid down, framed. sheet size 38 x 25in After John James Audubon (American, 1785-1851) Iceland or Jer Falcon (Pl. 366), 1837 From the Havell edition of The Birds of America, handcolored engraving with aquatint and etching on J Whatman 1837? paper, 2 short tears at bottom and right margins, light edge-toning, framed. sheet 37 3/4 x 25in AUDUBON, JOHN JAMES. 1785-1851.  The Birds of America, from drawings made in the United States and their territories. New York & Philadelphia: Audubon and J.B.Chevalier, [1839]-1840-1844.<BR /> AUDUBON, JOHN JAMES. Birds of America. NY: 1840. First Octavo edition. 7 vols.